"We just couldn't get over the hump. It was tough, it was frustrating, but our guys kept battling. I take the positives out of it, but right now, we've got to really work together." -Coach Rick Carlisle
Regarding Caron Butler and his 30 points . . .
"He's aggressive, and he's a big game player. He likes the responsibility of performing and being the lifeline; that's one of the things I love about him . . . he did a good job of attacking." -Coach Rick Carlisle
About Jason Terry and his horrible 3-16 shooting night . . .
"I just kept telling him in the second half and fourth quarter, just keep playing your game and staying aggressive because you're going to break out of this -- just keep believing. And it's as simple as that." -Coach Rick Carlisle
Starting at forward -- Brian Cardinal, with three treys, three rebounds, and hard work generally . . .
"I think my role is to just be ready whenever called upon whether it's at the 3 or 4. I just need to come in and play hard and try to make things happen on defense and knock down open shots when I get the ball and just play aggressive and smart and stay ready." -Brian Cardinal
And for San Antonio -- Greg Neal, leading the team with 21 points . . .
"Gary has been important to us all year long coming off the bench, scoring, playing hard. He has been a big part of what we have been doing." -Coach Gregg Popovich
"When we needed it, he stepped up and hit the shots. Our whole team was looking for him and he made the shots." -George Hill
Professional respect from the opposition . . .
We were fortunate in a lot of ways. I don't think we were very sharp and I thought Dallas showed a lot of character, a lot of class, which one would expect. They were very aggressive, fired up and really got after it and played a damn good game and we were fortunate to get out of here with a win." -Coach Gregg Popovich
Observations about Life Without Nowitzki . . .
"It's a good opportunity actually. It's a chance for the other guys to develop working together, a chance for us to come up with some good lineups without Dirk, so there's really some upside there." -Mark Cuban
"Without Dirk in the lineup, the margin for error is extremely slim." -Coach Rick Carlisle
"Without him, it's tough. But I'm not concerned. When we get him back, we'll have him back. Until then, we'll figure it out." -Jason Terry
"You got to give San Antonio credit. They made shots when they had to. But the effort was there tonight, even without Dirk. We gave ourselves a chance to win. And in this leage, that's all you can ask for." -Jason Kidd
And the prognosis?
"Maybe this weekend, early next week; that's what I'm looking at." -Dirk Nowizki