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DALLAS — Battling through a drought on their home floor and hoping to have their best perimeter defender available for the next game, the Dallas Mavericks returned to the practice court Monday with the bitter taste of a 92-80 loss to the New York Knicks still in their mouths.
Suffering back-to-back losses to begin a three-game homestand and sliding to a fourth straight defeat at American Airlines Center, the Mavericks (19-15) were then forced to practice without four-time All-Star Shawn Marion after the versatile forward turned his right ankle in Sunday’s loss to New York. Meanwhile, the Mavs’ front office recalled rookie Ricky Ledo from the NBA Development League, after the 6-foot-7 swingman started nine of 14 games for the Texas Legends and averaged 14.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.14 steals a contest. And with Marion’s status for Tuesday’s matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers uncertain, the Mavs may be forced to try to avoid a fifth straight home loss without their defensive catalyst.
“It was a small consideration,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said in regard to calling up Ledo in light of Marion’s injury. “I felt it was time to get Ledo back here. He’s worked very hard and he’s improved a lot. I think it’s time for him to get back up here and work with us for a little while, and I think it works out well if Shawn is going to miss a practice. We’ll see how he is tomorrow. It gives us another energetic guy for practice and gives us another available body if we’re down a man.”
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With Marion’s availability unclear, the Mavericks went back to the drawing board Monday after a lackluster performance the night before.
Finishing Sunday’s loss with 11 turnovers, which led to 21 New York points, the Mavs uncharacteristically also accumulated just 13 assists as a team on their 32 made field goals. And despite still ranking eighth in the league while dishing out 23.2 assists an outing, the Mavericks will try to get back to sharing the wealth when they welcome in the Lakers (14-20) for a second time this season, looking to replicate a 123-104 rout at home back on Nov. 5.
“We got away from our movement game a little bit and only had three assists at the half,” 11-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki said of Sunday’s lackluster performance. “Overall, the energy was a little better in the second half. We moved it a little more, got some better looks and ended up with 10 or 11 assists in the second half, which is a number that’s decent for us. But we can’t get stagnant on offense. We’re not good enough. We’re better when we’re on the move, everybody is touching it and everybody is shooting it.
“It’s tough and it’s weird, because it seems like at the beginning of the season we couldn’t win a road game and at home we were really good. We played better at home, we made shots at home, and now it seems like the other way around. For some reason we’re more focused on the road and play better. Maybe the mindset is not right at home. Maybe we think it’s going to be better at home but it’s not. We’ve got to still compete, we’ve got to play hard, and we’d love to stop the bleeding tomorrow.”
Note: The Mavs will now conclude their homestand Tuesday against the Los Angeles Lakers. Dallas leads the season series 1-0 after a 123-104 home win back on Nov. 5. The game will air locally on Fox Sports Southwest at 7:30 p.m. CT. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling (214) 747-MAVS (6287) or by visiting Mavs.com.
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