DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks must make some major adjustments when they host the Houston Rockets tonight at 7:30 at American Airlines Center.
In what seems like a Dallas-Houston playoff series, the Mavs are trying to recover from this past Sunday's 136-103 beatdown at the hands of the Rockets. How much the Mavs learned from that embarrassing game will be on full display tonight in front of yet another sellout crowd.
"It is simliar to a playoff situation,'' coach Rick Carlisle said. "We've got to adjust our disposition and our posture.
"They were way more aggressive than we were, and that's the biggest adjustment we've got to make. If we do that we give ourselves a chance. If we don't, it's going to be another long night.''
The Mavs (26-33) can ill-afford any more long nights if they plan on extending their streak of advancing to the playoffs to 13 years in a row. They've got to be more aggressive, hit first, get back on defense, rebound better, and attack the basket so they'll get more frequent trips to the free throw line.
"Their whole team played well (Sunday), and they play hard and they aggressively, and we've got to turn that around,'' Carlisle said. "We actually had a guy who got hurt while he was committing a foul.
"That tells you the kind of force that they were playing with offensively compared to what we were doing defensively. Again, it's disposition and a lot of it's attitude. We've got to step it up to a higher level.''
-- Dwain Price
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