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Rick Carlisle wants focus on game

Updated: May 5, 2012, 12:55 PM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- On the brink of being swept out of the playoffs, Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said the beginning of what would be a historic comeback starts by eliminating distractions with the referees, starting with him.

Yet, in the same breath, Carlisle, just 13 hours after the defending champions were run off their home floor by the Oklahoma City Thunder and into a 3-0 ditch in this first-round series, continued to lean on the officiating as he did after Games 1 and 2.

"There's ...

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