DALLAS -- After today's practice, Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle talked about his team's woeful transition defense during Monday's 105-101 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
But was that poor transition defense caused basically due to a lack of effort?
"It's easy to use the 'E' word and blame everything on effort, but for me it's concentration and focus,'' Carlisle said. "It’s part of the progression of your offense, too.
"When the shot goes up it's certain guys that are responsible to get back early. You want to have a presence on the offensive boards, but we don’t need guards charging in there. We just need to do it quicker and we need to be a lot more alert.''
Transition defense, according to Carlisle, will again be the focal point when the Mavs (22-29) entertain the Sacramento Kings at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at American Airlines Center.
"The last 21 days (the Kings are) a top three or four in fast break points and getting fouled,'' Carlisle said. "So it's running back and being able to guard them without fouling them.
"We’re going to have to do better.''
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