What the Los Angeles Clippers saidand the
after the Game.
Coach Rick Carlisle
(On the game) "We struggled early, and we really didn’t get going until things got heated, and that’s not good. Our response from there forward was terryfic. Everyone who played off the bench made significant contributions. Dirk was great. I thought Stojakovic, who didn’t get in during the first half because of how well Brewer was playing, when his number was called he went in and hit two 3-pointers and a few other timely shots. He was terryfic. Stevenson came in there when Brewer needed a rest, played great defense and hit a big 3. A lot of the guys stepped up. Brandon Haywood was terryfic, Tyson Chandler, i thought, gave us what he could, Ian Mahinmi was active and made some good things happen when he was in. It was a good win."
(On Corey Brewer's play's impact minutewise, futuristically viewed) "It’s hard to argue against what he’s doing right now. He’s making a strong case for being active. This game tonight’s going to earn him some more minutes, and I think we’ve just got to keep looking at him. "
(On the putrid 1st Quarter and his adjustments) "The energy was better in the third quarter. We were more ticked off, obviously. With Jason Kidd not playing and with the assumption that we’re kind of locked into the 3 seed, we’ve had some spells of play that have been marginal at best. After all that stuff happened in the first half, the guys made a stand. It was good to see, because from that point on we played
(On Terry yelling at Barea during a timeout in the 2nd quarter resulting in a looooot of pineriding) "It is an internal matter. It’s gonna remain an internal matter. This is an emotional game, and it’s a very compelling game, because in our league guys don’t wear baseball hats and fans aren’t seated 30 yards from the field. Guys aren’t wearing helmets or facemasks. Emotions run high and things happen. I’m going to leave it at that. He’s an important guy to our team. I was considering giving him a night off going forward, but I think tonight will be his night off."
(On George Karl's comments about wanting to play the Mavs in the 1st Round) "To me, more than anything, this means George has completely beaten cancer and is back to his old self. It should be great motivation for us. If anything, you should be happy that somebody is saying flammable things about your team. That should be great bulletin-board material."
Corey Brewer aka 13 Points
(On the Win) "It’s really big for us. We’ve been going through a losing stretch, and it’s tough when you’re losing, but it was good to get a win tonight with the fans behind us."
(On Brewer’s night) "He was all over the place. If there was a tip, running back, hustling, a big block in the first half, flying in for offensive rebounds. He was just everywhere, and his energy was definitely contagious."
(On the Terryfic night) ""We haven't played well, lost some games, had some injuries, Kidd's resting, so it's all piling up a little bit. Maybe this was the game we needed to kind of get some stuff out and re-focus, play with each other and fight with each other. That’s what it’s going to take in the playoffs. You’ve got to leave it all on the court. All five guys need to be on a string and really fight, because if you look at the first-round matchup, it’s going to be tough whoever we see. We’re only going to win if we play hard and play together."
(On his sore back) "You know, I felt alright out there, surprisingly. I thought it would be a lot more sore. This afternoon I felt even better than I did this morning. The training staff padded it up pretty good, and luckily I didn’t get hit on it."
(On 13 Points) "He was incredible. I love to see that effort. He was everywhere, and that’s exactly what we need. Those are game-changing plays - stealing inbounds, making deflections, even little things that didn’t show up on the stat sheet. When we have guys playing like that, I think it’s really contagious."
(On the Clipper's frontcourt) "They are a talented team and those two guys are human highlights. If you don’t put a body on them early you better watch your neck, cuz they bang that ball."
(On what's up next) "It feels good to get in the win column. It was a good win. The Suns are out of the playoff picture right now, but it’s not really about them, it’s about us. We’ve got to go out here and do what we’ve gotta do to take care of business."
(On Jason Terry yelling in the huddle) "Nothing really happened. That's my boy, my favorite teammate since I got here. [It was a case of] Heat of the moment, nothing big."
(On their relationship) "We’re perfect. We’re great teammates over here. We’re all pros and we’re good friends and we like to be around each other. We’re just glad we got the win. We’ve got to start winning again and get ready for the playoffs."
this game and the win) "That's the most important thing to come out of this - we got a win."
