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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

March 10, 2015 Updates

What really happened b/w Rondo and Coach Carlisle? Charlie Villanueva: Hmmm...well, two competitors who love the game…who want to win. Basketball is an emotional game. They are two strong-minded people. They had their disagreement but it is part of basketball. Things like that happen on every team and you go through it, move on and hopefully it makes the team better and stronger. Charlie Villanueva

March 8, 2015 Updates

Rajon Rondo said he "hasn't had a change of heart" about re-signing with the Dallas Mavericks since his argument with Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle. "People say I'm not trying to be here, but I don't talk to anybody but the five people that are in my circle," Rondo said. "I will vent to them about where I want to be. I'm happy. I'm in a great situation. The best thing is the weather. I miss my kids. I miss my family. That's hard, as well not having them and you come home after playing a bad game. They are always there to cheer you up. That's been difficult. "I haven't had a change of heart about wanting to be here. But I said that in Boston, too, and look what happened." Yahoo! Sports

Q: How do you reflect on your one-game suspension with the Mavericks after having the argument with Carlisle during a game? Rondo: "The situation happened and everyone was like, 'Oh, he doesn't want to be here now.' I get into it with all my coaches. It goes back to [Oak Hill Academy coach] Steve Smith, [his former Kentucky coach] Tubby Smith. It's actually funny. The day me and Rick had an altercation, Tubby came in our locker room and kind of surprised me. Me and Tubby used to get into it and he says I'm his favorite player he ever coached. Yahoo! Sports

"[Louisville Eastern High coach Doug] Bibby and I used to get into it all the time. He benched me like 20 times. He's my mentor and now we talk every day. I still call [his former Boston Celtics coach] Doc [Rivers] for advice every once in a while. It's part of it. Its just life. It's like a marriage. You are not always going to like your wife, you are going to have your arguments, but you are not going to throw in the towel. "I'm on [television] like I committed a crime. Two men had a disagreement. Obviously, we didn't handle it the right way. Obviously, regardless of how it goes down it's always going to be the player's fault, and I took responsibility. But it's a two-way street and we're moving on from that." Yahoo! Sports

Q: What type of relationship do you have with Carlisle now? Rondo: "I have probably talked to Rick more than I talked to any coach in my career whether it's watching film, trying to get me up to speed, what he expects out of me, what he would like to see me do more, what he wants me to get away from. It's pretty much an ongoing thing. Doc communicated. [Celtics coach] Brad Stevens and I communicated. I guess because of the transition Rick has been pretty hands on working with my shot and watching film. He is texting me all the time. Before meetings, we always watch film and talk about game schemes, the little things we like to do and work on today. It's fine." Yahoo! Sports

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