Quoteboard Donuts: 'Paging Dr. Kidd'

Sunday Morning Mavs Donuts as we Quoteboard around in the Mavs locker room to search for reasons for a loss at Cleveland. ... the third consecutive loss of its kind, if you pay attention to these second halves ... and maybe it all comes down to 'Paging Dr. Kidd'?

DONUT 1: All right, Dallas Mavericks fans, let's review. ...

Oklahoma City Thunder? Fine, OKC is the team to beat right now. Indiana Pacers? Well they've been pretty good this year. Cleveland Cavaliers? Seriously? Wreckage from "The Decision'' led by the coming Rookie of the Year, and that's all. Those? 21 turnovers for 19 Cavalier points? Those 17 offensive boards allowed? Those 26 extra shots? Ugh. Answers please.


DONUT 2: Third quarter, Cleveland 27, Dallas 13. What happened? ...

"I think we played the way we wanted to in the first half and we dictated the game. Going into the half, the momentum was kind of slowly changing and they came out in the second half and played their game. And before you know it, we were down and fighting back to get back in the game." -Delonte West

"It was just another bad third quarter. We talked about having bad efforts coming out of halftime and tonight was another perfect example of it. They really took it to us and really picked up their energy and had a great third quarter. It was a ballgame and then it could go either way down the stretch. That's really our fault for not having any energy in the third quarter ... I told Jet we should have been up 15 going into halftime. But all the second-chance points and all the tip-outs kind of kept them alive." -Dirk Nowitzki

"We've just got to be better. Right now, we're highly ranked in the first half of games offensively. In the second half, we're near the bottom of the rankings. Being able to sustain is a big thing. Defensively, we have a lot of good stretches. Right now, the consistency aspect of it is what we're trying to get to." -Coach Rick Carlisle

"The second half was big for us. We didn't start the game the right way. The second quarter was not good for us, but we knew that if we kept ourselves within eight, we could come back and give ourselves a chance to win the game." -Anderson Varejao

"We started to knock down our good looks. In the first quarter, I missed my first four shots. They were good looks, but they just weren't falling, like the rest of my teammates. In the second half we started getting stops and started to score the ball." -Kyrie Irving

DONUT 3: Thank heaven he's not in our conference -- about No. 1 draft pick Kyrie Irving's 20-point, seven-assist evening ...

"We put the ball in his hands and let him make decisions. He has a unique ability to get to the basket. When he gets there, he has a great way of finishing. Once he gets around guys, he is just a great little finisher and he can finish on the inside with either hand." -Coach Byron Scott

"It's hard to guard a guy like him because he can finish around the rim. They know they have to deal with him and he's smart enough to know when he can finish or make that extra pass and get his teammates an easy one. It's going to be really hard to guard a guy who does what he does." -Anderson Varejao

"He's a terrific young player and we didn't guard him very well. He's a very good penetrator and he made big plays. He was a great draft choice and he's going to be a foundation piece here for more than a decade." -Coach Rick Carlisle

"Big players make big plays. Irving made some big plays down the stretch." -Delonte West

DONUT 4: Twenty-one turnovers, gentlemen?

"They're an active team, they anticipated, but we've got to do a better job with decision-making. Generally speaking, we're a low turnover team, but on a night when we did something that was atypical, we paid the price for it." -Coach Rick Carlisle

DONUT 5: Regarding Brandan Wright, who backed up at center and pounded out 11 and 6 ...

"Brandan Wright has produced virtually every time we've put him in the game. He's doing a terrific job." -Coach Rick Carlisle

"When coach calls on me, I need to be ready to perform no matter what the situation is — first, second, third or fourth quarter." -Brandon Wright

DONUT 6: On getting a little love from the Cleveland fans since last summer ...

"I heard some things about it. Last year was great for us. We know people were pulling for us and that was one of the special things about it." - Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle

DONUT 7: On passing Elgin Baylor in total points scored ...

"I did? I didn't see that." -Dirk Nowitzki

DONUT 8: About Anderson Varejao, and his 17 rebounds ...

"He's an animal. We knew that coming in and he's just great. He's relentless. Not that he's that strong or has unbelievable hops. He's got a great nose for the ball and he just keeps coming. There are plays when you think two guys have it and he just gets in there, tips it and someone comes up with it. We didn't do a good enough job to try and keep him away from the glass." -Dirk Nowitzki

DONUT 9: Paging Dr. Kidd, paging Dr. Kidd (expected back for Wednesday in Denver) ...

"We miss Jason Kidd. This is why when I'm asked about him coming off the bench, it's a nonsensical question. And I'll remind you guys of that the next time any of you ask." -Coach Rick Carlisle

"We're still missing J-Kidd, our leader, and I think once he gets back that's gonna sort a lot of things out and we'll be alright. We're a veteran team and ain't nobody hanging their heads. Of course, we lost some games we wanted to win, but it's the NBA and any game is anybody's. Once you check ball, it's anybody's game." -Delonte West

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DONUT 11: Let's make the transition, for a moment, from hoops to the Super Bowl ...

Here's Gronk in high school ...

DONUT 12: No rest for the wicked, no peace for the just - on to Denver (well, after some rest ...

"Now, we've got to sit on this one. We have a day off tomorrow and we've got to sit on this one for three days ... I think we're going to enjoy this day off as much as we can, get away a little bit and start refreshed Monday and Tuesday and get some good work in, work on some of the stuff we need to work on and then travel to Denver. We know Denver is a great team, espeically at home. They run, they're great in transition, so we've got our hands full there on Wednesday.'' -Dirk Nowitzki


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