What the Dallas Mavericks and the New York Knicks said
after the some N.Y.Media dreamt of a four game winstreak.
I could repost this all the time. (per DocFunk)
New York really improved after the Carmelo trade. Last time both teams met, Dallas outrebounded the Knicks by 20. This time, only by 10.
Coach Rick Carlisle
(On Marion back) "It was great news for us because this is a matchup nightmare with Carmelo. Anthony is a one of a kind scorer in the small forward position, he does it in so many different ways. He’s so dynamic, and you’ve got to have a similar type player to match up with him."
(On the Win) "The key to the whole thing was Marion being available to play. After last night, after he was thrown out of bounds, and he had a rib injury that’s been bothering him for weeks, we didn’t know if he was going to be able to go. The fact that he was meant that he could start the game with Carmelo. And then he gave us 22 points, which was big."
(On the Mavs) "I thought we played a good game. I thought we really attacked. This is a team that goes up and down. You have to attack for great opportunities and consequently get into some high-scoring games."
(On softcream) "I just see more and more teams that are taking physical liberties on our guys, and so much of this game to me is about disposition, both physically and mentally. We've been very good this year, but I always feel like we can be better and more consistent. That's really where it's at."
(On the Lakers next) "It’s the defending champs coming in your building, so it’s a big deal. To try and downplay it wouldn’t be being honest. It’s an important game."
"Ooohuuuuuiiiiii, i'm gonna rib' it in.."
(Pregame, on soft Horses) "We got to go out there and respond and I think at times we do play too tentative. I wouldn't say soft, but tentative."
(Was Carlisle wrong?) "It was an emotional response. It happens. We've all got a tendency, especially right after a loss, to have emotional responses. I might say some crazy shit as well, like not liking being ragdolled. It is what it is. You've got to respect it and move on. We all get heated and we all get caught up in the heat of the moment at times. That's what he told us at the time, and hey, it happens too often.''
(On soft pillows postgame) "A win is a great response, to anything. What more can you ask? No reason to dwell on it. We all get caught up in the heat of the moment at times. That's what he felt at the time. You've just got to learn from it and do it."
(On the Knicks) "They’re good at scoring a lot of points, so we had to do what we had to do to score a lot of points as well."
(On his game) "I'm just trying to do what I can to help this team the best way I can. It's in a variety of ways. That's all I can do."
(On his ribs) "It hurts, but it’s that time of the year, my teammates needed me and we sucked it up and got a win."
(Was that a personal foul from Carlisle yesterday?) "Honestly, I didn't take it too personal, because I don't consider myself being soft. So I never take those type of comments personal. I think a lot of times you say things in the heat of the battle or right after the battle. At that time it's kind of mean to say, but you could have used different words. Even though I felt like he was trying to get a certain point across, he didn't necessarily mean those words.''
(On what Coach meant yesterday) "I think we all understood what he meant. We understand that we’ve got to close out tough games. The last games that we’ve lost we’ve competed and the last three losses have been by one point. Those are all tough losses and when you have losses like that you’re gonna have frustration. It’s that time of the year when we have to focus on ourselves. We can’t focus on our opponent or who we’re facing that night. It has to be about us and it has to be able us as soon as we hit the floor."
(On Haywood) "I was very happy and excited for Haywood’s play. The big guys, I felt like we played a great role in tonight’s victory and that’s what I feel like it’s gonna take for us during the playoffs."
"Calm down, you can keep that rebound. No need for screaming. I just work here."
(You DO look soft, kinda) "I don't think anybody in this locker room questions our toughness. It's not about being tougher than everybody else. No one's fighting out there. This is the NBA. None of us are really fighting. It's all WWE. I'll do this to you, I'll do that, but no one's doing anything. So toughness to me is overrated."
"Weren't you a clutch Spurs Hero just a year ago? What happen'!?"
(Did Carlisle hit a soft spot for you?) "None whatsoever. We know what kind of team that we are."
(On soft tissues) "I keep saying it, but there's nothing soft about this team. I don't think there is anything soft about this team. You look at our record, you've gotta be a tough team to accomplish what we have to this point and to go where we're going. And I'll leave it at that."
(On the Win) "The last three games we lost have been by one point and it was tough to us, and we responded to the Knicks challenge."
(On Marion playing through pain) "That just shows you some of his toughness. He wasn't able to finish the game Wednesday, but for him to be able to heal up as quick as he did and come out there and have the performance he did on both ends of the floor, it was tremendous. But, he's that type of player. When you can't play, you don't think you can go and then still go out there and tough it out, it means a lot."
(On softball) "I've been in this league for 13 years. Sometimes the coach tries to spark the team up with some comments, but I've been around the block a little too long."
