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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Shootaround stuff: Elton Brand faces old team

By Richard Durrett

DALLAS -- For the second time this season, Dallas Mavericks forward Elton Brand gets the opportunity to play against the Philadelphia 76ers, where he spent the previous four seasons.

When the Mavericks faced the 76ers on Nov. 27 in Philadelphia, Brand had a season-high 17 points to go along with eight rebounds. But Dallas lost that game, 100-98. The Mavericks were leading heading into the fourth quarter, but had six turnovers early in the period and ended up losing the game. It was the start of a rough period of turnovers for Dallas, who had 20 on Saturday in a loss to Minnesota. The Mavericks have had at least 17 turnovers in five of their last seven games.

Brand says he looks at the 76ers game as a lost opportunity, thanks in large part to not taking care of the ball.

"They scored off a lot of put-backs and tip-outs because we didn't secure the ball," Brand said. "Our turnovers have been a problem when we've lost games this season. We need to stop turning the ball over and hit those boards and we should be fine."

Other notes:

* Rick Carlisle was not at shootaround because he was attending the funeral of a season-ticket holder who died last week.

* Chris Kaman, who missed practice on Monday to attend his grandmother's funeral, did participate in shootaround today.