DALLAS --In two straight games recently, the Dallas Mavericks turned the ball over just eight times against the Phoenix Suns and eight more times against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
But that luxury in ball protection didn't last long as the Mavs have turned the ball over 21 times last Wednesday in Toronto, 15 times last Friday in Brooklyn, and 17 times this past Sunday at home against Detroit. For the Mavs, lately it's as if the ball has been tossed in a tub of water and is too wet to handle.
"We've got to quit turning it over,'' coach Rick Carlisle said Monday. "Spacing's got to be better and decision-making’s got to improve.
"I think at times we’re just maybe a little too hasty to be aggressive and we've just got to allow ourselves the opportunity to read situations and then attack.''
Guard Monta Ellis had 18 of the 53 turnovers the Mavs committed during the past three games, including eight against Toronto and eight against Detroit.
-- Dwain Price
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