Rick Carlisle: 'Not what we're about'

After early joyride, the Dallas Mavericks have badly lost their way as Lakers pay a visit.

Updated: January 19, 2011, 12:25 AM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

The Dallas Mavericks' tally board reads like a who's who of NBA contenders: the Boston Celtics, the San Antonio Spurs, the Orlando Magic, the Miami Heat (twice), the Utah Jazz (twice), the Oklahoma City Thunder (twice).

It adds up to a league-high total for wins over quality opponents.

Along the way, they had become known as the streak-busters, the bane of every hot team unfortunate enough to slam into a bit of bad scheduling and tenacious fourth-quarter defense.

Yet, ...

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