robert cummingsContributor IMarch 24, 2010

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First and foremost when it comes to the Mavericks, i'm one of the biggest fans they have. I attend at least twenty games a season and when someone talk trash about the Mavs i'm the first one to take up for them. I wrote an article about the Mavs winning streak and how it means nothing, some people told me the Mavs were playing good and that they might make it to the western conference finals. KEEP DREAMING.

The Mavs are not playing any good defense and when it comes playoff time don't be surprised if they exit early. Rick Carlisle has to do a better job in getting this team to play both sides of the ball. The Mavs gives up too many points a game and also can't hold on to a lead, the Clippers scored 96 points last night and i felt embarrassed.

If the Mavericks are suppose to be contenders in the western conference, tell me why are they letting teams who don't have a chance in hell to make the playoffs score at will. When Avery Johnson was coaching, the Mavs played defense but we kept crying about how Avery was a control freak. If Carlisle can't get them to play defense then Mark Cuban needs to hire somebody that can.

Time is running out and the way i see it, the Mavs will to have to score at least 125 points a game in order to win it all. You can call me crazy if you want but if the Mavs don't step there defense up, there going home early and I'm going to be the first in line screaming FIRE RICK CARLISLE!