Coach Rick Carlisle spent part of Thursday talking about circling the wagon, and the need to get a victory Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. when his Dallas Mavericks play host to the Indiana Pacers.
But what do the Mavericks (32-32) need to do in order to snap a season-high four-game losing streak and upset the Pacers (34-30)?
"Well, we’ll get that done,’’ Carlisle said. "It’s a group of guys that cares deeply, but they need to be shown what they need to do a little bit better and a little more frequently, and so that’s what we did today.
"Tomorrow we have an opportunity for a good prep day.’’
On Thursday, the Mavericks did their share of work in the film room. They saw some of the good they’ve been doing lately, some of the bad they’ve been doing lately, and some of the ugly they’ve been doing lately.
The Mavericks just hope the film sessions pay off real soon. As in Saturday against the Pacers.
"He’s doing a great job, obviously, showing us stats and facts and talking to us and being real with us,’’ forward Chandler Parsons said, referring to Carlisle. "Coach has always done that, but at some point we’ve got to take the initiative.
"We’re the ones playing and we’re the ones having the mental lapses. They give us scouting reports, they give us what we need to do every night, (and) it’s our job to go out there and execute it, and we’re just not doing it to the best of our ability right now.’’
With the Mavericks’ next seven games against teams who will be in the playoffs if the postseason started today, Carlisle’s squad will find a lot about itself during a period where the competition gets stiffer.
"We can easily slide out of the playoffs if we don’t get our (act) together,’’ Parsons said. "So we’ve got to really pick it up here.
"We’re playing against really good teams and the competition is getting better, so we have to get better. We’ve never lost four in a row together, so I think this will show a lot about our team how we come out and perform Saturday.’’
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