OKLAHOMA CITY -- Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle has invoked the basketball gods a time or two this season. After a second gut-punch playoff loss to the Thunder in Monday's Game 2, Carlisle channeled a friend of his in another sport.
"As my good friend Ron Washington would say, that's how baseball go," Carlisle said.
The Mavs have dealt with two losses by a total of four points in the first two games of this first-round series. If Kevin Durant's jumper in Game 1 doesn't get the sweet bounce, Dallas holds the 1-0 lead. If Dirk Nowitzki's baseline jumper with 27.9 seconds to go in Game 2 doesn't bounce off the rim, the Mavs might have had a 2-0 lead.
Instead they are in an 0-2 hole with critical Game 3 in Dallas two days away on Thursday night.
"You've got to give them credit for what they're doing and we've got to just; we can't dig ourselves a 16-point hole in the first half," Carlisle said. "That's something that's tough. I love the way we fought back and it was great. Guys hung in, they kept their poise, all that. But, hey look, they held serve and we've got to go home and hold serve, too."