(On the Game) " You can't win them all so you have to come back the next day and compete and that's what we did Thursday. We had a good lead at the half. In the second half we didn’t run away with it, but we were still able to close it out, so that definitely was a good win."
(On Marion) "He was phenomenal. He gutted it out and really took the challenge on one of the best perimeter scorers we got in this game and he played him well. On the other end he finished around the basket, just played with a lot of energy. It was really fun to watch."
(On his ankle) "I'm all right."
(On the week) "This week has been full of tough challenges, and it doesn’t get any easier now. The Lakers just came off a loss in Miami, so you know they’re gonna be ready to play. Yeah, it should be another fun test."
(On leaving New York
never easy) "You could tell I wasn't going to play. I had been there a week. I didn't play one game, then was inactive for two games, so I kind of felt it was best to go somewhere else and have a chance to play. I would've loved to have a chance. I felt great coming to New York."
(On fatigue) "It's one of those things, and we were just tired at the start. Amare was huge in the second half. There was no quit in him. He played. But they just beat us."
(On the Knicks) "I thought we were really tired to start the game. We came out flat and it got away from us."
(On his 16th tech) "I feel confident they can rescind it. We laughed about it later and the official agreed with us it wasn't that bad. It was not even a shove. I got tangled up and kind of pulled out. That was it."
(On the Knicks) "We started off shooting slow. But again, we can’t really make any excuses. This is a team we pretty much look forward to. We owe them, they played well against us in the Garden, so it’s kind of a game that we want to show up, but we couldn’t quite get it done. You know, they shot the ball extremely well, so it was tough for us."
(On scoring 36 with his injury scare) "Just the will to win, man."
Turiaf: "Good God, CARMELO! Never go full re..."
(On Amar'e's tech) "I don't think that technical was called for. Hopefully the NBA will give that back to him."
(On fatigue) "I think the travel caught up with us, to be honest with you. We're still confident, still on a high. Some nights you just can't find it."
(On Trade-judging from certain owners) "I'm pretty sure Cuban's happy that I'm out of the West. I'm pretty sure if I had come here that he would have gotten the better end of the deal. So that's cool."
Dirk Pregame TNT Interview
Hoopdata Boxscore (putrid midrange night, Dirk)
MMB Balanced Scoring
Much was made of Rick Carlisle's "soft" comment after the game against New Orleans. Carlisle mentioned after the Knicks game that the media made it a bigger deal than it actually was. Either way, the Mavericks showed a lot of aggression on both sides of the floor. The Knicks made a run in the second half to cut Dallas' 26-point lead down to 11, but the Mavericks showed mental toughness in holding on to the lead and making sure nothing was left to chance.
Poasting and Toasting Oh god...
Toney Douglas looks like he had a solid night on paper with 18 points and 8 assists on good shooting but it was one of the more ineffectual performances of his season. His offense wasn't forcing the defense to hone in on him as much as you'd expect. On defense, he couldn't keep up with Rodrigue Beaubois who was just button mashing his speed burst all game.
Corey Brewer either dunks all of the time or time is just a concept.
Brian Cardinal is like the Simon Pegg of the NBA.
Sorry, I know this sucks.
2MG Diff. (l8er)
Knickerblogger Gamethread | Blown away-cap
Haywood bricked One of 3 from the line. Celebration for our third-best Center, Beaches! [nsfw]
Beaubois had 2 Freethrows! WOW! Tyson bricked 2 of 5. BOO!
Chandler 9-8-3, Haywood 12-8-2, Mahinmi 0-0-0. The Blocks are there, the Points, too, but the Boards....
-24,-14,-12(L),-16, +4, +0, -12, -4, -6, -4, -2, -14, -18(L), +6 , +6, +20, -10, +6, -12, +12, +2, - 28(L), - 10, +2(L) in the last Games prior...and against the Knicks, +12. Tired Legs, y'all!
Disclaimer: If you couldn't tell by now, all italic sentences are made up thoughts, not actual quotes. Also, polluted Lakes.
Finally....KneeJerk Recap (TM) Jonthefon v1.52
The Mavs (beat
/lost to) [the New York Knicks]¹ tonight (thanks to/ despite) Dirk’s Awesomeness. The (cloud in the silver lining/ major culprit) once more as usualwas the lack of support from his team-mates, with the exception of Tyson Chandler /Jason Kidd². Especially useless was Jason Terry /Brian Cardinal/ Jose Barea/Shawn Marion/ Brendan Haywood / Rodrigue Beaubois/Ian Mahinmi³ and it is (GUESS WHAT) THEY’RE ALMOST NOT ALLUSELESS!
¹ Inserted Opponent
² Only one of them, mind you.Make your FTs, Tyson.
³ Two at the minimum, up to all
six seven of them.