Rick Carlisle: Mavs must keep edge

Updated: May 23, 2011, 4:23 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle has noticed a distinct trend developing in the Western Conference finals.

"The team that wins gets their ass kicked the next game," Carlisle said before the Mavs' shootaround Monday morning. "Really, that's what's happened."

That's a trend the Mavericks intend to end in Game 4 at Oklahoma City Arena.

The Mavericks have a 2-1 lead in the series after responding to a Game 2 home loss with by far its best defensive performance ...

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