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Sunday, June 5, 2011
Rick Carlisle: Forget about Game 2

By Art Garcia

DALLAS -- So what are Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle's thoughts on the momentum of Game 2's stirring comeback rolling into Game 3?

"Game 2 is over," Carlisle said after Sunday's shootaround. "Game 2 has been over for a couple of days, so we've got to wash that out and understand that we're going to have to play a great game in our own building. We've got to understand how hard they're going to come at us and we're going to have to be ready."

Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra expected a "response" from the Mavericks after Game 1, so naturally Carlisle is bracing for the same in the first game at American Airlines Center. The winning of Game 3 in Finals tied 1-1 has gone on to win the title in all 11 instances since the 2-3-2 format was adopted in 1985.

The Mavericks are in position to take control of the series because of what happened at the end of Game 2. Gotta mean something, right?

"We've got to forget about Game 2 and everything that happened," Carlisle said. "It was good that we won and we evened the series, but none of that has any residual carry-over effect. Any feeling that's going to guarantee us anything tonight is a mistake. We know that. We're going to have to fight for 48 minutes, and we know that. Every inch of the court is precious."