Mavericks playing catch-up in OKC

Mindset comes into question while team looks to solve young Thunder's quickness

Updated: May 21, 2011, 10:38 AM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- Speed kills, and the Oklahoma City Thunder revved things up to worrisome rpm levels in Game 2 against the Dallas Mavericks.

And Dirk Nowitzki recognized it.

"You know, Portland and L.A. obviously are bigger teams, and now we're facing a different animal," Nowitzki said. "We're facing athletes on the wing, and we're having a tough time getting some stops."

It's clear that too much attention -- as Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle contended before the series -- was ...

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