Mar 17, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Boston Celtics guard Jerryd Bayless (11) passes around Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) during the game at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Cuban says Dirk Nowitzki's defense needs to be upgraded

The Dallas Mavericks are on a three-game win streak after playing the first game of a franchise record eight-game home stand. That win streak includes a big win over the Oklahoma City Thunders on the road, but owner mark Cuban says he thinks there are areas the team still needs to improve. Specifically Cuban listed defense and singled out star player Dirk Nowitzki.

“We’re gaining more confidence in our defense and that’s got to get better,” Cuban said, via the Dallas Morning News. “We got to get a little more out of Dirk defensively and a little more energy out of Dirk. I think overall, our bench has been great and we’re starting to realize that when we’re hitting shots, we can be unbeatable. And when we’re not, we’re starting to find ways to win. We just got to be better at it.”

Cuban offered specifics as well.

“Sometimes he loses concentration. We got to get past that. I mentioned it to him today. I asked him how his nap was during the game yesterday (at Oklahoma City). He laughed. At least while I was facing him. When I turned and walked away, I don’t know what he did.”

 

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