The Mavericks fell behind 15-2 in one of the earlier meetings with Houston.
They were behind by 17 points in the second quarter in another.
They won both of those games, though, so obviously the sluggish starts weren't crippling.
Still, they'd rather avoid another hole-digging tonight when they tip off against the Rockets at 6 p.m.
Asked whether he tries to exploit his size advantage or tries to match up with the smaller Rockets, Rick Carlisle diverted into a talk about playing hard, which is clearly essential no matter what size you are.
"We try to play our game, they try to play theirs,'' Carlisle said. "They're not extremely tall, but they're extremely active. And their rebounding numbers reflect that. If you have size, you always want to take advantage of it. But I don't think there's anything you pinpoint and say, we're going to go at this matchup.
"The biggest thing when you play Houston is your energy level has to be there at the start of the game. If it isn't, they're going to hit you in the mouth and knock you back and put you in a big deficit. It's happened to us a couple times. We understand the challenge.''