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Rick Carlisle Calls Mavericks 'Old And Slow' Compared To Thunder

Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle talked about the matchup between his team and the Oklahoma City Thunder with Galloway and Company on 103.3 ESPN Radio to talk about the matchup:

On how the Mavs matchup with the Thunder:

Look, we're old and slow and Oklahoma City is young and fast. So, you know, we're going to have to play a smart series, we're going to have to play a hard and intelligent series, and we're going to have to play to our strengths. The whole notion that we wanted Oklahoma City, it's never been about that.

On how the Mavs plan to deal with Russell Westbrook:

We want to keep Westbrook out of the paint, for sure, but you know, Harden is another guy that gets into the paint and Harden may draw more fouls per minute than anybody in basketball, including Durant and Westbrook. All three of those guys present major challenges and look we'd love Westbrook to take contested 18-foot shots, but we don't want to just give him 18-foot shots because, I mean he's making those.

One of the main things that the Mavericks will need to is try and find a way to slow down the scoring trio of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Westbrook if they want to upset the Thunder. If the Mavericks can pull off that task then they may have a shot in this series.

For all the latest news and notes about the Mavericks playoff run, head over to Mavs Moneyball while Welcome To Loud City has everything you need to know about the Thunder.

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