Mavs Donuts: Quotes, Green Lights & Spatulas
DONUT 1: Be honest ...
After six minutes -- Phoenix was on pace to score 114 -- you were nervous. Watching Lamar Odom continue to struggle -- he bricked all but one of his free-throws and finished 4-10 from the floor -- you were nervous. Watching Shawn shoot that corner three -- a rarity since he's been one of the good guys -- you were nervous.
Sheesh, considering the word that Dirk could maybe-perhaps be out longer than four games, you might still be nervous!
For now though we can all rest easy. Between Shawn punching out 29 and the centers (Ian in particular) going all Fang-Toothed Critter, the Dallas Mavericks get the win, 93-87. The 12X50 dream lives!
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DONUT 3: Get caught up ...
Get caught up with our in-depth coverage in First Impressions, where Rick helps Fish count the minutes and in Your All-Access Pass: All the Video, Notes, Photos, Quotes, Analysis and Insight from the win over the Suns.
DONUT 4: Shawn Marion -- leads all scorers with 29 points ...
"My teammates are looking for me. I've been able to do a lot of different things on the floor. This is about just helping my teammates." -Shawn Marion
"He's playing the best out of anybody on this team right now. He's been carrying us." -Jason Kidd
"He has a knack for putting that ball in the basket. His game is so unorthodox, but he's so fun to watch. He's definitely one of the most underrated players in the league." -Lamar Odom
"Shawn was great tonight. A lot of the plays he made were ones that were very timely -- late clock. The 3s that he hit in the third quarter were huge. Every night we're going to need somebody to step up big, and tonight he was the big star." -Coach Rick Carlisle
DONUT 5: Wait, you mean he made that three?
"I've shot the three my whole career; I just don't have to do it here. Here I don't have to do it because they need somebody who can score inside the paint. I had to D-up like I did if we wanted to win a championship, but I've always had the three-pointer to my game. When you stop doing it, it definitely feels a little weird though." -Shawn Marion
"He has the green light to shoot threes. The first year, we discouraged it and it was the wrong thing to do. A guy that has that kind of career and everything, you've got to let him play his game." -Coach Rick Carlisle
DONUT 6: Roddy B Freed, the continuing story ...
"I thought he showed toughness, he showed resolve, he continued to concentrate. He's more and more coming to the realization that his game is predicated on the defensive end first, and that's what's going to bring us success this year ... Nights like tonight where maybe the shots aren't going in and there's a couple of uncharacteristic offensive mistakes, he stayed into the game mentally and he was in a stance and he was a positive factor for us. -Coach Rick Carlisle
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DONUT 8: The endless quest for perfection ...
"The end result numbers look good, and to hold them under 90 looks good. But we still have areas to clean up. We're still making too many mistakes. We go through periods where our energy and our alertness aren't where they need to be, so that's my job to stay after our guys and make sure that we keep working to get things in the right direction." -Coach Rick Carlisle
DONUT 9: That had to hurt -- on the Flagrant-Two Roddy B took from Sebastian Telfair in the fourth quarter ...
"My first year it was new for me to play against big guys like this. Obviously, with the contact, that was tough. Now, with all the practices, I get used to it.'' -Rodrigue Beaubois
"He's gotten so much tougher. His first year, you would have needed a spatula to get him off the ground. Honestly, he fell in a heap every time he got touched. He took a lot of heat from his teammates, he took a lot of heat from the coaches, and he's raised his level of toughness quantum over that period of time ... Look, he's a smart guy. He understands that if you crumble every time you get hit, they're going to keep hitting you in this league, and it's going to be harder and harder to get back up. He gets hit now, he pops back up and boom, he's ready to go again, and it wasn't always that way." -Coach Rick Carlisle
"I just thought that if it's a foul in the NFL, then it probably should ... no, I'm not saying that, I'm not giving them my money. They called it and that's the way it is. That's the way it is, so we have to live by what they call." -Coach Alvin Gentry
DONUT 10: Potential unrealized might as well not exist, or the Lamar Odom Report ...
"Lamar got off to such a slow start-- in the first half that the lineup with Cardinal and Wright and Mahinmi has been a good lineup the last couple games, and their energy really got us back in the game and got us the lead. The second half, Lamar got off to a good start and, hey, he earned the right to go back in the game. And again it's the whole accountability thing. You play well, you put it on the coach to get you back in there. You don't play well, your ass is going to be sitting." -Coach Rick Carlisle
"I've learned in this league, you don't have to finish games the way you start them. That's the beautiful thing about basketball. Just try to stay focused and going after it, going after it, going after it until I can involve myself in the game. Just keep playing and not getting down." -Lamar Odom
DONUT 11: The Return of the Two-Headed Center ...
"The activity of our big guys was really good tonight. We get 27 points out of our two centers, and that's a huge lift." -Coach Rick Carlisle
DONUT 12: A note on the longevity of Steve Nash (he's an alien, you know) ...
"I'll say it now, if you would have told me Steve would have been playing eight years later I would have bet any amount of money you'd be wrong. But some guys do a great job of taking care of their bodies and taking advantage of the new technology that‘s come along ... The thing about Steve is his discipline. I knew he was disciplined, but I thought he would fall apart before it mattered. All the advice I got from everybody we had was that he was going to fall apart. He proved us wrong -- and more power to him. I give him a lot of credit. He proved me definitely wrong." -Mark Cuban
DONUT 13: The 'Dirk-Out Workout' with Nowitzki, and whaddaya mean he could be out longer!?
"We'll see what's what after four games and if (Dirk Nowitzki) is not ready after four games, then we may extend this thing.'' -Coach Rick Carlisle
"You just have to keep taking baby steps to get to where you want to be, and get his stiff ass healthy." -Shawn Marion