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Mavs still trying to lose 'soft' label

Repeat of performance against Knicks -- maybe against L.A. -- could quiet skeptics

Updated: March 11, 2011, 8:10 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- The claim is that the four-letter word that came flying out of coach Rick Carlisle's mouth did nothing to fire up the Dallas Mavericks.

So what if their coach called them "soft" after a horrific loss Wednesday night to the New Orleans Hornets? Who cares if Carlisle repeated for emphasis the insulting term heard so often the past decade in Dallas?

That had absolutely, positively zero impact on the Mavs' intensity level during their 127-109 whipping of the New York Knicks less ...

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