Mavs Quoteboard: Locker-Room Talk Vs. Jazz
Last night the crashed-back-down-to-Earth Utah Jazz dropped by. The Mavs TV crew said it; when it comes to the Dallas Mavericks, it's Dirk's world and the rest of us just live here. Including Lamar Odom -- back from his myserious two-week sabbatical and (we hope) ready to fill his niche. Give Utah credit for keeping their feet on the gas; they got it to a one-posession game in crunch time. But when the UberMan drops 40 and only needs 21 shots to do it, the Mavs will win a lot. Mavs take it 102-96. The bleeding stops for now.
Get it out of the way -- Lamar Odom, 9 points on 3-5 shooting, 5 rebounds, 3 assists (more of that please) ...
"Tonight, he addressed the team before we went out. That address was, ‘Guys, I need you as much as you need me.' We all looked at him and gave him a big hug. He said sorry and said let's go. Then his play tonight spoke louder than those words.'" -Jason Terry
"He played well. It wasn't just that he made shots and stuff like that, he had real presence in the game. He had one or two blocked shots, he was a presence around the basket rebounding and deflecting the ball. He played the game with some real authority tonight that we haven't seen ... There had been improvement from the first 15 to the second 15 games, but the energy fluctuated. We can't have that. I've got to let everybody know what the expectation is, including Lamar. He was great tonight. I was thoroughly impressed." -Coach Rick Carlisle
"It was great for him just to be out there and be part of us and playing with energy and flow out there and letting it come to him. It was great to see him out there, that's all that matters. If you go out there and play hard, good things happen." -Shawn Marion
"We're happy to see LO back because we're a different team when he's playing. He was great tonight and he handles the whole situation very well. All we ask him to do is to play hard on both ends of the floor. We want him to have fun out there with the guys, and like I said, he was great tonight and we're happy to see him back." - Dirk Nowitzki
Wait, wasn't he supposed to go play a Legends game first?
"The way the situation happened, a couple of things played into why he's going to join us tonight. Number one, we're struggling. We could use the extra manpower. Number two, his workouts have been going well. And so, it seemed like it was best for him to join the team at this time." -Coach Rick Carlisle
Oh yeah, the big blond dude -- Dirk Nowitzki's first 40 point game of the season ...
"Nothing more I can do but foul him and send him to the line. He hit some tough shots." -Paul Milsap
"He made shot after shot. He hit a couple of shots there that you're like, ‘Yeah, he's starting to find his rhythm.' Big fella is feeling good. He's starting to get a little bounce in his step." -Jason Terry
"His shot-making was there from the very beginning of the game and the guys knew that. They kept getting him the ball and he delivered all night long. That stretch in the third, where he hit two or three threes in a row, was big because it got the crowd into it, got us into it and got the lead back into double digits. So, that was huge." -Coach Rick Carlisle
"He didn't miss. Like that one three-- he just didn't miss." -Al Jefferson
About Jason Terry, who fired a much more Jet-like 8-15 for 22 points ...
"Tonight was good. The ball went in and we got the win. It's no secret. If I put the ball in the hole, we're going to be in position to win a lot of games.'' -Jason Terry
The KIDDIRK Minute Watch -- both sat halfway through the third but had to come back in again when the Jazz made a run late ...
"I had hoped to be able to ride it out in the fourth and not go back with him and Jason Kidd, but it just didn't go that way. The good news is their minutes stayed low. The bad news is we had to put them back in." -Coach Rick Carlisle
The Monster In The Middle ...
"Brendan Haywood is something ... He always made me work. When you got him doing that it gets me thinking a lot. But I just got to go out and find ways to get my shots or find a way to get my guys open. If they are fronting me and doing a heckuva job on me, that means somebody else can take advantage of that. I still had good shots, but I missed them. I give credit to him. He did a good job." -Al Jefferson
Quick note about Brandan Wright, who took a concussion during the Hornets game and didn't dress ...
"He'll be evaluated day-to-day and when it resolves he'll be ready to play again." -Coach Rick Carlisle
About the fourth quarter -- Utah outscored Dallas 41-28 ...
"We were having a very efficient game in terms of not turning the ball over until the fourth. Their second unit got into our second unit and we coughed it up a few times and we missed some assignments." -Coach Rick Carlisle
"We still had a chance to win ... with all the bad stuff that happened tonight we still put ourselves in a position to win the game. Because that's all you can ask for, but we've just got to play the whole 48 minutes and not 30." -Al Jefferson
"Our bench did great, and we fought down to the end. And, again, they hit some tough shots down the stretch that put us away." -Paul Millsap
"We came at them and got aggressive and gave us a chance to get back in the ballgame. We made a couple of turnovers down the stretch, but the effort that we had in that fourth quarter is what we're going to need to get to more consistently, especially on the road, to have a chance to win road ballgames." -Coach Tyrone Corbin
That's a false dichotomy, but we see his point ...
"Sometimes we need everything in order in order to give ourselves 100 percent. You can ask anybody, ask any mechanic who might be going through a divorce, ask any lawyer who might have lost a loved one, I mean we all go through it, it's a part of life. You can either understand or you can judge. You pick." - Lamar Odom
"It's been a struggle, but at some point you've got to lay the truth out there ... [But] There is a fine line between compassion and gross insensitivity and a lot of people have taken the road of the insensitivity part of this and I have not. When I spoke [on the radio], it was about the period leading up to when he left. That's basketball and that is my department." -Coach Rick Carlisle
Can't argue with a confident man ...
"If we can defend and rebound, I think we're going to be OK. We still have a chance to win every single game." -Dirk Nowitzki