DALLAS – Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said his players have everything turned upside down if they’re walking around fearful of making mistakes on the basketball court.
“If they’re walking on eggshells because they’re scared of screwing up,’’ Carlisle said, “they should be doing something else besides playing NBA basketball.’’
Carlisle wants his players completely in-tuned to the game, with their minds totally wrapped around what they’re doing on the court. In other words, the Mavs (7-7) have been losing a lot of game because they haven’t been mentally focused on what they were trying to accomplish.
“We’ve got to be more physical, we’ve got to talk better defensively, we’ve got to create more energy with activity and with our voices,’’ Carlisle said after Monday's practice at American Airlines Center. “Really, this is the ultimate test to being a true team right now -- without a superstar and with a lot of guys that are good players.
“We don’t have that game-changing guy out there on the court. It’s got to be a collective effort, it’s got to be a collective endeavor.''
-- Dwain Price
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