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Rick Carlisle holds players accountable

Mavs coach won't accept any excuses for his team's sluggish start to defending its title

Updated: January 11, 2012, 8:56 AM ET
By Jean-Jacques Taylor | ESPNDallas.com

We can talk about a championship hangover for the Dallas Mavericks. Or the ridiculous schedule that's cramming 66 games into 123 days this season.

We can even discuss how long it's going to take players such as Delonte West, Vince Carter and Lamar Odom to adapt to the Mavs' free-flowing offense and defense coverages.

Each would be a valid excuse for a sluggish 4-5 start to the season that already has included blowout losses to Miami, Denver and San Antonio.

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