ATLANTA -- The Dallas Mavericks' character will be severely tested Saturday night when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves.
That's because that game comes less than 24 hours after the Mavs blew a 17-point third-quarter lead Friday night and lost to the Atlanta Hawks, 88-87, on an Al Horford jumper with 4.5 seconds left.
But, as is the case in the cold, hard world of the NBA, nobody cares about another team's tough losses. This is a "deal with it'' league.
"Look, we don't have a whole lot of time to mope about this,'' coach Rick Carlisle said. "We've got to turn around and we've got to play at home against a tough opponent, so we've got to circle the wagons.''
And do some soul seraching while they're at it.
"We've got to find a way to win this game,'' forward Dirk Nowitzki said. "Especially it’s a back-to-back situation with a good Minnesota team coming in tomorrow.''
-- Dwain Price'
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