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No Wade doesn't mean no worries for Mavs

DALLAS -- Dwyane Wade's absence due to a strained left calf doesn't give the Dallas Mavericks a sense of security.

Rick Carlisle pointed out that the Heat had won its last two games without Wade. (He didn't bother noting that one of those games was against the 5-50 New Jersey Nets.)

"They're playing really well without him, too," Carlisle said. "They're doing it by playing a low-possession game that's predicated by hard defense."

In the other words, the Mavs need to continue their recent trend of running.

The Mavs should know better to let up against a team with an injured star anyway. They've lost a handful of those kinds of games this season, including a setback in San Antonio with Tim Duncan and Tony Parker wearing street clothes.