Mavs coach Rick Carlisle downplays significance of huge win vs. Lakers
The Luka Doncic-powered Dallas Mavericks shocked the NBA by snapping the Los Angeles Lakers’ 10-game win streak on Sunday, a result not many saw coming against the Western Conference leader, at least in terms of the pure dominance of the win.
Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle was even-keeled and didn’t make much of this win, choosing to go the humble route:
“It means that we had a good day,” said Carlisle when asked about the significance of a 114-100 head-turning victory against the Lakers, according to Dwain Price of Mavs.com. “We did a lot of good things and we’re going to stay humble.
“We move on to another hard game on Tuesday on national TV, and New Orleans will be sky-high for that. Every time we have a game like this people are more than ever throwing their best game at us.”
The Mavs have gotten off to a surprising 13-6 start this season, positioning themselves in the top four of the Western Conference early on. Yet Carlisle is plenty aware that his team still has room for growth and will keep the celebrations internal due to just that.
While this win against the Lakers is likely the highlight of their young season, the Mavericks have also racked up losses against the struggling Portland Trail Blazers and New York Knicks (twice), so Carlisle knows it’s too early to rain confetti for a team aspiring for some consistency.
The Mavs fell short of beating the Lakers the first time around at home, losing 119-110 in overtime, but they’ve taken the first leap, now waiting to finish a clean road trip with a win against the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday.