Carlisle: It’s Clear Mavs Weren’t Ready
Consecutive stunning home blowout losses in which the listless defending champions trailed by more than 30 points in each game had a sullen Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle shouldering the blame Monday night.
“Because I’m the head coach and it’s my job to make sure these guys are ready to play and it’s clear that they’re not,” Carlisle said after Monday’s 115-93 trouncing by the Denver Nuggets. “Right now that’s not something that’s easy for me to say and it’s not an easy thing to live with, so I’ve got a lot of work to do.”
The Miami Heat drubbed Dallas on Christmas Day, 105-94, but led by 35 points early in the third quarter. In their season opener, the young, up-tempo Nuggets followed the same recipe and ran the Mavs off their own floor with a 20-0 second-quarter blitz that ballooned to a 33-point bulge, 95-62, with 2:31 to go in the third quarter.