Celtics drop game to Mavs on the road

Cuban unusually candid about his star player

The Dallas Mavericks showed some mettle in defeating the Boston Celtics last night and the unusual chatter from Dallas Team owner Mark Cuban may have something to do with it.

In most unusual character, Cuban called out Nowtiski’s defense calling the center out in a tweet:

“I think we’ve got to get a little bit more out of Dirk defensively,” Cuban said before Monday night’s game against the Boston Celtics, responding to a general question about the Mavs’ recent performance. “I think [the team needs] a little bit more energy out of Dirk, particularly when things don’t start well.  Dirk always goes through a little slump during the year when he needs to re-motivate,” Cuban said. “I think we’ve seen that for a couple of games, and I think he’s going to come back stronger, particularly after three days [off] and those naps he’s gotten in the last couple of games other than Utah.”

Against the Celtics, Nowtiski led a balanced attack with 19 points while the Celtics were without Rajon Rondo who sat out the second night of a back to back.

“Playing without Rondo, I thought Jerryd (Bayless) played fantastic, especially in that fourth quarter,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said. “He gave us a chance to win.”

Bayless had 12 fourth quarter points as the Celtics battled back from a double digit deficit.

“I think we were fighting and battling well,” Bayless said. “I think everyone played well, but we weren’t able to pull it off tonight.”

The Celtics next face Miami Heat who recently won a hard fought game over the Houston Rockets.  Great seats and tickets are still available.

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