It is not a statistic you see displayed often during an NBA telecast, but certain coaches seem to take more timeouts than others. Some coaches are known for just letting the guys play, no matter how out of hand the game may seem to get. Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle, for instance, seems to take more timeouts than other head coaches. Additionally, the pattern to the timeouts seems to come with a lack of regard for how many he has remaining.
In no way, however, is this a negative criticism of Carlisle’s use of timeouts. It’s just that the conventional use of timeouts seems to be that a coach will call a timeout when the opposition goes on a run, especially if the game is on the road and the crowd is really into it.
With Carlisle though, that first time comes ever abruptly. He’ll make his adjustments afterwards and get the right guys in there. But if the opposing team continues to go on a run, even if it is less than a minute later, Carlisle will call another timeout, and then another timeout. Many times, it seems Carlisle’s Mavericks are two or three timeouts behind the opposing team’s timeouts.
It seems that Carlisle is willing to take that risk and make that sacrifice, and does so fearlessly; the Dallas coach seems to stand on that edge.