DALLAS -- Rick Carlisle has a history of telling the media that he wants his players to play minute to minute and go whistle to whistle.
But Carlisle committed his own Cardinal sin Thursday when he started talking about the playoffs. Yes, that annual special NBA event that doesn't even start until late April.
“We’re in a situation where we’re one of six or seven teams fighting for two or three playoff spots,” Carlisle said. “That’s what it’s going to come down to.
"Concentration and focus and attention to detail are going to carry the day as to who gets in and who has a chance to advance.”
The Mavs missed out on the playoffs last season for the first time since 2000.
-- Dwain Price
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