In the first preseason game, when the game has dragged past three hours thanks to 81 fouls, things don't work quite like the regular season. You don't cheer when Gal Mekel ties the game with a 3-pointer in the closing minute. You pump your fist when Jae Crowder fouls a Rockets 3-point shooter on a call that you'd otherwise be complaining about for days to come. You breathe a sigh of relief when the game mercifully ends.
Carlisle: "Whether or not that was the correct call, the accurate call, that was the right call at the end because it spared everyone five more minutes of basketball agony."
Carlisle: "It's a rookie official, Don Hudson. I'm impressed with him. I was more impressed after the last call."
Carlisle: "I don't think anyone played great." "You could never watch a basketball game before and come in here and know that that's a fact."
Monta Ellis: "We had our ups and downs, but everything I took away from it was positive."
Carlisle: "We've got to play without fouling. They had a lot of fouls too but we had too many. We've got to keep some of these guys, like Tyson, and Monta had a bunch of fouls, we've got to keep our best players on the floor, we've got to work to protect them. Our whole team has to do a better job playing with their feet and their body because that's how you avoid fouling."
Devin Harris: "We're working our way back into game shape -- players and officials."