Enemy Lines: A rival scout sizes up the Mavericks

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Dirk Nowitzki, 35, averaged 17.3 points last season, his lowest mark since his rookie year in 1998-99.

Dirk Nowitzki, 35, averaged 17.3 points last season, his lowest mark since his rookie year in 1998-99.

Players respect Carlisle. They can't argue with him when he tells them exactly what their job is going to be, or when they've lost four of five and he tells somebody, "You're not defending or making shots, so you're not going to be in the rotation anymore."

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