Monday's triple-overtime boxing match/marathon is just the latest chapter. In the end, the final hero-heaves from Jet and Dirk went awry and old friend Devin joined Big Al in doing damage. Final score 123-121. In a 36-hour period, the Mavs played 116 minutes of basketball and have no wins to show for it. Quoteboard:
The faces have changed, the name over the arena door is different, the crowd's a little thinner these days, but one thing is constant -- for the Dallas Mavericks, the home of the Jazz is a slaughterhouse. If it can go wrong in Utah or weird in Utah, it does. Last night's triple-overtime boxing match/marathon is just the latest chapter. In the end, the final hero-heaves from Jet and Dirk went awry and old friend Devin Harris nailed two from the stripe to seal it. Final score 123-121. In a 36 hour period, the Mavs have played 116 minutes of basketball -- and this is the last of a four-in-five! -- and all they've got to show for it is two losses and a slip to seventh. Lesser men would break.
Three overtimes; yay! more basketball ...
"It was a fun game to be a part of. We had our chances. If we get one rebound at the end of regulation, the game is over. Both teams left it all out there, competed at a high level -- big plays, big shots at both sides of the floor ... Being in two overtime games back-to-back, four in five nights, I still love how the guys kept coming and wanted to win. Just didn’t have enough left in the tank at the end." - Dirk Nowitzki
"We weren’t playing particularly well, but guys hung in. We looked dead in the water at the end of regulation, and at the end of the first overtime, and hung in and were able to put ourselves in a position to keep playing, and that was big. We had an opportunity at the end of the second overtime with the ball, and we turned it over and that play was on me." -Coach Rick Carlisle
"That's a lot of basketball. We battled until the end but couldn't pull it out." -Shawn Marion
Loving the backhanded compliments ...
"The good thing about the overtimes is we knew they were going to kind of run out of gas. They are an older team, they played yesterday, so we knew the shots were going to start falling a little short. I am surprised they lasted as long as they did." -Al Jefferson
Defending Champion Effect maybe? About the abundance of bad-guy miracle shots ...
"I definitely feel like we’ve had some misfortune in situations where in the past we’ve been the team to come out victorious. But we’ve got a lot of fight in us. And if this don’t get you ready for the playoffs, nothing will ... They hit tough shots all night long. That’s happen to us all season. It’s a broken record, but teams are hitting some shots that on a normal day I don’t think those go in." -Jason Terry
"It’s just beyond me the kind of shots that teams are hitting against us this year. We’re playing our asses off, but night after night we’ve just gotta hang in. We’ve just gotta hang in and keep guarding, but it’s tough to see." -Coach Rick Carlisle
On Shawn Marion's relatively limited playing time ...
"Coach's decision. Vince was playing well." -Coach Rick Carlisle
"It's okay. Hey, I'm here to support my teammates. It doesn't really matter. This team we have, sometimes you're going to get some, sometimes you're not." -Shawn Marion
Gentle Giant my foot -- regarding Al Jefferson, and his 28 points and 26 rebounds ...
"He was huge. They did a great job of not letting him them get the ball low. They were double-teaming him as soon as he got it. They had bodies on him all night to try to get him off the block. But he hung in there. He didn't force many shots. He made timely jump shots on the perimeter and he did a great job on the boards with 26 rebounds for us." -Coach Tyrone Corbin
"I thought Jefferson was phenomenal all night, making big shots everywhere." -Dirk Nowitzki
Ahem. Wet willies? Really, Delonte ...
"I went over the line ... I was giving him a wet willy. That's all. Seriously, we were like two warriors out there. We're out here battling on the battlefield. But I forgot the NBA is a gentlemen’s game. They want us to battle and scrap, but they want us to do it nicely ... Like I said, you get caught up in the game, in the motion, it's physical and you just get caught in the moment sometimes" -Delonte West
The Western Conference -- situation normal, all futzed up ...
“If you look at the West, who do you want to face? There are no easy matchups this year - or really every year. Who wants to see Memphis as a four-five seed? They're a big physical team, so there are a lot of dangerous teams out there ... To me the West is still wide open. I think OKC has been the most consistent team, but I think all the matchups are going to be fun to watch." -Dirk Nowitzki
Pushing for the playoffs, or the fight for the right to even more basketball ...
"That’s part of the game. It’s coming down to crunch time and teams are playing to win. Everybody wants to be in the playoffs, nobody wants to lose. This season is coming to a close and guys want to make a statement. We played two dangerous teams. We played a team that’s hungry to get to the playoffs and a team that’s trying to hold position. It’s anybody’s game out there." -Delonte West
"Right now we just got to win every game, no excuse. We just got to take one game at a time. No excuse. We want to be in the playoffs ... We just got to see where our heart is at, and I know everybody in the locker room wants to make the playoffs. So we are going to fight, and we are going to fight till the end. That’s all we can do." -Al Jefferson
"Just gotta shake it off. Houston is a big game. Back home and we need this win." -Jason Terry
"There's not enough time to bellyache." -Coach Rick Carlisle