The Pelican Blog

Postgame report: From the Mavericks locker room

Mavericks Coach Rick Carlisle
On Dirk Nowitzki and the overall team effort to get the win
“Dirk (Nowitzki) got going in the second half. Late third/early fourth, he was huge. The bench gave us a lot of energy tonight. We needed great balance to win this game coming on the second night of a back-to-back. We had six guys in double-figures which was big and when it came down to it, we had to get a few stops at the end and we had a little good fortune that the last shot missed. I thought we played hard enough to deserve a win and a little bit of good luck at the end.”

On Vince Carter’s performance tonight
“Vince (Carter) played a great game. He gave us timely shot making. He gave us defensive rebounding. He was making plays and as we’re getting into this thing we just need everybody to kind of really understand what we need from them. We have talked to all the guys about that over the past couple of days to make sure everybody is clear on that. Tonight we showed some signs of coming together and this is the time to do it because we’ve got a tough road trip coming up.”

Mavericks guard Jose Calderon
On pulling off the close win over the Pelicans
“It feels good to get a huge win for us as a team, and we’re happy to get through this back-to-back like this. It was good, good enough.”

On overcoming his slow start
“They need me to be here ready to shoot the ball. It was weird to be 1-of-8. I know I was taking good looks. I just have to keep shooting, and I know the team is looking for that. I was confident and I have been shooting the ball really well and I got those two in the fourth quarter to help the team.”

Mavericks forward Shawn Marion
On pulling off the close win over the Pelicans
“It was a good game. They play really well here, and they’ve been playing really well overall. You know, some teams are going to give up but we had to show we could recover. We had some big stops when we needed them and we made some big shots, and that’s what it came down to. We needed this win. It was a good win for us. They’re playing very well and we have to give them credit.”