DALLAS _ Usually, Rick Carlisle doesn't spent the day dissecting a loss from the previous day. Especially, when he just finished playing another game.
But the Dallas Mavericks' coach broke with tradition and, during his postgame press conference after Monday's 89-73 win over Boston, he kept referring back to Sunday's disappointing 104-97 road loss to Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks. In the game against the Knicks, the Mavs gave up wild runs of 17-0 and 12-1, and also blew a 12-point second-half lead.
"We can't give up 17-0 runs and 12-1 runs, stuff like that,'' Carlisle said after the win over the Celtics. "There were too many peaks and valleys in that game (Sunday).
"That's not the kind of consistency you need to have to be a real contending team. (Monday) we were much better.''
The Mavs have won seven of their last eight games. The only loss during that surge was to the Knicks.-- Dwain Price
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