Mavs growing beards until they reach .500

DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks are trying to grow a winning streak.

So they’re trying to grow their beards.

“We said we’re not going to shave until we’re back to .500,” said team leader Dirk Nowitzki. “So it’s been rough. There’s been some itching going on. And since we’re still down seven games below .500, that’s a long way to go.”

Nowitzki let the media know about the team’s hairy situation Wednesday after a 105-99 home victory over the Portland Trail Blazers, as 21-28 Dallas tries to remove itself from another hairy situation: being closer to last place in the Western Conference than to the eighth and final playoff spot in the conference.

As the Mavs embark on a portion of the schedule during which seven of their eight games are at home, Dirk, O.J. Mayo, Dahntay Jones and Vince Carter are among the Mavs participating in the hirsute exercise.

Which doesn’t mean their sweethearts are necessarily happy participants. Nowitzki was asked whether his wife, Jessica, is excited about the bonding effort.

“Not really,” Nowitzki said.