(On the incident) "No comment"
Coach Vinny del Negro
(On the game) "First half I thought our energy was good, the second half we played into their hands a little bit. I know we were trying to play catch up at the end. I liked the way our guys battled to get us back in the game."
(On the Mavs) "We knew the Mavs were going to come out in the third quarter, and they jumped on us early. We didn't control the tempo of the game very well. I thought we took some quick shots, didn't make them work, then they got on a little bit of a run where they were getting layups after layups or easy shots."
(On what needs to be improved for the Clips) "The obvious thing is to take care of the ball better, slow down a little bit, not try to force things, not try make it all on one play, just trying to get a solid look, a good basketball play. For us, I think that’s the main thing. Besides Ownership, anyways..."
(On violence in athlete's postgame statements) "The third quarter killed us. The second quarter hurt us too."
Block of the Night
P.S: I can't get enough of Foxsports' Automatically Generated Transcript (may not be 100% accurate)
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MMB | Rottcap
However, the Mavericks couldn't stop the dunk show on the other end, and Blake Griffin put Brian Cardinal on a nice, big poster for trying to get in his way. Coach had some choice words for the referees afterwards and was subsequently given a technical foul.
Could it be they were a hommage to Fatboy Slim?
Clipsnation 1 good Quarter and a Jerk
You could attribute some of the quick start to the Mavs' sloppy play, Rodrigue Beaubois' in particular, but the Clippers just attacked, attacked and attacked.[...]
Speaking of Barea, what a jerk.[...] At this rate, I'm beginning to doubt the Clippers' chances of ever figuring out a way to lock him down. The guy's just ridiculous, but only against the Clips
, it seems.
Clipperblog Another Road Victory got away
No matter what the Clippers did, they always found a way to lose the game. And that’s the difference between the Clippers and the Mavericks, because it’s not talent.
Conspiracy or not, Denver's work is over. The Nuggets lost to Oklahoma City, beat Dallas, and lost again to Oklahoma City. Mission accomplished. Denver did what they could to help launch the Thunder into the #3 spot instead of Dallas (making life easier for the Nuggets in the process). Or, maybe it was all just a coincidence...
Will Denver admit to the strategy? I think people reading media quotes from George Karl this week sensed a wink. Let's say it this way. If they WEREN'T doing that on purpose, they're going to be in big trouble vs. OKC in a first round match up of #4 and #5 seeds!
Brewer’s incredible defensive effort. He’s endeared himself to his teammates rather quickly, in no small part due to the fact that Brewer is going hard at all times, looking at every element during a possession as a chance to make a play. Henry Abbott wrote the following concerning Brewer over a month ago, and I’ve had the sentence bouncing around my head during every minute that Brewer’s been on the floor over the last two games:”Once you clue in to the guy, it’s glaringly obvious that no one on the court is defending like him.”
Haywood bricked four of five from the line, is now shooting 36.1%. Celebration for our third-best Center, Beaches! [nsfw]
Btw, that is better than Jason Kidd's Fieldgoal Percentage (35.9%). I'm not sayin' , i'm just sayin'...
Chandler shanked four of seven attempts, falls to 73.9% for the year. How sad.
Chandler 15-7-2, Haywood 7-3-0. Mahinmi 4-0-0. Let me phrase it this way: The Mavs can't win, but are also unbeatable when their Centers combine for 20 Points, 20 Rebounds and 4 Blocks.
Mavs 43, Clips 39...way too high
PIP-Boys-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), +12, -18(L), -12(L), +2, 0(L), -2, +8, -2, -22, +6, -8(L), +12(L), -12(L), 0(L) in the last Games prior...and against the Clippers +16 . The Clippers, Ladies and Gentlemen.
Disclaimer: If you couldn't tell by now, all italic sentences are made up thoughts, not actual quotes. Also, race for the
fourth secondthird seed is almost over. We got it.
Finally....KneeMarc Recap (TM) Jonthefon v1.66
The Mavs (beat
/lost to) [ ]¹ tonight (thanks to/ despite) totol reliance onDirk’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 ². Especially useless was / /Brian Cardinal/ Ian Mahinmi³ and it is ( /GUESS WHAT) THEY’RE ALMOST NOT ALL USELESS!
¹ Inserted Opponent
² Only one of them, mind you.
³ Two at the minimum, up to all
six seven of them.