DALLAS -- Coach Rick Carlisle was happy that his Dallas Mavericks' squad was able to outrebound Atlanta, 42-33, during Wednesday's 118-109 victory over the Hawks.
But Carlisle is a very smart man. And he knows trying to snatch rebounds against Atlanta's Al Horford and Paul Millsap is totally different than trying to pick up some boards while boxing out Houston's Dwight Howard and Omer Asik.
"I’m really happy we had a good rebounding night,'' Carlisle said, referring to the game against the Hawks. "Houston’s going to be a lot different animal than Atlanta -- they’re starting two 7-footers out there.
"It's going to be two things. We’re going to have to put bodies on those guys and pursue the ball.''
Carlisle is hoping the activity his team had against the Hawks will be duplicated when the Mavs (1-0) play the Rockets (1-0) at 7 p.m. Friday in Houston.
"Atlanta is a very active team, but they didn’t have the same kind of length as Houston,'' Carlisle said. "Last night there were some very good signs.
"We've just got to continue with it, and it’s going to be a heighten challenge tomorrow.''
-- Dwain Price
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