Mavericks managing the situation

Rick Carlisle seems to be pushing all the right buttons (PER Diem: Feb. 1, 2012)

Updated: February 1, 2012, 12:08 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

It's a weird season, and nothing underscored that more than Sunday's San Antonio-Dallas matchup. Although it was the usual barn burner we've come to expect from Spurs-Mavs, it came with the slight asterisk that Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki were basically irrelevant to the outcome, and Manu Ginobili and Jason Kidd weren't there at all.