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April 22, 2015 Updates

After the game, he was surrounded at his locker room by reporters. After getting dressed, he walked by the media members, briefly stopped in the training room, put head phones in and refused to talk. “I like the way other guys were playing,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “Coach’s decision.” When asked about Rondo’s effort tonight, Carlisle said: “You can ask him that question. “All I know, right now, is that we need everybody at their competitive best. This isn’t about one guy who did or didn’t play. This is about everybody pulling in the same direction for the organization. That’s what it’s all about.” Houston Chronicle

Rajon Rondo looped around the media horde surrounding his stall late Tuesday night in the Toyota Center visitors' locker room and darted into the trainer's room. A couple of minutes later, Rondo emerged with headphone buds in his ears and ignored the handful of reporters who attempted to ask him questions as he walked toward the arena's exits, his eyes never shifting from straight ahead. ESPN.com

Perhaps surprisingly, there were no postgame fireworks between Carlisle and Rondo, multiple sources told ESPNDallas.com. The coach and point guard had infamous expletive-laced exchanges on Feb. 24, the first occurring during a timeout after Rondo walked the ball up the floor and ignored Carlisle's play call midway through the third quarter, the second coming in the locker room after Rondo watched the rest of the Mavs' comeback win over the Toronto Raptors from the bench. ESPN.com

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First I just wanted to get your reaction as head of the NBA Coaches' Association to the Hall's decision not to induct Bill Fitch again this year. Rick Carlisle, coach, Dallas Mavericks: Well, we're disappointed that Bill Fitch didn't get inducted this year. We know that we need to continue to educate everyone on Coach Fitch's accomplishments, because they are unique. He's third all time in games coached with over 2500. He took five different franchises to deep lottery to either championships, Finals, Conference Finals, or playoff success. When you take on those kinds of challenges, you're going to have more losses. His coaching record doesn't shine as bright as some other people that are in (ed note: Fitch has a career .460 win percentage), but with over 25 years of longevity and some of the things he did to change the game, for example, he was one of the early guys using video, to teach players and for scouting. He was a pioneer in that area. He's one of the most well-thought of competitors in the history of our game. CBSSports.com

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If the playoffs started now, Parsons said he couldn't play. This isn't about precaution. Parsons' knee is a problem for the Mavs, who desperately need their $46 million small forward in peak form for the playoffs. "Am I concerned? Yeah, I'm concerned," coach Rick Carlisle said. "We'll see where we are. We're not going to take any risks with it. He desperately wants to play, and he's played hurt a lot this year. When he came back from his foot thing, he was out there a lot earlier than a lot of guys would have been. We've just got to make sure we're smart about the whole thing." ESPN.com

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"This is a Dallas Mavericks hard-play problem, all right?" Carlisle said after the Mavs blew a six-point lead in the final six minutes of the loss, focusing on their poor effort in the first half. "We don't play hard all the time. And that's a problem. "It's pretty clear that's where our inconsistency is, and we've got to get better. We've got to be a more together team. I believe that we can do it. We did it in the second half, but it's work. It takes effort. It takes effort in the locker room, it takes sacrifice and we've got to be willing to do those things." ESPN.com

Why can't the Mavs consistently play with the kind of effort expected of professionals, much less a playoff team? "I think that's a question you've got to ask them," Carlisle said, referring to the players. "I have my theories, but I'm not going to air them out publicly. I aired things out in there at halftime, and I've said enough for one night as far as that goes. If you've got questions about strategies and specific things, I'll answer them. But in terms of the soul of the team, you've got to ask those guys." ESPN.com

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“I’ve always thought, and it’s crazy, I’ve said it before, if you argue that means you’re closer,” Rivers said. “When you don’t argue is when you have separation, and I’ve always thought that. “If there are issues on a team and no one is talking about it — but they know they’re there — then you’re not a very close team. The close teams are the teams that actually get in the arguments and fight and argue it out, because they’re comfortable enough with each other to do it.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Here's Carlisle: "This is a story no one has ever heard, but the last time Larry played basketball was, I believe, the 2000 season. He and I and a couple of the older veteran guys on our team with Indiana took on four of the younger guys. Best 2-of-3, halfcourt game of 4 on 4. "Larry hit the game-winning shot in the third game to give us the win. And what we did" – Carlisle pauses and laughs at the recollection – "he fell on the floor in exultation, and we’re piling on him. It was great. "The young guys were just shaking their heads, like, 'look at these old fools.' "It was a vintage Bird shot, too. Step back, high arc, all net. The same stuff that he had that night [against] Atlanta." Boston Globe

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