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Jeff Caplan looks at why the Mavs haven't been able to put together a big winning streak this season.

Josh Howard says the reason is "consistency", which conveniently Eddie Sefko wrote about in the Morning News today.

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Injury Update: Brandon Bass is out for at least tonight's game in Charlotte. Apparently his foot has been bothering him for a while, but it's now to the point where he just can't play.

Monday at Washington, the 6-foot-8 power forward could play only play 10 minutes. The sharp pain he believes is associated with his Achilles’ tendon became unbearable. On Tuesday, he returned to Dallas to have his foot evaluated.

"I’ve just been trying to play through it," Bass said.

Bass, who has played in 38 of 40 games, will not be in Charlotte for tonight’s game. He originally turned his ankle Jan. 6 at Minnesota, and his foot hasn’t felt the same since.

"He hasn’t been well, and he’s been hot and cold," coach Avery Johnson said. "It used to be just pain, now he’s injured, so we sent him home to be re-evaluated."

Expect increased minutes for Juwan Howard.

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Dirk received the NBA's Community Assist Award for the month of December.

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The Lakers have signed DJ Mbenga. Best of luck to him.

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This Day in Mavs History
2001 Michael Finley had 10 steals, setting the team record. His 8 steals in the 1st half set the team record for steals in a half and tied the NBA record.