Rick Carlisle gives kudos to the NBA during these difficult times

Knowing that it’s a totally difficult situation, Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle gave kudos to the NBA for keeping the league’s 30 teams on the court as much as they have this season.

While some teams have had to play on while missing some of their key players, other teams have had their games postponed. Although that has been somewhat confusing to some fans, Carlisle understands.

“Without knowing all of the details and every in and out of every situation, I know they’re doing their best,” Carlisle said of the NBA. “We knew getting into this season that there were going to be many unusual challenges.

“Who knew that one of the challenges was going to be an eight-day break between games, which we had last week? And there will be more unexpected things in the second half. We just don’t know exactly what they are.”

Josh Richardson, Dorian Finney-Smith, Maxi Kleber, Dwight Powell and Jalen Brunson are the five Mavs players who have missed a combined total of 41 games either due to contracting the coronavirus or because of health and safety protocols. That obviously is one of the reasons the Mavs are just 15-16 after Thursday’s 111-97 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.

“We’re coming up on almost a year since the hiatus hit last March 11,” Carlisle said. “There’s been a lot of adjusting, there’s been a lot of pivoting, everyone’s had to be light on their feet.…

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