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T'Wolves 117, Mavs 108: How Low Can They Go? |
Nowitzki was supposed to be at a team meeting at 5 p.m. From what I gather, he was in the building but somehow managed to show up 25 minutes late. According to team rules – and rules are rules – the tardiness precluded him from starting the game. Too bad; the last time Dirk played in a game that he did not start was on Dec. 14, 1999, in a loss to the Spurs. His rookie year, he came off the bench 23 times. Since then, just twice – counting Friday.

Nowitzki's at fault, but it's a rare slip-up | DMN
 "I was late, so it was my fault and I came off the bench," Nowitzki said. "We all got to be accountable. I got to take it like a man."

Mavs Morning Donuts: Where's Tim Thomas? |
As Dallas had beaten Minny 13 straight times, and as Dallas just lost to Minny 117-108, the longest active streak of one team kicking another team’s ass is over. The Mavs’ streak that lives on: Really weird losses at home under really weird circumstances.

Dirk doesn't start, Mavericks can't finish in loss to Wolves | DMN
"I think this team has more pride than it's showing," Carlisle said. "We need to dig down and find some pride." ... Nowitzki, by the way, had no desire to get into a discussion about whether the Mavericks have what it takes as the roster stands now. "It's just that right now we're in a little funk, a little hole," he said. "I'm not looking for any help anywhere else but in this locker room."

Mavs fall victim to the Wolves in Beaubois' coming out party |
"(Beaubois) was active. We all know he's made progress. Finishing a game like that is something he hasn't quite done...He certainly came up and made some plays. A couple times, he got in tough situations. But his intentions were very good and his effort was good. There were a few rookie mistakes in the fourth quarter that were costly, but he definitely played aggressively," the coach said of the young guard. "It makes me feel comfortable, because he's showing that he is trusting me," Beaubois said of the confidence Carlisle is giving the budding star. "I have to keep working to show him that he's right, and to help the team win games."

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