Monday, December 31st, 2012 at 9:10 am  |  9 responses

Rick Carlisle Threatens Struggling Dallas Mavericks With Suspensions

The Dallas Mavericks have lost six in a row and 19 overall, many of them in humiliating fashion. Head coach Rick Carlisle is so frustrated by the losing that he may start suspending some of his players. Per the Dallas Morning News: “After another in a long line of embarrassing losses, this time 111-86 to San Antonio at American Airlines Center, the Mavericks are ticked off. All of them. That’s six losses in a row and nine in the last 10 games. They have gotten hammered twice in the last week by the Spurs by a total of 63 points. ‘We’ve got to fight harder than we did tonight,’ Carlisle said after the game. ‘It’s not what this organization has been about since Mark [Cuban] bought the team. This is a stretch that’s unprecedented, really. It’s bad. We’ve got to fix it, and it starts with me.’ [...] ‘I [have] to be inventive and find ways,’ he said. ‘I don’t have a better answer than that. The last week, I’ve had to literally scream in the face of two guys in practices and shootarounds to get the point across. And I will continue to do that. If I have to start suspending guys for not doing things they’re supposed to be doing on the court, I’ll do it. And Mark and I will get into it about that. But somehow, things have got to change and it can’t just be about that it’s a tough schedule. It just can’t.’ The threat of suspension is probably hollow. But the point isn’t. Playing time is about the only weapon a coach has to get a player’s attention. And the Mavericks now have lost eight times this season by 20 points or worse and another time by 19. [...] ‘We [have] to get some dog in us, some fight in us right now,’ Shawn Marion said. ‘At times, we look good and it’s going good and at times it’s not. Right now, the times it’s not outweigh the times it’s good. That’s what’s happening. We got to find a way to get it going because this [stinks].’”

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  • roscoe

    oj mayo & dcollison need an elder pg to mentor them or a full season to smooth things out.

    its clear… their pg play has been a big problem & jkidd’s absence has left a void.

  • arjae828

    I’d argue Mayo is the problem. He’s been terrible after a hot start. And his turnovers are abysmal. He can’t handle pressure or double teams at all. During the OKC game I actually thought he was shaving points or trying to throw the game.

  • roscoe

    “shaving points” or “trying to throw the game”? idk about that.

    i do agree with you he has made more poor decisions and turned the ball over in more critical possessions than collision.

    oj majo may not have the ability to be a consistent play-maker, but i would not say he is unethical like you have.

  • spit hot fiyah

    i called it before the season started, they miss the playoffs

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    y’all had a good run. hello lottery

  • Mackenzie

    Sad to say and come to terms with it but as a Mavs fan I know we’ve just about finished our course. 41 is hittin’ the rafters soon so we should start rebuilding sooner or later.

  • justin05

    Same here. Cuban has even stopped showing up for home games.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    Dirk is def a legend…. but your right.. future has to be set up

  • bringbackthesonics

    suspension threats will do wonders for their morale