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It's now or never for Mavs' defense

With backs to wall, players need to show the effort Carlisle has been demanding

Updated: May 2, 2014, 9:31 PM ET
By Jean-Jacques Taylor | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- No one expects the Dallas Mavericks to be a good defensive team. No team that starts Jose Calderon, Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis relies on its defensive prowess.

But the Mavs can play much better defense than we've seen in the past three games against the San Antonio Spurs. Don't scoff -- we saw them do it in the first two games of this Western Conference quarterfinal series.

To do so, the Mavs need to play with more tenacity. And more effort. And more desperation.

If ...

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