Dallas Mavericks

Mavs must keep chipping away at the big (rebounding) rock

DALLAS – Winning this rebounding battle this season hasn’t worked out very well for the Dallas Mavericks.

And if the situation doesn’t improve going forward, the Mavs may not last very long in the upcoming playoffs.

"It's a big rock and we just got to keep chipping away at the rock until we crack it, until we solved it, until we get where we need to be,’’ coach Rick Carlisle said. "Rebounding has not been a strength of ours.

"But collectively we can do better and we’re going to keep working on that.’’

The Mavs are 15-8 when outrebounding their opponents, but only 23-17 when they’ve been outrebounded.

So how do the Mavs improve their rebounding deficiencies?

"We’ve got to block out and go get it,’’ Carlisle said. "We’ve got to get everybody involved.

"We’ve got guards that are active and that have a good nose for the ball and they’ve got to get involved in every defensive possession. Our small forwards, too, and our bigs, that goes without saying.’’