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Carlisle brings out best in his roster

For Mavs coach, it's always about the team and never one player's agenda

Updated: April 15, 2014, 12:30 AM ET
By Jean-Jacques Taylor | ESPNDallas.com

Rick Carlisle is one of the NBA's best coaches. The job he did this season simply gave us one one more example of why he's so good.

He took a team that plays poor defense, struggles to rebound and has only two reliable scorers -- Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis -- and guided them to 49 wins and a playoff spot in basketball's most difficult conference.

You saw the best of Carlisle in the Mavs' 101-98 win over Phoenix on Saturday night, which propelled Dallas into the playoffs.

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