DALLAS -- In this year of political campaigns, Jason Terry doesn't want to see any more flip-flopping by the Dallas Mavericks.
The Mavs guard doesn't want any more head-scratching situations such as Dallas losing by 17 points to lowly Minnesota on Sunday, then turning around the next day and bouncing talented Oklahoma City by 13.
"We're just trying to get wins now any way we can," Terry said. "The last couple of games we definitely have seen spurts of how we're capable of playing.
"We're definitely encouraged. But our thing is if you're able to play the way you played [Monday] night, why do you play the way you played against Minnesota?"
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As Dallas (2-4) prepares to host the Phoenix Suns (2-3) at 7:30 tonight, Terry said it's time the Mavs take the so-called weak teams as seriously as they take the so-called elite teams.
"For me it's going to be more seriousness," Terry said. "The play time is over. Make more of a concerted effort to come in and really focus in on the task at hand."
Backup center Ian Mahinmi, who contributed 10 points and nine boards in the 100-87 win over the Thunder, agreed with Terry that it's time for the Mavs to get focused for 48 solid minutes.
"Obviously we got off to a bad start, so that kind of hit us in the face," Mahinmi said. "Now there's no time for us to take any steps back. Like Jet said, we need to turn that switch on and keep it on."
That's exactly what the Mavs plan to do tonight against the Suns.
"I just think it's all about approach -- how we approach each game," Terry said. "Against a team like Oklahoma you come out and you know it's going to be a playoff-type atmosphere and you have a veteran group of guys that understand what that means.
"Against a Minnesota, we don't know, we haven't seen them much, they're young, you think you can just walk in there. That's not the case."
The Timberwolves closed Monday's game on a surprising 15-0 run that turned a two-point lead into a 99-82 victory. That spurt dumbfounded the Mavs, who have had more than their share of awkward moments in the first six games.
"When they've got a guy like [T-Wolves forward] Kevin Love playing the way he is -- you saw [Monday] night -- San Antonio faced him and he pretty much dismantled them," Terry said.
"So you cannot take anyone lightly in this league this year, this season, with the rigorous schedule."
With Monday's game against Oklahoma City their fourth game in five nights, it was generally assumed that the Mavs would take Tuesday off so the players could rest; especially because they host Phoenix tonight and play at San Antonio on Thursday.
But the Mavs were on the practice court Tuesday trying to patch up a few things and develop some cohesiveness.
"That's why we had a shoot-around [Monday]," Jason Terry said. "On a back-to-back, usually we come in at about 5 o'clock.
"[Monday] we came at 10:30, did a nice shoot-around, got loose. We're starting to approach this thing the way we should."
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