Retooling with Rondo, Mavs navigating expected rough waters

AP Sports Writer

DALLAS (AP) - The Dallas Mavericks knew they were probably sacrificing some wins in the difficult Western Conference with a midseason makeover.

They're seeing that now, stuck in their first four-game losing streak in two years heading into Friday night's game at Miami.

The Mavericks were part of a trade that brought Rajon Rondo from Boston a little more than a month ago.

The Mavericks added a pass-first point guard who's also one of the best rebounders for his size in the NBA, and a strong defender. But he's not a great shooter, which can be a problem when leading scorer Monta Ellis has the ball and is trying to create an opening.

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