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After quick flush, Mavs can’t let Bulls bully them

DALLAS – There’s no denying the fact that the Mavericks came up with a terribly timed dud, getting blown out by the Indiana Pacers on a night that they could have made up a game on the Los Angeles Lakers.

Elton Brand called it “disheartening.” Dirk Nowitzki used a more simple term: “It sucks.”

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It’s the kind of loss that could linger with a mentally weak team.

The Mavs have many flaws, but mental weakness isn’t among them. For better or worse, they’ve proven that they can get past an awful loss.

“I think we have plenty and plenty of tough losses this year,” Nowitzki said. “We should know how to recover from it and flush it and maybe watch some of this stuff [Friday]. … It’s the same way we flushed all the other 40 losses and come back ready to play Saturday.”

Just look at how the 35-37 Mavs responded to their last blowout loss, when they were humiliated in Houston on March 3. They beat the Rockets in a rematch a few days later, starting a four-game winning streak and a stretch of nine wins in 12 games.

In this case, the Mavs must bounce back against a different set of East bullies before heading on a road trip that begins with a potentially pivotal game against the Lakers.

For now, the Mavs’ focus is firmly on the Bulls, who they face at 1 p.m. Saturday. They’re well aware that Chicago is just as capable of kicking their butts on the boards as the Pacers were.

Indiana, the league’s top rebounding differential team, had a 55-34 edge on the glass Thursday night. The Mavs rank 28th in rebounding differential.

“It was a wipeout inside as far as the rebounding,” Carlisle said. “That’s been a challenge for us and we’ve got to get ready for it again on Saturday, because Chicago’s got the same kind of team.”

That requires a quick flushing and refreshed energy for a Mavs team fighting for a chance to sneak into the playoffs.

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O.J. Mayo (shoulder) undergoing MRI

DALLAS — Shooting guard O.J. Mayo is undergoing an injury to determine the severity of the injury to his left shoulder.

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Mayo, the only Maverick to play in every game this season, suffered the injury when he crashed into courtside seats while chasing a loose ball late during Tuesday’s overtime win over the Los Angeles Clippers. He played in Thursday night’s loss to the Pacers with a harness on the shoulder and participated in Friday’s non-contact practice before going to the doctor.

“He’s sore,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “He’s been one of our soldiers. He’s played hurt all year long. He took a pretty good hit on it in the Clipper game late and it’s bothering him, so we’re going to get it looked at and make sure it’s something that isn’t a serious injury.

“The hope is that it’s not and he can continue to play, but we’ll see.”

Mayo ranks second on the Mavs in scoring (16.3 points per game), second in assists (4.4) and leads the team in minutes (35.7).

The 25-year-old Mayo has missed only one game due to injury or illness during his five-year career. His toughness is one of the traits the Mavs like most about the fifth-year veteran, who can test free agency again this summer if he decides not to exercise the player option in his contract for next season.

“The guy had a torn up hand in a meaningless exhibition game in a foreign country and he insisted on playing,” Carlisle said. “He has not missed a practice or a game this year. So if he’s able to play and there’s nothing in there that says we should sit him out, you do the math. I think he’s going to be there for us, but we’ll see. We have to have the doctor take a look at it and we have to take a picture of it.”

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No barber necessary after Mavs blown out

Dallas MavericksJerome Miron/USA TODAY SportsWith Thursday’s loss, the Mavs now have at least two wins to make up before they can lose the beards. DALLAS – The Indiana Pacers heard all the buzz about .500 beards and Omar the barber.

They made sure Omar’s clippers didn’t do any buzzing in the Dallas Mavericks’ locker room Thursday night.

“We wanted to shut that s— down,” big man Roy Hibbert said after the Pacers’ 103-78 blowout win, which guaranteed that the bearded Mavs won’t be shaving on this homestand.

During the Pacers’ morning meeting, coach Frank Vogel made a point to mention that the Mavs planned to have a barber at the American Airlines Center in preparation for a potential postgame shave for the six players who made a pact a couple of months ago to let their beards grow until Dallas’ record reached the break-even point.

