DALLAS -- After watching his team lose to the Orlando Magic, 102-94, Monday night at American Airlines Center, Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle acknowledged his team's lack of effort on the boards.
The Magic outrebounded the Mavs by a whopping 54-32 margin. Those embarrassing numbers completely frustrated Carlisle, who saw this lop-sided total way too many times last season.
"The rebounding was poor,'' Carlisle said after his team dropped to 1-2. "Our rebounders have to step up and help us.
"Sam (Dalembert) had eight and we need our other bigs to get more. We need the guards to help -- it has to be a collective effort.''
Dirk Nowitzki, who led the Mavs with 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting, wasn't too pleased that he also finished the night with no rebounds in 25 minutes.
"At seven foot it's actuallty hard not to get a rebound,'' Nowitzki said, poking fun at himself. "I did a good job running the other way when the ball came, but I've got some stuff to work on.
"You should never leave a game with no rebounds. We got killed on the glass, so we've got to get better.''
-- Dwain Price
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