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Mavericks face huge odds and elimination

Mavericks face huge odds and elimination

by GEORGE RIBA

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Posted on April 26, 2010 at 6:35 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 26 at 7:08 PM

DALLAS, TX - The loss by the Mavericks Sunday night to the Spurs in San Antonio has put Dallas on the verge of their third first-round playoff exit in four years.

"We've got a game on Tuesday," says Mavericks center Brendan Haywood. "I don't look any further than that because if we don't take care of Tuesday, there won't be a game later in the week."
 
In 189 series that have gone to a 3-1 deficit, only 8 teams have rallied from that margin.
 
"It starts with one game and I think that we've got to keep our eye on the ball and understand that," says Head Coach Rick Carlisle.
 
Carlisle is one two members of the Mavericks who actually know what it's like to come back from a 3-1 deficit. He did it as a coach in Detroit when the Pistons came back to beat the Magic in 2003.
 
"You've got to stay in the present," Carlisle says. "We've got to study the things that we need to do win game five first, understanding that being home is great but doesn't guarantee anything. From there you build on it."
 
Mavericks forward Shawn Marion also knows what it’s like to come back since he helped the Suns rally against the Lakers in 2006 before eventually losing to Dallas in the Western Conference Finals.
 
"I've been in this situation before. I've been part of one of the only teams in NBA history to come back from a 3-1 deficit in a series so can be done," Marion says. "It's not over until the fat lady sings. I don't see no fat lady!"
 
When you consider the lack of mental toughness and the lack of focus of the Mavericks right now, something has got to change for them to even get close to winning another game. It makes their task of come back from a 3-1 deficit that much tougher.
 
"It's definitely time to respond, and we always have all season so we need to win a home game and go from there," says Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki.
 
"This can be done," says Mavericks broadcaster Bob Ortegal. "It's been done before. Is it easy, no, it's not easy but it can be done. Eight other teams have done it. Why not be number nine."
 
And that's the state of mind that the Mavericks have to be in.

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