DALLAS – The Dallas Mavericks are a disappointing 11-8 since acquiring point guard Rajon Rondo in a Dec. 18 trade with the Boston Celtics.
Before the trade, the Mavs were 19-8.
But don’t tell coach Rick Carlisle that what has hampered the Mavs lately has anything to do with the players trying to get acclimated to Rondo, or Rondo trying to get accustomed to his new teammates.
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"This isn’t a Rondo thing,’’ Carlisle said after Tuesday’s 109-90 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies at American Airlines Center. "This is a team thing.
"Right now we’ve got to circle the wagons and we’ve got to be able to sustain.’’
The Mavs sustained very little Tuesday as the Grizzlies shot 53.2 percent from the field, converted 10-of-21 shots from 3-point range, won the rebounding battle 40-35, and just really settled in and made themselves right at home.
It was as if the Grizzlies sucker-punched the Mavs, and the Mavs had no counter punch, as they bore no resemblance to the team that won in Memphis eight days ago, 103-95.
"It’s tough having nights like tonight,’’ center Tyson Chandler said. "We have to play the style of basketball that we played down there against Memphis every single night and we’ll beat really good teams and we’ll take care of teams we’re supposed to beat.’’