Video Visits: Mavs Weekend At The AAC

Rick Carlisle's pregame visit on Friday evening featured triteness and cusswords ... and a touching moment. And then came the Mavs' 103-98 win over Portland which featured ... well, everything. We're in the AAC locker room with the Mavs to visit with Rick, Dirk, Vince and Devin as they turn the page from the Blazers to the Sunday visit from Indy:

When a coach is required to speak to the media sometimes as often as three times a day, some triteness is bound to slip in.

And some swear words, too.

Wednesday's Mavs-at-Denver loss was billed by coach Rick Carlisle as a "Super Bowl,'' right? And the Dallas Mavericks came into Friday's home game against the Blazers seeking an understanding that this is "a time of great urgency'' coming off of their first three-game losing streak of the season.

Carlisle's pregame visit on Friday evening featured triteness and cusswords ... and a touching moment.

Dallas on Friday gained an early 30-point lead, then trailed by six with four minutes left, then closed out a 103-98 win with some of the season's best basketball dramatics.

Dirk's Video Visit:

"Fight for each other, fight with each other," Nowitzki said. "You're going to lose some, but I like our chances if we're out there and we're playing together and we're fighting together."

Devin Harris was a featured guy in all that, serving as the finisher at point guard and scoring 12 points. Dallas took the lead back behind a Harris three-pointer, making it 90-89 Dallas with 7:14 left in the game. Late in the game came a three-point play the old-fashioned way on a clear-out for the quick-to-the-basket guard.

Said Dirk: "We actually ran a play (for Harris). It's called ‘Get Out Of The Way.'"

Devin's Video Visit:

"We didn't want to give up,'' Devin said. "We knew we still had a chance to win the game, and guys just kept fighting till the end."

The official NBA highlight reel ...

Vince Carter contributed a key offensive rebound off a late missed free throw to pitch in. And he pitched in by helping us in the media, too.

"You need a soundbite?'' Vince asked playfully.

Actually, we're good. This team fought to get ahead by 30 and they fought to win the game. Thirty-point leads? Teams don't lose those. Such a margin has occurred 80 times in the NBA this year, producing 8-0 winners. Dallas is still haunted by Dec. 6, 2002, when the Mavericks lost at the Lakers 105-103 after leading 66-36 early in the third quarter. And of course, what might get etched on the gravestone of this year's otherwise competent edition of the Mavs: The fact they've lost five games in which they held leads of 17 points or more.

And there ... we get our soundbite, as we let Carlisle wrap up the Blazers and glance forward to Sunday's 6:30 p.m. tip against the visiting Pacers.

'There's been a s---house full of em,' Carlisle acknowledged of those lost leads, before acknowledging that his young daughter was within press-conference earshot of yet another cuss. "Abby, you didn't hear that.''

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