DALLAS -- As coaches are prone to do, Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle put absolutely no stock in his team's 105-83 blowout road victory over the Chicago Bulls on Dec. 28.
The Mavs dominated that game from start to finish, led by as much as 32 points and totally spanked the Bulls in their own backyard. However, when the Bulls-Mavs rematch occur Friday night at 7:30 at American Airlines Center, Carlisle is pretending like the game two months ago didn't even happen.
"The last time was a long time ago,'' Carlisle said after Thursday's practice. "They’re playing much better basketball right now.
"They’ve won eight out of 10, so they’re one of the hot teams in the league.''
The Mavs (36-23) are even hotter than the Bulls (31-26), since they've won 10 out of their past 12 games. But again, from Carlisle's vantage point, his team's hot hand will have no bearing on Friday's game.
"At this point we’ve got to view tomorrow’s game as tomorrow’s game and not live in the past off of what we did the last time,'' Carlisle said. "We’re going to have to rebound with them like we did last time.
"But this is a different night, a different place and a different time.''
-- Dwain Price
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