DALLAS -- Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle doesn't want anyone getting any fancy ideas that what his team did to defeat the Memphis Grizzlies this past Saturday is a blueprint he can use the rest of the season.
The Mavs couldn't hit the ocean if they were standing on the beach Saturday as they finished the night shooting just 40 percent from the field, including 36.8 percent from three-point range. But their monumental effort at the free throw line -- where they were 40-of-46 -- is what saved the Mavs and help them motor by the Grizzlies, 111-99.
In short, Carlisle probably won't include Saturday's game tape among his favorite games by the end of this season.
"I don’t know if 46 free throws is a blueprint,'' he said. "But this year, the way we’re structured, there’s going to be a lot of situations where we’re going to just have to be resourceful and find ways to win.
"Memphis is an aggressive team, we were aggressive, running through passes, and so we go to the
free throw line. That really helped us and that probably won the game for us.''
Carlisle, though, knows he can't expect his team to get 46 free throw attempts every game. This is, after all, the NBA, where any and everything is unpredictable.
''But again, on nights when you’re not bombing in shots, the free throw line can help you,'' Carlisle said. "Defensive rebounding is always helpful again, and then some nights you’re going to find other ways (to win).''
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