Mavericks notes: Turnovers a problem

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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

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