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Mavs putting in extra practice time

DALLAS -- When a team comes off back-to-back games the following day is typically one designated to rest the body. Players who need treatment come to the arena and there might be a film session, but there is typically no structured practice on the court.

It figured the Dallas Mavericks, having finished off not only a back-to-back Monday night, but four games in five nights with another back-to-back ahead on Wednesday and Thursday, wouldn't see the practice floor Tuesday.

That wasn't the case after Monday's impressive, 100-87 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder that came one day after a disappointing 17-point loss at the Minnesota Timberwolves. Dallas was back on the practice floor Tuesday to continue to work on ways to mesh this new unit. In addition to that practice, Jason Terry on Tuesday then divulged another workout during a time typically reserved for rest.

"That's why we had a shootaround [Monday morning]," Terry said. "On a back-to-back, usually we come in at about 5 o'clock. We came at 10:30, did a nice shootaround, got loose. We're starting to approach this thing the way we should."

Those morning shootarounds are always open to the media, but Monday the Mavs did not send out notification of the rare shootaround on the morning of the second game of a back-to-back.

The Mavs were not pleased with getting blitzed, 15-0, to end Sunday's 99-82 loss to the Wolves. And, in this condensed season with so many back-to-back games and little practice time, it appears coach Rick Carlisle decided to go unconventional.

It seems to mesh with Terry's attitude as the 2-4 Mavs get set to face the Phoenix Suns at home Wednesday, the San Antonio Spurs on the road Thursday and the New Orleans Hornets back at home Saturday night.

"For me, it’s going to be more seriousness," Terry said. "The play time is over; make more of a concerted effort to come in and focus on the task at hand."