That little tidbit was leaked to the media by shooting guard O.J. Mayo upon playful questioning following Tuesday night’s thrilling overtime win over the Los Angeles Clippers. He meant no harm, but it was convenient fodder for an opponent looking for a little extra juice on the second night of a back-to-back.

“I don’t think anything was meant by it as far as disrespect to how good the Pacers are,” Mavs center Elton Brand said. “We knew that wouldn’t be a cakewalk by any means. We knew that.”

Just in case there was any doubt, coach Rick Carlisle gave the Mavs a stern reminder after the morning shootaround. His message: You better be ready after all this talk about razors and barbers.

The Mavs hung in for a half, and then it got uglier than Dirk Nowitzki’s neck hair. The Pacers outscored the Mavs by a 34-17 margin in the third quarter, when All-Star wing Paul George scored 13 of his game-high 24 points, and the Pacers rolled to the rout.

As Nowitzki so eloquently put it, the Pacers kicked the Mavs’ butts in every facet of the game.

Some facets were worse than others –- the 55-34 rebounding differential definitely stands out –- but this is as thorough a beating as the Mavs have taken in a while.

To be precise, they hadn’t lost by 25-plus points since March 3 in Houston. The Mavs had won nine of 12 games since that humiliation, putting them a win away from shaving before being pounded by the Pacers, who moved up to second place in the Eastern Conference with the win.

“I think a team like that blatantly brings out our weaknesses and shows our weaknesses,” said Nowitzki, whose 21 points on 10-of-20 shooting was one of the only things that went well for the Mavs. “That’s why they won. I don’t care if they didn’t want us to shave or not, but they’re a better team.”

That left the Mavs with a 35-37 record about two months after they started growing those beards, which they’re frankly tired of talking about now.

Carlisle started a personal ban on beard questions after addressing the issue with his team Thursday morning.

Mayo didn’t have much to say on the subject after the morning shootaround, either, and he didn’t address the media after his seven-point, 3-of-10 shooting outing in the loss.

Sixth man Vince Carter believes all the beard talk has grown out of control.

“The whole motivation of it was to really get everyone on board, and it’s been wonderful,” Carter said. “It’s kind of a little too magnified. They’re making a big deal about it now, as far as everything that’s been magnified the last couple of days.

“I’m glad everybody is on board. More than anything, the idea and concept was just to keep us all together. It’s done wonders. The longer the hair on the faces has grown, I think the more together we’ve been. After that was done, we’re here. It’s not about that anymore.”

It’s about fighting for a playoff berth, and the Mavs missed out on an opportunity to make up ground on the eighth-place Los Angeles Lakers, who are still a game and a half ahead of Dallas despite losing in Milwaukee.

The earliest the beards can get buzzed now is Tuesday night. If that happens, the Mavs will be in decent shape heading down the stretch.

It would require the Mavs to wrap up this six-game homestand with a win Saturday night against the Chicago Bulls, another bunch of East bullies, and then beat L.A. at the Staples Center.

“Hopefully they can get going and get rid of it,” Pacers power forward David West said, smiling. “None of them look good.”

The Mavs hadn’t looked this bad in a long time. And that had nothing to do with those beards.

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Hitting 100 will be tough for Mavs vs. Pacers

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NBA, Dallas Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki, Chris Paul, Indiana Pacers

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Stats & Info: Mavs better with the beards

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Courtesy of Jose De Leon / ESPN Stats Information After the Dallas Mavericks‘ win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Feb. 6, several players agreed to forego shaving and grow beards until they reached the .500 mark.

The Mavs were 21-28 at the time but are now just one game (35-36) from putting their razors to use.

Dallas hosts the Indiana Pacers on Thursday night and O.J. Mayo‘s barber will be at the game ready to shave away those beards if the Mavs can walk away with a win.

The Mavs are coming off an overtime victory over the Clippers and have the seventh-highest winning percentage in the NBA since Feb. 6, better than 10 current playoff teams. Only the Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies, San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder and Clippers have fared better over that span.

What do you think? Will the Mavs get to shave after the Pacers game?

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Mavs, Lakers, Jazz battling for No. 8 seed

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NBA, Dallas Mavericks, Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

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