DALLAS _Rick Carlisle subscribes to the theory that all NBA players put their pants on one leg at a time.
That’s why the Dallas Mavericks’ coach believes his 49-21 squad should approach tonight’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves as if they’re playing the Los Angeles Lakers.
Carlisle doesn’t want his players paying attention to the T-Wolves’ 17-54 record, which happens to be the worst in the Western Conference and the second-worst in the entire NBA.
“We can’t look at the record or any of that,’’ Carlisle said every team in this league is dangerous and you’ve got to have the appropriate amount of respect for them, and that’s the plan headed in.’’
Minnesota will be without its best player as power forward Kevin Love didn’t make the trip to Dallas because of a groin injury. Still, Carlisle doesn’t believe that gives his team a decided edge.
“Whatever five guys they put out there we’ll match up with them and we’ve got to play the (expletive delete) out of them,’’ Carlisle said. “I don’t believe that this is about an analysis of how it changes if Kevin Love is here or not here.
“We’ve got to be doing things that are going to help us get better.’’
-- Dwain Price
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