Mavs Quoteboard: The End Of The 50-Win Era
We knew it would probably happen, but now it's official. The Dallas Mavericks still have a shot at 12x61% -- by my arithmetic that'd work out to 41 wins -- but the streak of fifty win seasons ends at 11. Oklahoma City jumped all over the Mavs after halftime, erasing a seven-point lead. Some long-range heroics in the fourth got the Mavs back on top and then ... well the Thunder scored the last eight points and took it 95-91. It's the end of an era.
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Part of that last eight, Mahimni contests Ibaka's shot THAT WAS A CLEAN BLOCK YOU BLIND [bleep]--
"You know, I didn't think I fouled him. I went straight up and I think I got a good swipe at the ball. No contact on the body, so I think it was a block for me ... It was heat of the moment, they called a foul. I didn't want to go up to the referee and him thinking I'm trying to use bad words and stuff, so it's unfortunate for us." -Ian Mahimni
"I'm in disbelief that there was a foul called on Mahinmi. I just watched the play five times. I mean, it's a block. I mean, it's an enormous play, and then Nowitzki gets hit on the arm at the other end. I'm at a loss." -Coach Rick Carlisle
"He didn't foul him. That was a bad call. Clean block." -Jason Kidd
And check the box -- OKC 33 FTs, DAL 10, [bleepbleepbleeeep] and cue the fines? ...
"They go to the line 33 times and we go 10, but that's the way it is on the road. We still had chances to win the game." - Dirk Nowitzki
"33 to 10? 33 free throws to 10, can I explain that? They get to the free throw line a lot, but I don't want to be accusatory to the officials. But, I thought our guys were aggressive enough to deserve a few more chances." -Coach Rick Carlisle
"It's been like that all year. We don't get the benefit of the whistle. I don't think we're looked upon as defending champions. That's a whole 'nother story. Dirk, he should live at the line, if they would call it the way it's supposed to. But he doesn't." -Jason Kidd
Sean Williams's call-up to sub for Brandan Wright...
"It was 2 o'clock in the morning [Sunday]. Luckily, I picked it up. [The Legends] had three days off, so I told everybody I was going to Houston. Luckily, they gave me a heads-up." -Sean Williams
About the last Dallas posession -- some weird fumbling, Terry jump shot, missed, [bleep] ...
"Very odd play. Kidd broke wide open under the basket, but Jet didn't see him because Perkins was there. It was just an unusual play, but it never should have come to that. We should have won the game. The last exchange of plays is just, you know--" -Coach Rick Carlisle
"We were trying to get Jet and Dirk involved in a two-man game. I was trying to get Westbrook out of the play, they switched, and then I saw Jet coming towards me and I just tried to figure if I was in bounds or out of bounds." -Jason Kidd
"I came off and I drew two defenders and looked to pass it back to Dirk, wasn't there. Thought I had a lane, but it closed up pretty quickly. Thought I had a good look at it. Couldn't ask for anything better than that. I've been begging for the ball at the end of the game. They finally gave it to me and I didn't take advantage of my opportunity. But I'll do it if they give me another one, I can guarantee you that.'' -Jason Terry
Though to be fair Jet was being guarded by Kendrick Perkins -- 8 inches taller and almost a hundred pounds heavier ...
"Those two switches in stopping Terry from getting to the basket. We had trouble with him. He's a right-handed player and Perk forced him left and then switched up and went to his strong hand, and still made him miss that shot. That's huge for a center guarding one of the best guys off the bench." -Coach Scott Brooks
[bleep], Brendan Haywood, day-to-day with sprained ankle ...
"Perkins was kind of riding me a little bit and I think I landed on his foot. It's a little sore, it's a little swollen, but it's nothing like, ‘Oh, my God, it's the end of the world, I might have to miss three weeks,' or anything like that. I might miss a game or two, I might not. It's hard to say right now." -Brendan Haywood
Progress update -- Delonte West has swapped his club-cast for a smaller one and is traveling with the team again ...
"I'm downsizing." -Delonte West
"He's really important, and he's a really good vibe guy for us, too. So we've been hoping to get him back out traveling with us, and now's a good time." -Coach Rick Carlisle
Give the good guys credit -- Durant went 6-18 and Westbrook shot 6-20 ...
"I think actually tonight we got a taste of how to play when the game slows down. I think they probably played zone the whole game tonight. We actually were forced to make extra pass after extra pass, so I think it was good for us mentally. We fought through it, we didn't play our best game offensively, but we just grinding and just kept covering for each other. We did things to get the win." -Kendrick Perkins
On the other hand -- about struggling to come through in the [bleep]ing clinch ...
"We haven't really been sharp on our execution at the end of ballgames and that's hurt us. Not a big concern because I know the type of team we are, and we thrive in those situations. We've just gotta keep grinding it out. Eventually it will swing our way and we'll pull these games out, but it's been a thorn in our side all season." -Jason Terry
"You hold them to 38 percent shooting on the floor, that's a game you've got to have. It's tough. We won the championship last year because we were the best team executing down the stretch -- getting stops, on the offensive end getting what we want, not turning the ball over. And this year, thus far, we just don't have it. It almost felt like-- last year, down the stretch of a close game, we were pulling it out somehow. And this year, it's just not happening. We're losing all the close games for whatever reason." -Dirk Nowitzki
"We've got to clean up our end-of-game situations." -Jason Kidd
Last jewelry pick-up -- the Knicks are in town tonight and Tyson's finally gonna get his shiny thing ...
"I'm happy for Tyson, I think that's his day, what he meant to us in the championship season was unbelievable, so that's going to be a special moment for him and our fans." -Dirk Nowitzki
"It's been a moment I've been waiting for really since we won." -Tyson Chandler
In short, [bleep] it ...
"There's no excuse. We didn't make the plays and I'm very disappointed at the way the whole thing went with the other stuff." -Coach Rick Carlisle
"When you put yourself in a situation like this to win the game, you're supposed to win this [bleep]. That's all I really got to say." -Shawn Marion
h/t's to DallasBasketball.com staff, ESPN, DMNews and Fox Sports Southwest
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