DALLAS – After breaking down film over and over again, coach Rick Carlisle has a good grasp on why the Dallas Mavericks tend to get off to such a slow start.
Carslisle then paused and took full responsibility for those slow starts.
“Our activity level has not been where it needs to be,’’ Carlisle said after Friday morning’s shootaround at American Airlines Center. “I’ve just got to prepare them better.
“I guess I’ve got to take it upon myself as a responsibility.’’
The Mavs fell behind Minnesota by 22 points less than 14 minutes into this past Wednesday’s loss to the Timberwolves. And the last time Dallas played Denver on Mar. 5, the Mavs trailed the Nuggets 18-8 with 7:26 remaining in the first quarter.
Carlisle knows those slow starts must end tonight when the Mavs (41-28) square off against the Nuggets (31-37) at the AAC.
“We’ve got to be on and we’ve got to be in a fighting mode from the very beginning of games,’’ Carlisle said. “Some nights we are pretty good that way, but then the speed of teams can be a big factor and make it look like we’re not playing hard.
“We’ve got to be playing hard. We’ve got to be playing hard and communicating and really helping each other, and do it for 48 minutes in a row.’’
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