What the Dallas Mavericks had to say about 108-89 win over the Pelicans (2/26/14)

Mavericks Head Coach Rick Carlisle
On the difference between play in the first quarter and the rest of the game

“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 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.”

Mavericks guard Monta Ellis
On if the Mavericks are starting to gel

“I think we are coming along at the right time. I think everybody is tuned in and accepting their role of what they need to do to help us win. The biggest thing is that everyone is playing together.”

On how important this next game is with the tough upcoming schedule in March

“We just have to take it one game at a time. We have Chicago [Bulls] on Friday, we need to come in and practice and prepare for that and get ready to play well.”

Mavericks forward Sean Marion
On if the Mavericks are starting to gel at the right time

“I think we are stringing together multiple stops and sharing the ball a lot more. If we continue doing that we will continue to get better. We are not over the hump just yet but we are showing signs of how good we can possible be.”

On if the Mavericks will have to adjust their game against the Chicago Bulls Friday

“It’s going to be a grind. For some reason it is always a grind against them, that is just the way they play. They fight to the end. We know what we have to do and what kind of game it is going to be so we have to get our minds and bodies ready for it.”