MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle acknowledged that his team lacked energy
during Friday’s 95-74 loss to the Toronto Raptors.
But when asked why didn’t they have any energy, Carlisle couldn’t find the words what happened during his team’s fifth loss this season by 20 or more points.
“That I can’t answer you and give you a definitive answer, but it wasn’t,’’ Carlisle said. “I should have done some things to try to get it going better -- I take responsibility.
“When you’re the head coach you take responsibility for that. I could have played some other guys, maybe.’’
The Mavs shot just 39.1 percent from the field against the Raptors and turned the ball over 17 times. And after scoring 25 points and leading by one point at the conclusion of the first quarter, the Mavs’ offense fizzled as they tallied just 30 points during the next two quarters combined.
“We played poorly and they played great,’’ Carlisle said. “I don’t know how else to sum it up. It’s as simple as that.’’
When asked if his team didn't have energy Friday, how do they get it on the second night of a back-to-back on Saturday when the Mavs meet Minnesota at 7 at the Target Center, Carlisle said: "We just do.''
-- Dwain Price
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