DALLAS -– Rick Carlisle took his team through one of his least favorite drills in practice Tuesday.
The Dallas Mavericks were obliterated on the boards, 54-32, during Monday’s home 102-94 home loss to the Orlando Magic. It was an embarrassing back to the drawing boards moment for the Mavs, as they had to learn how to box out and rebound all over again Tuesday.
“We did live rebound drills today in practice, which I hate doing because there’s a lot of banging, there’s a lot of bodies flying around,’’ Carlisle, the Mavs’ coach, said. “But today we needed to
do it and we needed to make the point that when the ball’s in the air we’ve got to go get it.
“If we don’t, we’re not going to win. Pretty simple.’’
The Mavs were hampered, rebounding-wise, by not having small forward Shawn Marion on the floor. Marion led the Mavs in rebounds last season with 7.8 per game, but didn’t play against the Magic because Carlisle decided to rest him.
“We missed Shawn last night,’’ Carlisle said. “We missed his defense, his activity, his rebounding.
“He scores. He’s one of our best passers, too.’’
Carlisle was even amused by the fact that 7-footer Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points in 25 minutes against the Magic, but failed to grab any rebounds. Carlisle smiled and said: "He's very good at doing difficult things.''
-- Dwain Price
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