Quoteboard: Mavs 108, Pelicans 89
Locker-room talk from the Dallas Mavericks' 108-89 win over the Pelicans (and stick with us throughout the night and morning and we'll have Video Visits from the locker room, exclusive analysis from the AAC and scoops from inside Mavs HQ!) ...
Mavs coach Rick Carlisle
On Wayne Ellington -- "He kept himself ready. He hasn't played a lot this year, but when he has, he's played effectively. This past week was time to give him a shot, and he's responded well. What gets people's attention is when he makes shots, but he does it in other things as well, or better…just playing hard on defense, being in the right place, doing things hard, making simple hard plays. So he's given us a lift."
On improving from the first quarter - "The first quarter was kind of weird. Dirk came out and things were going slow and weird. But they (Pelicans) are a tough team to play. They always stick around in games even though they are really decimated with guys being out. They are really well-coached. You gotta play solid and you gotta play the right way. What got us into trouble was untimely casual plays that led to turnovers, and let guys get open threes, things like that. It is the stuff that has been our nemesis all year and we just have to keep working to correct it."
On scheduling - "The home games are obviously of great importance. Chicago coming in is going to be another hard, physical game. We're going to have to be ready for that. Tonight is the first time in a while we got beat on the boards. So that is not a good sign. So we'll have to make that correction before Friday because Chicago is one of the best rebounding teams in the league."
Pelicans coach Monty Williams
Overall - "Turnovers killed us. We looked at the stat sheet and we shot 50 percent from the field, 45 from three, got more free throw attempts, but just gave up 21 possessions for 30 points. You can't do that against any team. It's almost like the same story from the last game. We turned the ball over and they scored, and we let our spirit get down a lot and weren't able to dig out of the hole."
On recent turnovers - "We played against two really good teams. Guys were trying to make plays, but were trying to make plays that just weren't there. Eric (Gordon) had five turnovers and he's not a high turnover guy. If I had to make an assessment, I'd say it was guys trying to make plays that just weren't there tonight."
On the Mavs' roll - "We've done better over the last couple of weeks. But we've got a long way to go. It's all going to be coming fast and furious.''
On an early-game shoulder problem: "I think the shoulder popped a little bit. I've had it ever since Karl Malone hacked me in '99."