It all started out against the wolves on the last game of 2008, just a game after beating the clips by a fair amount. The mavs were down 29, dirk was getting no calls, rick was ejected. So the mavericks made a sensational comeback and won the game refusing to lose to the lowly timberwolves. Apparently they carried that on to the next game against philly where they had to come from behind again, this time down by 12. The mavs were using way too much energy against "soft and doughy" opponents and were starting off slow which caused them to come from behind. You think they would be more focused and start off strong against memphis? they went to memphis and got kicked right back home losing by 20. So they start off well against the injury depleted clippers up by 18 in the second and you would think that dirk and the regualrs would rest late in the game only to have the clippers be ahead by five late in the fourth and the mavs have to come from behind again. Against the Knicks? they won by five. So the mavericks head to the desert where they get pounded in the third quarter and lose josh howard. I think now the mavericks should realize that they need to step up their level of play to playing quality teams and keep playing like that against the sucky teams as well. A blowout loss to a good team on the road is just what the mavericks needed to reagin their focus. Now lets see if they come out focused and ready tonight against the sacramento kings.