Quoteboard For Mavs 91, Suns 83

A final of 91-83 is not a normal sight when its Mavs-Suns. 'Playoff-style basketball'? Yeah, if you mean 'games in which a team can find just enough of something right to win games in which almost everything goes wrong.' In other words, how do the Mavs win when they open the game shooting 5-of-25? Let them tell the tale ...





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We've already marked it down -- in Utah last night Shawn Marion scored his 15,000th point . . .
"That it happened last night without much fanfare was very disappointing to me. I found out about it this morning and that's a tremendous achievement. And Shawn's done it so many different ways. His game has just sort of continued to grow throughout his career . . . The thing that's clear to me in my experience with him now almost two years is he's into winning. And he's a proud guy, but he wants to win." -Coach Rick Carlisle

About the terrible, horrible, no-good, very-bad first quarter -- ten straight missed shots, six turnovers . . .
"The first quarter was terrible. We allowed them to get layups, we allowed Gortat to get going. They got everything they wanted. They fast-breaked on us, we turned the ball over. I mean, we basically were shooting ourselves in the foot. We made an adjustment from that." -Tyson Chandler

Regarding the defense -- Phoenix went scoreless for over four minutes in the fourth . . .

"That's a tribute to our defense that we win that game. If you would have told me before that I'm 6-for-19, ‘Trix is 2-for-10, Jet is like 2-for-30 -- if you tell me that before the game that we'd still find a way to win then I wouldn't have believed it. Yeah, we won that game with our defense and it's good to know that we can still do that." -Dirk Nowitzki

"Our team defense down the stretch, this is the way we were playing earlier in the season. If you don't play defense in the playoffs, you're not going to win . . . The past champions, they all play good defense. Sometimes it's not going to be pretty, but if you hold teams to 83, you're going to win a lot of games." -Jason Kidd

"I thought the defense was pretty solid the whole game. [The Suns] are a sophisticated, highly skilled offensive team and they're in a desperate mode right now, so I liked our defense the whole way and in the second half in particular. These types of games come down to will and toughness and I give our guys a lot of credit." -Coach Rick Carlisle

On the baskets that finally put Dallas ahead and kept them there -- both Kidd threes . . .
"I had no choice, J.J. gave me the ball with one second on the shot clock. So, that helped, because I didn't have to think about it . . . The first one I had no choice, the shot clock was about to go off. The second one, I was shooting it all the way if Dirk was going to give it to me." -Jason Kidd

"It just goes to show you how close the games was, because that first three he hit beat the clock by maybe a hundredth of a second. And his level of concentration to step into that shot and hit all net is phenomenal. And then the other one Dirk just got in a bad way, he circled around and gave [Kidd] an outlet, and there's no tougher shot in basketball than a 3-point shot if you're right-handed moving to your left and circling around. I mean, it's just very difficult. So, it was two phenomenal shots and then we got a couple of big stops at the end which got us home." -Coach Rick Carlisle

About Tyson Chandler and his 18 rebounds . . .
"When I'm rebounding the ball well and I'm just touching the ball, it seems like I just get in a better rhythm. You can get a rhythm from different things -- from taking shots, going to the free throw line, getting a dunk in there. But when I'm rebounding the ball, for whatever reason, it seems like I get in a better rhythm." -Tyson Chandler

"Tyson has been the heart of the team all year around the basket and, again, he gave us a presence at both ends." -Coach Rick Carlisle

The view from the Phoenix bench . . .

"We played with great effort, I thought -- did a good job and had a great start. We just weren't quite able to maintain and then we couldn't come up with shots at the end of the game." -Coach Alvin Gentry

"We are facing some pains right now because of the mountain we had to climb all year. I think we have to play with class and dignity and go on fighting every night. We fought pretty hard tonight. We didn't play great but we fought." -Steve Nash

"After this game I don't think we're going to be talking about playoffs this year anymore." -Marcin Gortat

Status report on the Last Epic Road Trip . . .

"Well, we're trying to win all the games, and we certainly wanted to get off to a great start. But again, we're very process-oriented . . . The work is gonna go on and it's gonna go on through the rest of this trip, but I'm very happy with the start." -Coach Rick Carlisle

Something to chew on . . .
"We're back to where we started where we were playing pretty good defense. Then we went through a lapse where we were just going to outscore people. You go through those during a season." -Jason Kidd

"It almost seems like when our offense is off that we really buckle down defensively and just seem to be more focused defensively. When we're shooting the ball well, we're moving the ball, we're playing well offensively, I think that's sometimes when we tend to relax, and that's the wrong formula. We should buckle down defensively when we make shots, too, and make runs and use that to our advantage." -Dirk Nowitzki

"If we can take the mindset of we're going to be a defensive team first and then we get it rolling the way we're capable of doing offensively, we'll be a dangerous team." -Tyson Chandler

The game in brief . . .

"On nights when the shots aren't going in, hey, we need 12 guys pulling together over there and keeping everybody energized. And that's exactly what happened." -Coach Rick Carlisle



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