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Carlisle frustrated, calls defense 'soft'

Last three opponents have hit more than half of their shots from the field

Updated: February 1, 2010, 3:39 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

SALT LAKE CITY -- Not even Don Nelson would be proud of the Dallas Mavericks' defense these days. Rick Carlisle is repulsed by the recent defensive regression.

Carlisle emphasized during training camp that the Mavs needed to improve from mediocre to good defensively to be contenders. The Mavs accomplished that mission during the first two months of the season, pulling out several ugly wins during a 22-10 start.

Mediocrity would be an improvement over the Mavs' defensive performance ...

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