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."
* 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.