It Cuts Both Ways In Mavs Quoteboard
Oh my, Corey Brewer -- started, 30 minutes, 20 points on 8-16 shooting, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals, 1 block . . .
"He was all over the place. If there was a tip, running back, hustling, a big block in the first half, flying in for offensive rebounds . . . He was just everywhere, and his energy was definitely contagious." -Dirk Nowitzki
"He was incredible. I love to see that effort. He was everywhere, and that's exactly what we need. Those are game-changing plays -- stealing inbounds, making deflections, even little things that didn't show up on the stat sheet. When we have guys playing like that, I think it's really contagious." -Tyson Chandler
"Yeah, he played well. He had a good first half, a little quiet second half. He made a couple plays and got some back cuts and does what he does. He's an athletic kid. We lost him in the first half. His offensive rebounds were the difference. We didn't put a body on him. We let his athleticism effect us in the first half. We did a better job in the second half." -Coach Vinny Del Negro
"He brought energy and hustle. A couple of times he hit shots, he really had a solid game." -Blake Griffin
"It's been a good turnaround for me. I haven't been active for awhile, but Coach gave me a chance and I just tried doing whatever I can to help the team." -Corey Brewer
More playing time forthcoming?
"There's going to be opportunities to put him out there situational or in the rotation, and we'll see what he does there. But it's hard to argue against what he's doing right now . . . He's making a strong case for being active. This game tonight's going to earn him some more minutes, and I think we've just got to keep looking at him." -Coach Rick Carlisle
Okay, about Jason Terry's boil-over . . .
"It's an internal matter. It's going to remain an internal matter. This is an emotional game, and it's a very compelling game because in our league guys don't wear baseball hats and fans aren't seated 30 yards from the field and guys aren't wearing facemasks with glass barriers like hockey. Emotions run high and sometimes things happen, and I'm going to leave it at that. Jet's a very important guy on our team. I was considering giving him a night off going forward, but I think tonight will be his night off." -Coach Rick Carlisle
"Nothing really happened . . . That's my boy, my favorite teammate since I got here . . . Heat of the moment, nothing big." -Jose Juan Barea
"That's the most important thing to come out of this—we got a win." -Jason Terry
Regarding the Mavs Off the Bench, who outscored their Clipper counterparts 39-20 . . .
"Everyone who played off the bench made significant contributions . . . I thought Stojakovic, who didn't get in the first half because of how well Brewer was playing, just through the rotation, but when his number was called, he went in and hit two or three three-pointers, and a few other timely shots. He was terrific. Stevenson came in there when Brewer needed a rest, played great defense and hit a big three. A lot of the guys stepped up. Haywood was terrific . . . Mahinmi was active and made some good things happen when he was in." -Coach Rick Carlisle
About getting some momentum going after a terrible start -- the Clippers led 35-19 after one but the Mavericks outscored them 88-61 the rest of the game . . .
"They are one of the best finishing teams in the NBA. We got behind early in the game, but we put some plays together and were able to get some fast-break points of our own and all of a sudden we had the momentum." -Tyson Chandler
"We knew the Mavs were going to come out in the third quarter, and they jumped on us early. We didn't control the tempo of the game very well. I thought we took some quick shots, didn't make them work, then they got on a little bit of a run where they were getting layups after layups or easy shots." -Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro
"We're a younger team, and they just imposed their will on us down the stretch, they made some plays, I thought they executed a little bit better. We're going to get better in those areas, too, the more we find ourselves." -Mo Williams
"We really didn't get going until things got heated, and that's not good. Our response from there forward was terrific." -Coach Rick Carlisle
"Tonight, specifically the third quarter killed us. The second quarter hurt us too." -Blake Griffin
Real quick, checking in with Tyson's back . . .
"You know, I felt alright out there, surprisingly. I thought it would be a lot more sore . . . This afternoon I felt even better than I did this morning. [The trainers] padded it up pretty good, and luckily I didn't get hit on it." -Tyson Chandler
Looking ahead to Sunday night's game against the Suns . . .
"They're out of the playoff picture right now, but it's not really about them, it's about us. We've got to go out here and do what we've gotta do to take care of business." -Shawn Marion
On finally getting back on the winning track . . .
"The energy was better, we were more ticked off, obviously. With Jason Kidd not playing and with the assumption that we're kind of locked into the three-seed, we've had some spells of play that have been marginal-at-best. After all that stuff happened in the first half, the guys made a stand. It was good to see, because from that point on we played playoff basketball." -Coach Rick Carlisle
"It's really big for us. We've been going through a losing stretch -- and it's tough when you're losing -- but it was good to get a win tonight with the fans behind us." -Corey Brewer
"We haven't played well, lost some games, had some injuries, Kidd's resting, so it's all piling up a little bit. Maybe this was the game we needed to kind of get some stuff out and re-focus, play with each other and fight with each other." -Dirk Nowitzki
So one more time -- are things settled between the Dallas Mavericks' Jet and Coach?
"It's an internal matter. If we haven't, we will. And if we had, we did. And I think that's fair." -Coach Rick Carlisle