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New, old Mavericks go cold in defeat

Team revamped by trade debuts with offensive dud in OKC, and things don't get easier

Updated: February 17, 2010, 12:10 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Coach Rick Carlisle had a simple explanation for his Dallas Mavericks' miserable offensive performance.

"We couldn't hit a bull in the ass with a bass fiddle," Carlisle said after the Mavs shot a season-low 32.3 percent in Tuesday night's 99-86 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. "It was frustrating, but I'm not going to make excuses with the trade."

The Mavericks understood that they faced a major challenge this week. With four games in five days against teams ...

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