That was by far the worst defensive game Dallas has played all season. The defense allowed 125 points per 100 possessions, which is just unbelievably awful.
As for the obvious, no comment. This game put me in a horrible mood, and I don't think I'll read any of the recaps in the morning.
Rick Carlisle postgame:
Vince Carter tonight?
"He was real active defensively. He made shots. He had ten rebounds. Harris and Carter are going to play well in this system. It's geared around them, and it should be. They're really really good players. But they had a lot of guys step up and play tonight. I though that was the difference in the game."
It seemed like in the first quarter Devin Harris really set the tempo.
"He played well. He played well, no question. And Carter played well. As a team they had us on our heels from the beginning. When you're giving up 33, 31, 26, and 31 you're not going to beat anybody. Our defense as a whole needed to be a lot better."
If you didn't know better, would you think Devin was trying to prove a point tonight?
"Well, I've watched him play five games. Their last five games. He's playing the same way every night. Tonight the other thing you look at is the three point shooting. Carter hit four. Harris hit five. And other guys stepped up and hit one or two. They were 59% from three before they missed a couple of heaves at the end. You give up fourteen threes you're just not going to win. It's as simple as that. That's where the game was."
What did you sense from Jason Kidd before the game tonight?
"He comes out and battles every night. The same way that Harris does. I thought Kidd played great. I wish the game was closer so he could have played a few more minutes, but it doesn't make any sense to have him in there at the end."
Was the defense just a step slow, or what was the problem?
"It was a step slow. We were poor on coverages. We need to be a lot better, and we all own it. Players, coaches, all of us. We've got a day and a half to get the wheels back on the wagon, and we've got another important game on this trip. We're just going to have to regroup and get better."
When you put JET in to start the second half, was that just to try and spark things?
Yeah, he's been great off the bench, but just looking for a spark to start things off. He's been giving us consistent great play. He played great to start the second half. But again, our inability to establish anything defensively was our undoing.