DALLAS --Getting a win over a team of the Houston Rockets' caliber would be a huge momentum boost for the Dallas Mavericks at this point of the season.
Particularly since the only teams the Mavs (7-4) have beaten this season who currently own a winning record are Atlanta (6-5) and Memphis (6-5).
A Mavs win tonight at 8:30 against the 8-4 Rockets would, of course, turn some heads in NBA corners. Coach Rick Carlisle, however, said he's not big on analyzing the quality of the opponent his team wins against or loses to.
"They count as one win or one loss,'' Carlisle said. "We know (Houston) is a good team and it's on national TV (ESPN), so there's more attention to it . .but we've got to play whistle to whistle.
"We've got to try to win the first six minutes, and then come out of that timeout, we've got to try to win the next three (minutes) and the next three and next three, and that's how we've got to play our season. If we do that and keep our eye on the ball we'll be successful.
"If we get too much into analyzing things in the future, like whether or not we're going to win and the magnitude of the opponent, it will only distract us. So we've got to keep focused on the right things.''
-- Dwain Price
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"Thsi game will be dtermined by ball efficiency, transtion dfeense and reobunding. It's two teams with skilled guys and it's going to come down to managing mistakes and keeoign them in front of us, and that's a huge goal.''