Game 2 NBA Finals Quoteboard
All season long, stuff like this has been happening. The Dallas Mavericks find themselves up against the clock behind by some improbable number and somehow finds the hardcore hero stuff to conjure a win. Dirk made what should've been the kill shot from behind the arc, but Mario Chalmers answered to knot it all up again at 93. So Dirk killed Miami deader with a left-handed layup and Dwayne Wade's hero-heave missed. Cut it in stone -- Mavs win, 95-93.
We've come to expect this -- Miami leads 88-73 with 7:14 left and their leaders indulge in a spot of happy-dancing in front of the Visitors' bench . . .
"He followed through and left the hand up. The big thing was he made the shot and at that point we were down 15. For us, we had nothing to lose. We had to keep playing. Everybody who played tonight stayed together and encouraged one another to keep playing it out, and we found ourselves in the ballgame." -Jason Kidd
"I was right behind them, so I saw the celebration." -Jason Terry
"I mean, he celebrated in front of our bench. I think it angered a lot of us, and, you know, we came out there with a spark." -Tyson Chandler
"First of all, every team in the league, when they go on a run, they do something, whether it's a signal, whether it's a chest bump. It's a part of the game of basketball. A celebration is confetti, champagne bottles. There was no celebration. It was a shot made going into a timeout. Every team does something. That's the game." -Dwayne Wade
"There was no celebration at all. I was excited about the fact that he hit a big shot and we went up 15. The same thing we've done over the course of the season. We knew we had seven minutes to go still to close out the game. As far as celebration, that word has been used with us all year, but we knew how much time was left in the game still." -LeBron James
One massive late-game rally, coming up . . .
"Just hang in. Let's get some stops. Let's give ourselves a chance. Let's put some pressure on them. We really hadn't put any pressure on them at all in two games to speak of . . . but by being solid and getting a couple of stops and scoring, we got some momentum and it worked out." -Coach Rick Carlisle.
"We got stops and we maybe gave up two offensive rebounds in that last seven minutes. Guys just stayed together. Even with that last 3-pointer that Chalmers made, everybody just looked forward and said, 'Let's find a way to win the game.'" -Jason Kidd
On Jason Terry, fourth-quarter specialist . . .
"I have had games throughout my career where I've struggled. I've struggled throughout three quarters in the game and then, boom, in the fourth quarter the light comes on. Tonight was another one of those examples. In a game with this magnitude, to be down 15 points in that situation, I was just going to do whatever it took to leave it all out on the floor. That's what happened tonight." -Jason Terry
. . . except for a little oopsie that left Mario Chalmers all alone in the corner for a game-tying three . . .
"I don't even want to tell you what (Dirk) was saying in the huddle. Lot of curse words, because that was my mistake, it was my error that left Chalmers wide open for three, but as we got ourselves together we got composed, we knew what we wanted to get accomplished on the offensive end." -Jason Terry
"If you're down 15 and you make an amazing run like that and you're up three, you can't give up a wide-open 3. It just can't happen, so we've gotta go back and look at stuff like that." -Dirk Nowitzki
Regarding Shawn Marion -- another stuffed boxscore, including 20 points, 8 boards, 3 assists, a block, and a steal . . .
"I'm just being aggressive on both ends of the floor. I think I'm seeing some things I can take advantage of and I'm doing it. My teammates are finding me, the balls are finding me in ways to create opportunities for myself and my teammates. I'm taking advantage of it . . . Also, I was able to handle some pick-and-rolls. I like that. I was able to come off and be aggressive and attack more. I was able to find my teammates or attack the basket." -Shawn Marion
"He was great. Look, we need him on the floor because of his defense. Offensivley he's given us points and playmaking. His movement on the court makes a lot of good things happen for us." -Coach Rick Carlisle
On the subject of Coach's T about halfway through the third quarter . . .
"I stand up for my guys. If I think things are going on out there that aren't fair, I'm going to fight for them. That's just how I do business. If you get a technical once in a while, you get a technical once in a while." -Coach Rick Carlisle
About the final dagger, a left-handed (!) driving layup from the UberMan . . .
"I kept seeing they were pre-rotating to our shooters and they kept getting lost in our screen and rolls. So coming out of that timeout I told the guys, 'If me and Dirk set a double screen, look back to this side because I feel like I can get a pick on one of them and they're going to be confused.' And it opened up." -Tyson Chandler
"We talked about it. They had a foul to give, so I actually drive a little earlier than I would have, knowing they had a foul to give. Made a move and the foul never came, so I was able to get to the basket and lay it in. That was a big play, and they didn't have a timeout left, so we had to scramble back." -Dirk Nowitzki
"Unbelievable, but these are shots, again, that he works and practices. I don't know how that finger felt, but I know how he didn't care. He was gonna do whatever it took for us to get the win tonight." -Jason Terry
Chandler, Tyson Chandler . . .
"I just said, I don't care what my stats end up, I'm just going to give everything I've got. I'm going to leave it out on the floor, and there's no way I'm walking out of this game with any disappointment. That was the longest day-and-a-half ever. I has happy to get back on this floor." -Tyson Chandler
"Tyson has been our MVP defensively all season long. He's covered a lot of ground for us. We did a better job I thought of pick-and-roll coverage. He really stepped out there, impacted the ball. We were still able to recover back some and scramble." -Dirk Nowitzki
Cue the Smallest Violin In The World . . .
"No question about it, that's about as tough a fourth quarter you can have. When it started to slide, it just kept on going . . . We're not happy about this. Certainly the way we closed the game is so uncharacteristic for us on both ends of the court." -Coach Erik Spoelstra.
"We didn't play the way that we normally play, so they deserved it and we didn't." -Dwayne Wade
On this point, it's a valid comparison, or [bleep] pain, it's the Finals . . .
"I played with Bird when he was the best player in the world. Guys like that don't feel pain right now. You play, and if you're feeling pain, you make yourself numb so you won't feel pain. You play and you've got to be a warrior." -Coach Rick Carlisle
"I thought it wasn't going to bother me, and it didn't. I was able to get a good grip on the ball . . . Still didn't shoot the ball the way I wanted to . . . I gotta be sharper in Game 3 if we want to have chance." -Dirk Nowitzki
It Ain't Over 'Till It's Over, as applied to our Mavs . . .
"I think in this league you have to play til the end. Especially, it's the Finals. You can be down 20. You have to keep plugging. You never know what's going to happen in this league. And we kept on fighting." -Dirk Nowitzki
"We always believe that we could come back regardless of the score. The game is over when the final buzzer rings." -Shawn Marion
Looking ahead, because there's still a series to win . . .
"We're not gonna approach the next three, we're gonna approach the next one like it's our last. I mean, you can get a split and a huge emotional win in Game 2 and then go home and lose Game 3. So, as far as I'm concerned, the next one is the biggest game of them all, and hopefully our fans will be rocking. They've been great to us and carried us throughout the playoffs so far, so we're going home to a great building and hopefully can get Game 3." -Dirk Nowitzki
"Just hang in. Hang around. Keep believing.'' -Coach Rick Carlisle.