The Dallas Mavericks are currently 12-19 and in the midst of a six game losing streak. Furthermore, they have dropped nine out of their last 10 games. That isn't sitting well with head coach Rick Carlisle. So, in an effort to help turn things around he has threatened to suspend players if the "unprecedented" stretch of losing continues.
“It’s not what this organization has been about since Mark [Cuban] bought the team. This is a stretch that’s unprecedented, really. The last week, I’ve had to literally scream in the face of two guys in practices and shootarounds to get the point across. And I will continue to do that. If I have to start suspending guys for not doing things they’re supposed to be doing on the court, I’ll do it. And Mark and I will get into it about that. But somehow, things have got to change and it can’t just be about that it’s a tough schedule. It just can’t.”
Team owner Mark Cuban doesn't quite agree with the tactic, but Carlisle is mulling it over nevertheless.
Dallas had previously been without the services of Dirk Nowitzki up until last week. The All-Star forward is returning after being sidelined with knee problems.
The Mavs have lost by 20 points or more on eight seperate occasions this year. This could be partially blamed on the fact that they rank 28th out of 30 teams in points allowed this season (103.1).
Via The Dallas Morning News.