Jason Kidd noted it after the Phoenix game and the broadcast guys brought it up again; games against San Antonio in which one of their leaders is MIA usually go badly for Dallas.
Thursday ... oh dear. Just burn the tape.
The Forces of Evil take it 93-71. And to make matters worse, Kidd left in the first half with a lower back injury, and there's no word yet how bad it is.
Wait a mintue-- That Bonner Character is your leading scorer?!?
"That was a Christmas miracle." -Matt Bonner
What in the name of goodness just happened?
"It's a hit-first league. They hit us first, and we didn't respond well enough in the first half. Disappointing. San Antonio's energy to start the game was better. Their competitive level was higher. The decisive part of the game was the first half. I don't know if there's a lot of analysis beyond that really. We take it like men and get on to the next one. We all own it." -Coach Rick Carlisle
"They came out early and ran at us as we couldn't recover from it. In the third quarter we did a better job, but it was tough. When you're playing on the road in a tough environment -- and they came out and made shots early -- it gives them a lot of confidence. There were guys tonight making shots that wouldn't ordinarily make those shots." -Jason Terry
"It was a tough game for us, a tough game for me. They really came out and they hit us first right out of the gate, and it was tough for us to kind of get some momentum back, because it's hard when you play behind 10, 15, 20 points." -Ian Mahimni
"They came out swinging. And we were reacting instead of acting." -Dirk Nowitzki
The fatigue factor -- the Mavs were on their third straight back-to-back ...
"We're a team that prides ourselves on getting stops defensively and making them pay on the offensive end, and that didn't happen tonight. Maybe when guys get their legs back, we'll start making shots at a higher percentage." -Jason Terry
"I like that we fought back and tried, but offensively nobody had legs. A bunch of shots were right there that could have gone. Jet, myself, everything seemed to come out." -Dirk Nowitzki
Interesting how he phrases this ...
"Yeah, definitely, you've seen it already. There's going to be some games that don't go our fans' way. There is going to be nights where it is just not going to go in, but it is what it is." -Shawn Marion
On the three-ball -- DAL 1-19, SAS 16-33 ...
"Their shot making was there and we struggled all night with ours. You got to give them credit. They throw in sixteen threes and that's shooting the heck out of it. Some of that is obviously we made some mistakes, but they put us in those positions so you give them credit." -Coach Rick Carlisle
A side-note on the compressed schedule ...
"We know this league is about money, so the more games they get, the more money they make. So it's really not about the product that much to them. But it is what it is. It is a lot of games, but I think every team has to deal with it now and we just have to get better." -Dirk Nowitzki
Speaking of Dirk -- Game 1001, 6 points on 3-11 shooting and 2 turnovers ...
"You didn't see the real Dirk tonight, that's for sure." -Coach Gregg Popovich
In short ...
"We got our butts kicked. That's all right, we'll take it like men and get ready for the next one. It's a tough loss, it's disappointing and I don't know if there is a lot of analysis beyond that." -Coach Rick Carlisle
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