After one of the more memorable comebacks in NBA playoff history, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle wasn't basking in the glow of the 112-105 overtime victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Instead, Carlisle was talking about the rebounding struggles of his team. Monday night, despite the victory, the Mavs were outrebounded, 55-33, including 20-5 on the offensive glass.
"There’s some areas we got to get better at," Carlisle said Tuesday afternoon. "We're getting outrebounded by eight a game in the series on average and that’s a big concern."
For the series, the Mavs are averaging 34.1 rebounds per game and the Thunder have grabbed an average of 42.2.
During the Wednesday morning film session, Carlisle will talk to his group about crashing the boards in a number of ways. Yes, Oklahoma City has long lean players such as Kevin Durant (15 rebounds on Monday), Serge Ibaka (10), Nick Collison (seven) and Kendrick Perkins. Even Russell Westbrook got involved with eight boards.
Carlisle said the Thunder, "kicked the [expletive] out of us really from start to finish, that was again because, we were unable to keep it in front of us. We gave up too much air space, we gave them too much room to operate and really Game 3 is the best game where we played the best defense from start-to-finish. That's what we’ve got to get to to win tomorrow."