The Dallas Mavericks' 109-102 overtime win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night pulled them within one game of the Los Angeles Lakers for the Western Conference's last playoff spot with 11 games to play. Coach Rick Carlisle deserves his share of credit for the Mavs' turnaround. But how much?
Jean-Jacques Taylor says this has been Carlisle's best coaching job -- even better than when he guided the Mavs to an NBA title in 2011. Part of what he had to say:
The Mavs won a championship because Dirk Nowitzki proved he was one of the NBA's best closers, Shawn Marion played great defense, Jason Terry hit a bevy of clutch buckets and Jason Kidd provided leadership.
They were the ultimate team -- a group of guys who played beautiful basketball -- and every move Carlisle made seemingly worked.
Those Mavs would blow out these Mavs.
Look at the collection of players on this team -- an aging Dirk, who scored a season-high 33 points against the Los Angeles Clippers Tuesday night -- is the only player resembling a star.
You can read the rest of Taylor's take on Carlisle here.
What do you think? Has this been Carlisle's best coaching job?