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Film session of Clippers loss gets two thumbs down for the Mavericks

DALLAS -- Film session for the Dallas Mavericks probably wasn't pleasant Tuesday morning.

Especially after Monday's 94-75 home loss to the Los Angeles Clippers in which the Mavericks looked like anything but defending NBA champions. In fact, the Mavericks didn't even look like a playoff team.

"It wasn't very good," coach Rick Carlisle said of the film session. "It's not who we've been, and so it's disappointing. We looked at it, we know what we've got to do and now we've got to do it."

Anything that could go wrong against the Clippers, went wrong for the Mavericks. Carlisle acknowledged that "it only counted as one loss," but it was a demoralizing one considering home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs could have been at stake.

The Mavericks (30-24) have to regroup quickly for tonight's game at American Airlines Center against the Memphis Grizzlies (30-22).

"We have to bounce back and respond," Carlisle said. "I don't see any other options."

With 12 games remaining, the Mavericks are seeded sixth in the Western Conference standings -- one game behind the Grizzlies. Stacking wins becomes paramount at this stage of the season.

"With the urgency that's in front of us, with everything, with the homestand, with the way things are in the standings, we've got to do things at a very high level," Carlisle said. "We didn't get there [Monday] night. This a new night."

Injury watch

With Jason Kidd slated to miss his second of at least four games with a strained right groin, Rick Carlisle expressed confidence in Kidd's backups -- Delonte West and Rodrigue Beaubois.

"[Dominique Jones] is available, and DJ's done some things this year," Carlisle said. "But D-West and Beaubois are going to have to get the job done for us in large part."

Carlisle said it's also possible he might use Jason Terry some from a matchup standpoint.

"I believe in West and Beaubois, and they've both proven this year that they're capable," Carlisle said. "Right now they're the two guys that's going to have to get it done for us in Jason's absence."

Weary Grizzlies?

Tonight will be the Grizzlies' fifth game in six nights and third in three nights. Memphis defeated Golden State 98-94 at home Tuesday.

Normally, that would be an advantage for the Mavericks. But the Mavericks had two off days before getting drubbed Monday by the Clippers.

"Every time we step on the court is an opportunity," Rick Carlisle said. "It's an opportunity to take advantage of that. But we're going to have to step up there with a much stronger disposition than we did [Monday] night."

Odom returns

After a stomach illness forced him home from Sunday's practice and out of Monday's game, forward Lamar Odom was back at practice Tuesday.

But Odom is not at full strength, and Rick Carlisle doesn't know if he'll play tonight against the Grizzlies.

"He practiced and did some things," Carlisle said.

"I expect him at shoot-around and we'll see where things are."

Dwain Price, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @DwainPrice

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