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Rick Carlisle on inspiring 2-11 Mavericks: ‘We could all be digging ditches’

Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 08: Head Coach Rick Carlisle of the Dallas Mavericks reacts to an officials call during the first half of a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on November 8, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

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The Mavericks are an NBA-worst 2-11 (yes, worse than the 76ers, who are suddenly “just” ordinarily bad). Gregg Popovich just tore into his Spurs for beating Dallas by just five. Several Mavericks are hurt, making it difficult to snap a six-game losing streak.

But as Dallas coach Rick Carlisle pointed out, it could be worse.

Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News:

I guess.

There’s nothing wrong with appreciating how fortunate anyone is to play or coach in the NBA. I’m just not sure that will have the team raring to go against the Clippers tomorrow.