Mavs have nothing to whine about

Officiating isn't to blame for failures of team that has been exposed as average

Updated: May 4, 2012, 3:11 AM ET
By Jean-Jacques Taylor | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- The whining about the officiating began early in the first quarter Thursday, perhaps a subconscious indication that the Dallas Mavericks knew they needed help to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder.

After all, no team seemingly whines about the officials more than the Mavs, who follow their owner's lead. Rick Carlisle, the best coach the Mavs have ever had, has been doing it all series.

Whether he realized it or not, all the complaining did was give the rest of his squad ...

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