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  • The Dallas Mavericks are coming off a 95-90 home loss to Milwaukee in which they committed 20 turnovers, including five each from guard O.J. Mayo. Playing on the road against Memphis, coach Rick Carlisle knows its going to be a long night if the Mavericks duplicate those numbers. “We’re playing another team tonight that’s great at turning you over,” he said. “We’ve got to make sure we’re stronger with the ball and making better reads, particularly in some of those later game situations.”
  • At 25-31, the Mavs face a serious uphill climb in their hopes of being a playoff team. But that hasn’t stopped Carlisle from believing his team is capable of making that climb. “I’m still really enthusiastic about this group of guys and this team,” he said. “I’m not into getting into how rough things are. You know what? It’s supposed to be rough. That’s why it’s competitive. That’s why it’s professional basketball If it wasn’t, if it was some other thing where you just show up and get a paycheck, paychecks would be as high and there wouldn’t be great opportunities for growth.”
  • The Grizzlies head into tonight’s game riding a seven-game winning streak and are 9-2 in February. March will be a telling month for the current owners of the NBA’s  fifth best record, and fourth best in the Western Conference. March will bring five sets of back-to-backs and one stretch of four road games in five days. It also features games against Miami, Oklahoma City, Denver, Utah, the Los Angeles Clippers, Boston, New York, and Houston. “I think it’s no different than how the season started when we were playing against a bunch of good teams,” Grizzlies’ guard Mike Conley said. “We just take each challenge as it comes each day.” Conley was referring to the Grizzlies’ 12-2 start that featured an eight-game winning streak and wins against some of those same teams — Miami, Oklahoma City, New York, Utah, and Houston.”

– Marlon W. Morgan

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