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Dallas Mavericks: Why no team wants to face Dallas in the playoffs

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Why no team wants to face the Dallas Mavericks in the playoffs: 5. Coach Carlisle

Rick Carlisle is one of eight active head coaches that has won an NBA championship. He was the lead man for the Mavericks’ 2011 championship team. Carlisle also piloted two teams to the Eastern Conference championship back in the early 2000s. This will be his 14th postseason appearance in his 19 seasons as a head coach.

Carlisle is known as one of the league’s best coaches at making adjustments. Fans have seen that this season in the new two-game sets. The Mavericks had a significant COVID outbreak that devastated their roster early in the season. Since Feb. 4, Dallas is undefeated in the second game of those sets. They have won the four contests by an average of 18.3 points.

In the playoffs, Carlisle will have ample opportunities to make adjustments and figure out ways to solve the opposition.

The Mavericks’ roster lacks championship and playoff experience, but Carlisle can make up for that. He won titles as a player and coach. Opposing teams will not want to face the Dallas Mavericks because they know Rick Carlisle will keep them on their toes and continually make adjustments on the fly.

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