Mavs and Blazers Talk Game 4 In Quoteboard

It is a phrase invented by Jason Kidd and, as far as we know, used only by J-Kidd. ‘Couch Quarterback,' he calls it, a way to ID second-guessers. You know, like ‘Monday Morning Quarterback.' Is that what we are after Portland pulls a 23-point miracle out of its pants? We'll let Kidd and company explain in Quoteboard:

Near the end of the third quarter, the Dallas Mavericks had a commanding lead. One might be forgiven for thinking the game was over right then. And then Brandon Roy happened, to the tune of 18 fourth-quarter points. Dallas's basket, so open and welcoming through the third quarter, grew a lid. Somehow, the 'Blazers manage a comeback worthy of historical footnote and take it 84-82. Series tied up 2-all, and the Mavs limp back to Dallas for Game 5.


Okay, gentlemen -- what in the world just happened?
"It was in our hands. We let them come back. We just let our guard down. We thought it was over with. They were down by 23 and we let our guard down." -Shawn Marion

"We lost a little of our aggression. The way we finished the third quarter was poor -- they went on a 5-0 run, that last three that Roy hit-- I thought it gave him a little more confidence headed into the fourth . . . What got us the lead were stops and scores. What lost the lead was we went eight straight times without scoring, and that fueled their offense. Obviously it's a very tough loss, and we're very disappointed." -Coach Rick Carlisle

"We just couldn't get any stops. That's what the thing came down to. We had to really grind it out offensively . . . It's on us. Really starting at the end of the third we had a 20-point lead and they had a couple of layups there. We didn't run back in transition. Just gradually we couldn't get any stops." -Dirk Nowitzki

"That's basketball -- you go on runs, and they went on a big run." -Jason Kidd

Oh dear God, Brandon Roy . . .
"It still doesn't feel real yet. Just an unbelievable game, the comeback. With everything I've been through this season, it all came into that moment there on the court, when guys were grabbing me and cheering me on. It was real special." -Brandon Roy

"He got on a roll in the fourth and made some things happen. I'm gonna take the blame for a lot of that; there are different things defensively we could've done. We should've done some different things. So I'm gonna take the blame for that."
-Coach Rick Carlisle

"You gotta give them credit -- they put Roy in the middle of the floor. I don't think LaMarcus actually touched the ball in the fourth, it was all Roy on high screen-and-rolls and iso's and he made stuff happen for the team and he got hot." -Dirk Nowitzki

"Tonight was the Brandon Roy of old. He took the game on his shoulders and carried the team, willed the team to win." -Coach Nate McMillan

"We let one dude who didn't do anything the whole game beat us." -Tyson Chandler

Story of two quarters -- the third when lots of things went right and the fourth when nothing did . . .
"The two quarters were diametric opposites. We were getting a lot of stops, and it was fueling our offensive game, and then in the fourth we went eight straight possessions without scoring. A lot of that was things they were doing -- they were aggressive and they were getting stops, that fueled their game." -Coach Rick Carlisle

On the Rose Garden crowd, who hung tough through the third quarter and went nuts down the stretch . . .
"We can't do that, man. This ain't home court. This place is rowdy as hell in here . . . They could smell it. And we just quietly let the crowd get back into it and let them get back into it." -Shawn Marion

Game 5 on Monday night -- on moving forward . . .
"We've been through tough losses before. It's not easy, but for us, we gotta get back on the plane, get back home, study some of the things that went wrong . . . It's dissapointing and everything, but the NBA season has a lot of highs and lows, and we gotta keep going." -Coach Rick Carlisle

"Good thing is, we gotta win two outta three now and we got two at home. That's the only positive . . . This one's over. We gotta learn from it." -Dirk Nowitzki

"You can always play Couch Quarterback, but you gotta look at the tape and you gotta get better." -Jason Kidd

The long and the short of it . . .
"It's a game you shouldn't lose." -Coach Rick Carlisle

"I'm pissed off." -Shawn Marion

"(Bleep)!" -Dirk Nowitzki

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