Carlisle: Mavericks on a mission

Updated: October 9, 2009, 1:29 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS - The Dallas Mavericks won 50 games last season as a mediocre defensive team. Imagine what they could do if they improve on the less glamorous end of the court.

Coach Rick Carlisle intends to find out.

"We're a team that's got to be more dependent on our defensive system and less dependent on shot-making to ensure that we can win games," Carlisle said. "If you look at it and see that number -- 7-27 in games when you don't shoot 45 percent -- it's miraculous that we won 50 ...

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