||Mavericks Head Coach Rick Carlisle
(How do you explain you guys getting beat so badly on the boards and in the paint?)
"A lot of the damage on the boards came in the first half. We did a better job early in the third quarter and that's what got us the lead. The lineup that they had out there tonight had a lot of big guys that were crashing from all over. Our inability to secure rebounds early in the game kept us from climbing out of a hole in the first half. Clearly, that's what got us the lead. (Jason) Kidd got hot and made some shots. We were doing some good things in the second half. Then, the 22-2 run, that killed us. We had worked our butt off to get a five point lead, we were in good position, and actually increased the lead with Dirk (Nowitzki) on the bench. It's disappointing. "
(What were they doing against Dirk defensively that made it so difficult tonight?)
"Everybody plays Dirk hard and physically. We have to work on getting him some cleaner looks. He had some that he normally makes, that he didn't make tonight. In those cases, you have to make up for that with efficiency with the ball, being able to rebound, and not giving up second chance points. It was a tough game. I liked a lot of what we did out there. We played hard, but the rebounding, and then the run in the third and the fourth quarter just killed us. "
(On decision of not to play Lamar Odom?)
"It's something that I talked to Lamar about, both yesterday and today. That, I was going to look at a different rotation tonight. There were a couple scenarios. If (Manu) Ginobli had come off the bench, (Shawn) Marion would have come off the bench and match up with him. Marion is probably the defensive player of the year this year. He's been that great on guys individually. So, we wanted him on Ginobli. The way it happened with Ginobli starting, we started Shawn. It tweaked what the original plan was but we knew that was a possibility. It was something I wanted to look at. The thing that it shows is that Lamar's minutes are valuable to us."