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I'm finally getting back in the swing of things, and it's almost like I never left -- the last game I saw in its entirety was the Boston blowout...  Hard to get too down after either one of those games though since I wouldn't have picked Dallas to win, but man it was ugly.

"It was a butt-whipping," coach Rick Carlisle said. "I'm not going to make any excuses. They played great, and we just did not."

Mike Fisher has his game observations, and correctly points out that this always happens in Utah.

Quote of the Night: "They kicked the crap out of us.'' - Rick Carlisle.

Now I believe that Slick Rick said this Thursday while referring back to the Mavs' December visit to Salt Lake City. But it works.

When it's Dallas at Utah, "They kicked the crap out of us'' is a ready-make, one-size-fits-all kind of quote.

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Sefko says Dallas is not involved in any major trade discussions right now.

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Sefko has some quotes from Sloan about Kidd calling more plays.

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A Stackhouse update! It sounds like he's here for the season and will even see the court again at some point. 

"This is a two-part process. The first part is he's got to get healthy and in condition, and the second part is the actual activation and integration into the rotation. That's going to be a feel thing.

"My message to him was, 'let's get you back, then we'll go from there.' "