Mavericks notes: Turnovers a problem

Posted Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014  comments  Print Reprints

Have more to add? News tip? Tell us

Those 41 turnovers the Dallas Mavericks had over the two games prior to Saturday’s have to be of major concern.

Tuesday the Miami Heat pounced on 16 Mavs turnovers and turned them into 24 points. And on Friday, the Philadelphia 76ers scored 34 points off a season-high 25 Mavericks turnovers.

“We’ll never have zero turnovers, but we have such a good offensive team and a lot of shooters and a lot of weapons that we’ve got to give ourselves a chance to at least get a shot up,” forward Dirk Nowitzki said.

Of the 25 turnovers the Mavs had during the 124-112 win over the Sixers, 17 of them came in the first half.

“Friday night’s game was a game that we needed to adjust to,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “The first quarter we were OK, [but] the second quarter was really a difficult one as far as taking care of the ball.

“It got real aggressive and they dictated the play, and at halftime we had to adjust our mindset on how to attack them, and we did a good job in the second half.”

The Mavs know turnovers are going to occur. They’re part of the game. But they just don’t want to have a bunch of them.

“It starts with taking care of the ball for us,” Carlisle said. “Because when we have the catastrophic turnovers it turns into indefensible layups and dunks and stuff and that really tip it the other way.”

Injury sets back Ellis

Monta Ellis has been slowed since he injured his hamstring during a Feb. 7 game against the Utah Jazz.

In the five games since then, Ellis is averaging just 14.6 points while shooting only 39.1 percent from the field. And if Ellis’ hamstring is still bothering him, Carlisle said the nine-year veteran doesn’t seem concerned about it.

“He never complains about any of that stuff,” Carlisle said. “He just keeps playing. He may have missed one practice. He’s been really durable and he’s been a real gamer for us.”

Dwain Price, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @dwainprice

Looking for comments?

We welcome your comments on this story, but please be civil. Do not use profanity, hate speech, threats, personal abuse, images, internet links or any device to draw undue attention. Our policy requires those wishing to post here to use their real identity.

Our commenting policy | Facebook commenting FAQ | Why Facebook?

Thursday, August 21Full Scoreboard
No games today
Full Scoreboard
Week 4Full Scoreboard
Pittsburgh21Final | Box
Philadelphia «31
Jacksonville 7:30 PM ET
Detroit TV: WXYZ7
Carolina 7:30 PM ET
New England TV: Panthers TV, WBZ
NY Giants 7:30 PM ET
NY Jets TV: CBS 2
Oakland 8:00 PM ET
Green Bay TV: CBS
Chicago 10:00 PM ET
Seattle TV: NFL Net, FOX32, Q13FOX
Tampa Bay 4:30 PM ET
Buffalo TV: NFL Network, WFLA
Tennessee 7:00 PM ET
Atlanta TV: WKRN, CW69
Dallas 7:00 PM ET
Miami TV: KTVT, CBS11, CBS4
Washington 7:30 PM ET
Baltimore TV: NBC4, CSN-DC, WBAL
St. Louis 8:00 PM ET
Cleveland TV: WKYC
New Orleans 8:00 PM ET
Indianapolis TV: CBS
Minnesota 8:00 PM ET
Kansas City TV: KARE 11, KCTV
Houston 9:00 PM ET
San Diego 4:00 PM ET
San Francisco TV: FOX
Cincinnati 8:00 PM ET
Arizona TV: NBC
Full Scoreboard
Thursday, August 21Full Scoreboard
No games today
Full Scoreboard