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Behind the Box Score, where 'yeah! Go Bucks! Whoo!' | Kelly Dwyer
On Dallas' side, Dirk Nowitzki(notes) is missing good shots. He's shooting 35.7 percent over his last two games, I watched good chunks of both, and he's failing to drain makeable looks that he usually sends home. Still, if the poor marksmanship ends tomorrow, the Mavs are just 1-1 during the swoon, with a semi-close loss to the Spurs to show for it. Not bad. 29 in the loss for Dirk.

Dallas Mavericks still demanding too much from Dirk | Eddie Sefko
"It's unfortunate it comes down to having to throw the ball to Dirk every time and have him win the game on his own," coach Rick Carlisle said. "We're not going to play on a high level and win at a high level doing that."

Ex-Bucks stop here in Spurs' victory over Mavs | San Antonio Express News
Bogans clamped down, alternately, on Josh Howard, Jason Terry, Jason Kidd and J.J. Barea — none of whom shot better than 50 percent from the field. "That's what Keith Bogans does," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. Bogans also did something Keith Bogans doesn't. After totaling 16 points his first five games, he hit three first-half 3-pointers

Donuts: Spurs 92, Mavs 83 In Ugly-Ass Loss |
So the Mavs didn't play Damp much because Carlisle opted to go with the Fave Five, eh? Not exactly. I'm going through my notes, my memory and the play-by-play with a fine-toothed comb. ...and nope. Kidd, Dirk, Josh, Marion and Jet never played together. Not a minute.

Howard limps out of Dallas Mavericks' 92-83 loss to Spurs | DMN
the news also was grim on Josh Howard, who left the game with 8:46 to go in the third quarter. It was his third game back after off-season ankle surgery. "He was limping, so we took him out," coach Rick Carlisle said. "It's the first back-to-back [games for Howard]. We'll evaluate it and treat it accordingly. He's had some soreness. It's no secret. There's going to be times when there's soreness, and we have to get him out of the game.