Playing from behind and with a patchwork roster all season, coach never let Mavs quit.
"Other guys have to step up and make plays, and we weren't able to make plays," said coach Rick Carlisle. That seems to sum up the Mavericks.
Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki deals with the truth but also battles reality.
Mavericks' playoffs streak destined to come to an end with lukewarm roster this season
Even with recent additions, Mavs are closer to mediocrity than title contention.