That was the sentiment repeated a few times by coach Rick Carlisle following the Mavericks' 99-92 loss to the Celtics. Carlisle blamed himself for not coming up with the right defensive scheme to stop Celtics forward Paul Pierce, who scored 18 of his 31 points in the fourth.
"We played the Paul Pierce play a few different ways, but we should have double-teamed him and made others take shots. When you sit in this chair, you have to be man enough and honest enough to say you blew it. We could’ve made more shots, maybe the outcome could’ve been different. But my heart is with our guys. This one’s on me."
Dirk Nowitzki commented on Carlisle's self-blame: "You can analyze a thousand things. Afterward you’re always smarter. You can always make arguments when you lose of what you should’ve, could’ve done. But we had enough chances, we fought and battled, we just came up short."
So what do you think, folks... is this one on Rick Carlisle?
-- Tracey Myers