It's becoming increasingly difficult for the Dallas Mavericks to continue saying that Lamar Odom is making improvements when the results say otherwise.

Odom had just one point, one rebound, one assist and one steal in 24 minutes during Wednesday's 109-93 loss to his former team, the Los Angeles Lakers.

"He struggled, but he wasn't the only one who struggled, " coach Rick Carlisle said.

"We're going to stay positive and we've got to keep moving forward. He's got to keep working and he's got to be ready to play, because we're going to need him."