Carlisle Named Western Conference Coach Of The Month

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For Immediate Release April 15, 2010


DALLAS--Mavericks Head Coach Rick Carlisle was named Western Conference Coach of the Month for April, the NBA announced today. Carlisle led the Mavericks to a 5-2 month while securing the Southwest Division title and the Western Conference two-seed. Carlisle is joined by Orlando's Stan Van Gundy as Eastern Conference Coach of the Month.

Carlisle becomes the fourth coach (eighth time) in Mavericks history to earn Coach of the Month honors and the first since Avery Johnson (February 2007). The win is the third of Carlisle's career. He was honored previously in February, 2002 (Detroit) and November 2003 (Indiana).

Dallas won five straight to close the regular season, winning by an average of 14.0 points. The Mavericks finished the regular season with the most road wins in the NBA (27-14 overall) following a three-game sweep of Portland, Sacramento and the Los Angeles Clippers. Their 96-89 win over San Antonio in the regular season finale clinched the two-seed, Dallas' highest finish since earning the one-seed in 2006-2007.

The Mavericks begin their season vs. seventh-seeded San Antonio on Sunday night at 7:00PM (CDT) on TNT. The game will also be broadcast locally on TXA-21.