Mavs-Spurs Locker Room Talk In QUOTEBOARD

When Mavs 103, Spurs 94 was over, I might've let out a barbaric yawp. Our guys are a bit more articulate, of course. Quoteboard!



Get it out of the way -- Brendan Haywood's one-game suspension . . .
"Violation of team policy, so it's a one-game suspension. I'm not gonna expound on it any more than that." -Coach Rick Carlisle

Regarding another enemy win streak broken . . .
"We didn't know what the streak was. This is what the rivalry is about. We play them three more times and probably in the playoffs again." -Jason Terry

"You can blame it on the turkey or whatever. But it happens . . . The only thing we can do is focus on Sunday." -George Hill

About fourth quarter magic -- Dallas has outscored opponents by an average of 11 points in the last three games . . .
"Offensively, there were times in the past where we would force-feed the ball to me. But we haven't done that the last couple of games. We kept moving the rock." -Dirk Nowitzki

"Dallas did a great job tonight. As a group they executed better than we did. I think they were a bit hungry and a bit more competitive than we were tonight. It showed up in the fourth quarter." -Coach Gregg Popovich

"It was pretty clear they made all the shots they needed and we didn't." -Manu Ginobli

Regarding Tyson Chandler and his 13-16 free-throw shooting . . .
"We know who's shooting our technical free throws!" -Jason Terry

About Ian Mahinmi and his performance against his former mates . . .
"I knew Ian would step up for us, though, in the minutes he would be out there." -Tyson Chandler

Major props to Shawn Marion, who made sure Ginobli's deadeye shooting didn't last past the first quarter . . .
"That's two games in a row that Shawn has gone toe-to-toe and battled one of the top players in the league. The rest of the group fed off that." -Coach Rick Carlisle

"That's what we need from Shawn. I don't care how many baskets he makes, he makes so much happen out there on defense, and on offense. He definitely earned his nickname tonight -- the Matrix." -Tyson Chandler

Three down, one very big one to go . . .

"This is a big week for us, a challenge for us. And we're stepping up. And we got another big one." -Shawn Marion

"It's a game (tonight at home against Miami) that we want to win. It's a game that we feel like we can win." -Tyson Chandler

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