Lousy efforts have been too common

Schedule contributed to Denver debacle, but Mavs' trend of poor play is bigger concern

Updated: February 10, 2010, 3:28 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DENVER -- This looked like a lopsided loss the day the schedule was announced.

Teams just don't win in the Pepsi Center after playing the previous night on the West Coast. The Denver Nuggets have now won 22 of 23 games in which their opponents were faced with such scheduling circumstances.

Plus, the Dallas Mavericks were missing two starters, as Erick Dampier rested his bum left knee again and Shawn Marion's back tightened up just before tipoff.

So the Mavericks, who ...

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