Miami 88, Mavs 86: Game 3 Quoteboard
The Dallas Mavericks have been the last-minute magic masters all year, and have done it several times already this postseason. The ugly side to that is their habit of putting themselves in a position to need minor miracles to win games. Some sloppy late-game offense and a tough-yet-makeable shot that wasn't made, and there it goes. Final 88-86 and Miami goes up 2-1. At the very least this costs us the opportunity to end it in Dallas, and if you believe the numbers it might've cost the Mavs the series.
The Miracle Shot That Was, part one -- Mario Chalmers 37-foot heave with half his foot in the backcourt . . .
"They throw in a halfcourt shot that may have been a backcourt violation at the end of the first. That's a great play for them, and it's a tough one for us." -Coach Rick Carlisle
"You know, I think we got down 15 again and we're fighting our way back, and we cut it to five at halftime. But the big thing is, you know, they win the first quarter, and that's pretty much -- if you want to look at it, that's the game because we won the next three." -Jason Kidd
The Miracle Shot That Was, part two -- Chris Bosh jump shot, putting Miami ahead for good . . .
"We had a mental breakdown that one play Bosh gets the wide-open jumper in the last minute. We messed up on the pick-and-roll in the middle and left I think James wide open. Tyson left the basket, had to rotate to LeBron, and he kicked it over to Bosh. I was over there with two-on-one, with Haslem and Bosh. Got to give Haslem credit, he set a good pick and Bosh was wide open. I don't really know what happened there in the screen-and-roll, but we definitely messed it up." -Dirk Nowitzki
The Miracle Shot That Wasn't -- Nowitzki midrange jump shot, missed . . .
"That's a makeable shot, but UD did a great job of keeping his chest in front of him and forcing him into a fadeaway. Nowitzki is a tough player. That shot hung up in the air about as long as it was in between Game 2 and Game 3." -Coach Erik Spoelstra
"He's a great player, 7 feet, so he's going to shoot over me. I've got to make it tough on him." -Udonis Haslem
"I thought he made me shoot a contested shot and a shot I can make, but unfortunately it didn't go." -Dirk Nowitzki
About having to play from behind the entire game (again) . . .
"First of all, we can't always fall down behind. I think we're always reacting. We did in the first quarter. We fell down big . . . We all know that basketball is a game of runs. We have to stop the runs a little quicker. We can't get down 15 all the time and battle back. You can get like a five, six-point swing here and there. We can't get in a deep hole like that." -Dirk Nowitzki
"I think tonight one of the things that hurt us was we were digging out of holes all night, with the exception of the very beginning of the game. We get down five or seven, climb back into it, get a one-point lead or get it tied, and then we were a minute or two later back digging ourselves back again. It's very difficult playing from behind." -Coach Rick Carlisle
"Right now in the series, that's pretty much what we're doing. We have to figure out how to get in front and play from up front." -Jason Kidd
Regarding turnovers -- Dallas finished with fourteen, but Miami only hwarfed up ten . . .
"They were the best in the league during the season -- No. 1 at converting steals into turnovers. In many ways it's turnovers and two points. Steals into points, actually. In many cases, it's just turnovers in general. So we only had six in the first half. It led to 14 points, which is an inordinate number. So it's a good example of the importance of taking care of the ball." -Coach Rick Carlisle
"You can't give this team so many fastbreak points and the only way they got fastbreak points is off our turnovers. We're doing a good job of halfcourt defense setting up, but we're giving them running starts. We're giving them 11-point leads, 15-points leads off of turnovers." -Tyson Chandler
"We have to take care of the ball against this team. Make or miss shots, you can't just give these guys easy layups on the other end. That's what they're doing to us right now." -Jason Kidd
"They're good deflecting the ball. They're athletic. They're intense. They're trying to get steals. They're doing a good job of that. We just have to take care of the ball." -Jose Juan Barea
Get That Man Some Help, or The Bench Went AWOL Again . . .
"Inconsistent. We've been very inconsistent,. Obviously, offensively is where we like to get in the paint and finish plays, and we haven't done that. A lot of that falls on my shoulders, and so again in Game 4, I will be real aggressive. I have to be for us to be successful." -Jason Terry
"I think had some open looks, especially threes, and they felt great and some were long and some were short. They just didn't go down for me. I'm going to keep shooting them. This team needs me to make shots, and everybody needs to make open shots, and we kinda struggled with that tonight." -Jose Juan Barea
"The big thing is when we have those open looks, we have to be able to knock them down no matter if it's our bench players or the starters. Right now, Dirk and Jet are the only ones scoring." -Jason Kidd
Speaking of, on the absence of Brendan Haywood . . .
"It made it tougher for us because he's a regular rotation guy. I thought Mahinmi's energy was good. At times maybe a little too energetic, but that was expected. We'll see how Brendan is for Game 4, and that's a day and a half away now. He's been doing better, so when we get to that point, we'll see where we're at." -Coach Rick Carlisle
"He's definitely missed because he brings a big presence for us, but I don't want to say that's the reason we lost tonight, because we had opportunities to win."
Five fouls in eight minutes? C'mon, Ian . . .
"I was very surprised by some of the calls. Some of the calls were good, some I didn't think I foul the guy, but obviously when they blow the whistle, they blow the whistle. There's nothing you can do." -Ian Mahinmi
Artfully cited statistics aside, it's still best-of-seven -- looking ahead to Game 4 . . .
"We have to be a little sharper at the beginning and not let them get their rhythm. And I thought the crowd pushed us forward. So, we're going to need the same effort out of them. It's basically a must-win situation. Hopefully we can play a better all-around game and finally get some shots to go down here at home and see what happens Tuesday. Like I said, this is a tough loss, and it's basically a must-win situation on Tuesday. We can't go down 3-1." -Dirk Nowitzki