Diagnosing The Dallas Mavericks

April 26th, 2010 by Alex Shultz Leave a reply »

In case you were living under a rock, the San Antonio Spurs beat the Dallas Mavericks 92-89 on Sunday. San Antonio leads the series 3-1 and can advance to the second round with a win over Dallas on Tuesday night.

Coming into the playoffs, the Mavericks were a hot pick to emerge out of the Western Conference and play for an NBA title. They had just acquired two impact players from the Wizards (Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood) and had arguably more depth than any team in the “Association.” So what exactly is the problem here? Why are the Mavs giving such a sub par performance? I’ll tell you why:


Problem # 1:  Boneheaded coaching

When I say Rick Carlisle has had an awful postseason coaching his squad, my opinion is that of a curious onlooker, not a diehard fan overreacting when his team is down.

The Mavericks have five players that should always eclipse 25 minutes per game: Jason Kidd, Caron Butler, Shawn Marion, Jason Terry, and Dirk Nowitzki. Unfortunately, coach Carli ...

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