Rick Carlisle The Problem With The Dallas Mavericks?

March 23rd, 2010 by Keith L. Leave a reply »
Rick Carlisle is well-regarded in the basketball world as a fantastic coach, especially coaching out of the time-out.

His accomplishments stand at winning the 2002 Coach of the Year Award, leading the Detroit Pistons and the Indiana Pacers to the Eastern Conference Finals, leading the "Malice at the Palace" Pacers to the second round of the playoffs, and leading an overachieving Mavericks team into the second round of the playoffs last year.

However, this year may be different.

The Dallas Mavericks as of today stand atop the Southwest Division and third in the West on pace to win 54 games. They achieved this record with a hot 22-9 start and a 13 game winning streak coming out of the all-star break. Take this away, though, and their remaining record is below .500.

Even in the hot start and winning streak, the Mavericks have had embarrassing losses: losing to the Wizards on opening night, losing to the six man Warriors team, falling at home to the Knicks by over 20, and just yesterday blowing a 16 point lead against a reeling Hornets team.

Many of these losses are directly correlated to Carlisle's decision making.
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