SAN ANTONIO -- Coach Rick Carlisle dropped a bombshell after the San Antonio Spurs tore through his Dallas Mavericks, 129-91, Sunday night at the AT&T Center.
Asked what was it that perturbed him so much about the one-sided loss to the Spurs, Carlisle said: “A lack of competitiveness, selfishness and a lack of commitment to one another. It’s something we can’t accept and I’ve got to work harder at turning these guys into a team.
“At this point we don’t look like we’re very close. But we’re going to keep at it.’’
Told of Carlisle's utter disappointment in the Mavs, point guard Darren Collison said: "I can see his viewpoint. If he sees that, then we’ve got to clean it up and we’ve got to make sure there is no selfish play out there, because if we continue to play selfish, then we’re not going to be able to win
games like this.''
Center Elton Brand,who played for the first time since missing three games with a strained right groin,wouldn't admit if he saw anyone playing selifish basketball against the Spurs.
"It's my teammates, so I'm going to stick with my teammates,'' Brand said. "If there was selfish play, I don't think they did it selfishly.''
Collison, meanwhile, believes the Mavs, who are 12-16 and have dropped six of their last seven games, will eventually get their ship turned in the proper direction.
"I think we have the personnel to get this right,'' Collison said. "We’re relatively new to each other, but at the same time we can bring it together and make this right.’’
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