Mavs Quoteboard Donuts From The Road
Posted Dec 7, 2012

'Sometimes,' said Rick Carlisle, preparing to staple together metaphors both all-his-own and tried-and-true, 'we make hard work out of sex. And it’s tough in this league when you do that, when you shoot yourself in the foot.' We cover the feet and the sex and the win in Phoenix with a original, Mavs Quoteboard!

You can catch the details on the Dallas Mavericks' 97-94 win at Phoenix on Thursday here on and here with fans like you on Boards. Oh, and don't forget to vote for 'The Dirkie,' too!

Additionally, a review of the game through the words of the involved. A original, Mavs Quoteboard!

DONUT 1: On the 'huge' win ...
“We played one of our strongest-willed games of the year. Difficult situation, coming off the back-to-back and a rough one (Wednesday at the Clippers), but everybody really played with a lot of heart and a lot of guts.” - Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle.

DONUT 2: On clutch free-throw shooting ...

“I live for those moments. I would’ve been mad if I missed ‘em. Believe me.” - Vince Carter, part of the Mavs making 10-of-10 from the line in the final six minutes.

DONUT 3: On the O.J. iso ...

"I just wanted to get the ball in an isolated situation.'' - O.J. Mayo on his clutch jumper with 35 seconds left. Oh, and he's a smart fella. Coming into the night he ranked second in the NBA at 1.16 points per possession on isolations, shooting 52.9 percent in those situations.

DONUT 4: Sittin' and talkin' ...

"We can sit and talk here all we want but we got a layup to tie the game – we have to get it in the basket. Same thing happened in Toronto, same thing happened in Philly. We had a chance in Memphis. Those are all situations where we are right there and we just have to find a way to get the ball in the basket.'' - Suns coach Alvin Gentry.

DONUT 5: Why start Elton and Dahntay? ...
"That’s something we talked about this morning in our meeting — being competitive and being physical.” - Carlisle.

DONUT 6: How's your health? ...

"Groins can be tricky. They can be lingering, or, with treatment, you can deal with it." -- Shawn Marion, who left the game with a groin problem (and who was later joined by Chris Kaman with an ankle problem).

DONUT 7: No b-2-b blues ...

"After playing a game last night we could have made a lot of excuses for ourselves as far as we had a tough game last night and we didn’t play well but we flushed it and we came today with a lot of energy.” - OJ Mayo.

DONUT 8: Follow Fish and the Mavs on Twitter ...

DONUT 9: B-Wright 'Be Ready' ...

"He's a good player, he responded tremendously well. We need him. We need everybody.'' - Carlisle on B-Wright, who shot 8-for-12 to score 16 points (with four rebounds, two steals and two blocks) after having played just 47 total minutes in the previous 10 games.
DONUT 10: Same ol' same ol' ...

“It’s tough. It is always the same story. We came up short.'' The Suns' Goran Dragic.

DONUT 11: Having a blast ...

“We got blasted by the Clippers, so we just wanted to come out and be more efficient and more effective and be better defensively and try to take care of the ball. Obviously it shouldn’t have come down to the wire, we were up 13 or 15 or something like that and we let them come back but it’s part of basketball and the ups and downs. But we got the win and we toughed it out.'' - Chris Kaman.

DONUT 12: The Final Word ...

“We’re going to keep working to eliminate mistakes. We still missed blockouts, we still turn it over. Sometimes we make hard work out of sex. And it’s tough in this league when you do that, when you shoot yourself in the foot. But we’ve got good guys, and they really stuck together, and it was big for us.” - Rick Carlisle.

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