Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Updated: May 19, 10:42 AM ET
Rick Carlisle: 'That's not our game'
By Tim MacMahon
DALLAS -- If you think a Game 1 win in the West finals puts Rick Carlisle in a good mood, you're wrong.
He's perturbed that the Mavs gave up 112 points, the first time an opponent has hit triple digits against Dallas this postseason.
"If we get into offensive shootouts with this team, that's not our game," Carlisle said. "We have to defend a lot better. I understand that they're a different kind of team, but our attention to detail has to be better in Game 2. Our focus has to be better."
It's accepted that Kevin Durant, a two-time NBA scoring champion at the tender age of 22, is going to get his fair share of points. But Carlisle thought the Mavs made too many mistakes -- before and after Durant got the ball in his hands -- during the All-NBA small forward's 40-point performance.
Carlisle cited several specifics that he wasn't happy about with the Mavs' team defense.
Oklahoma City got "eight or nine dunks" in the final 14 minutes, he said. Penetration came too easy against the Mavs' defense. He didn't like allowing the Thunder to grab 11 offensive rebounds. And he was displeased with the fact that Oklahoma City came up with 13 of the 20 loose balls, as counted by the Mavs coaches.
"They may be a quicker team and those kind of things," Carlisle said, "but we've got to be physically and mentally ready to react to those situations."
Carlisle didn't just complain to the media. He made sure Wednesday's practice was a defense-intensive session.
The Mavericks got the message.
"We hadn't played against another team in eight or nine days, so I think we were a little rusty with our rotations and our communications," Tyson Chandler said. "Last night we were able to get a little of the rust off. We still didn't do much defensively, but today we were able to come in and make the corrections."
Tim MacMahon covers the Mavericks for ESPNDallas.com.