Lakers Coach Phil Jackson
(Opening statement) "Again, as in Game 1, they finished better than we did. That was the difference in the ball game. They got to the foul line in the second half and we didn't. They made some threes in the fourth quarter and we didn't. They deserved to win and we didn't."
(You were animated during timeouts. What were you telling your guys?) "I thought we were spending too much energy instead of just playing the game and just playing through things.
(At one point you hit Pau in the chest. What did you say to him?) "He grabbed the ball in the half court and wasn't aware that he was holding it in the position we always ask him not to put it in and Terry took it from behind and went down and got a layup. I was just making sure he understood he needed to take care of the basketball in those sequences."
(Do you feel you can get a full, solid game from Pau the next game or is his confidence level shaky?) "Well he's been through enough playoffs games to know the deal that you can come back and play games. Tonight Andrew was the guy that again in the first half, the strength of our ball club. We wanted to take advantage of that, so Pau didn't have that many opportunities. And tonight, I'm sure he'd like to have a couple of them back at the end of the game."
(Your reaction to going down 3-0) "Well we're disappointed. We felt like Games 1 and 3 we controlled the pace of the game, but just couldn't finish the game. They were better finishing the games out than we were, so that's a big disappointment to us. But we still believe we're going to win the next game, and we'll go from them."
(On getting Ron back) "Yeah, we can use Ron. We hope he's back playing his game. One of the things tonight that hurt us was the rotation to the three point line covering that. It's tough for our bigger guys. Lamar had seven opportunities, and some of our other guys had opportunities, but they didn't get out to cover that line."
(What do you tell you team being down 3-0?) "We just said that we didn't finish the game well, that we're disappointed in our ability to cover the line. That we double-teamed Nowitzki ineffectively and irrationally a couple of times at the end of the game, which is something we don't want to do. He matched up with Gasol on him. If we come back and play the same game we're going to win another game. We played too well to lose, is what I said."
Lakers Center Andrew Bynum
(Can you comment on losing the lead in the 4th quarter?) – "[It's] tough man. We played hard and we just gave it away at the end. Up 7 with 8 minutes to go and let them hit two threes. Come down and we didn't do anything offensively. Then we had – they say 3 and out in baseball, we had about 5 and out. It's tough."
(What broke down?) – "Offense, we didn't get a basket there at the end in the last 3 minutes. The last 5 possessions were terrible."
(What changed, you were up 7 with 5 minutes to go?) – "It was 5, yeah, that's crazy. That's what I'm saying, offensively we had about 5 bad possessions straight."
(Did you guys do anything differently or did they make an adjustment?) – "We didn't get into our offense. Let's see, we started, we went out of context, again. I know PJ's [Jackson] probably going to say something about it, so we'll have to adjust it"
(You had a great game going individually; did they change their defense to keep you from getting the ball in the post?) – "We stopped going there, but it's not only one person that wins. It's the triangle [offense]; we're supposed to do it together and tonight we didn't at the end."
(You guys historically win these close games in the past few years – you've lost 2 in one series, why is that?) – "Coming down at the end of the game and just not being prepared and not running what we've got to. We lost the ball in game one, and we lost the ball down the stretch this game. And we had 5 offensive possessions where it resulted in fast breaks for them."
(You had some success defending Dirk in the first half; he kind of got going late, how do you stop him?) – "Well tonight I think the refs bailed him out on a call on the baseline, but he had a great game. I said to him that he was going to have to keep making shots over the top and he did. So, that's 32 points. He did what he was supposed to do."
Lakers Forward Lamar Odom
(What happened in the last 5 minutes tonight?) – "Same thing that happened when we were up 16 at home."
(Is it possible that in this day and time that they're better than you guys?) – "It's how we're playing; it's how the games are ending."
(So are they beating you or are you throwing them away?) – "I don't know. I mean a real man can admit defeat when you lose. Whatever we did, we did it wrong enough to wind up losing the game. We just can't find a way to pull one out."
(Since you've been in LA you haven't been in a sweep – how do you avoid one?) – "Just find a way to close out a game."
(Talk about you execution at the end of the game and how you guys are feeling…) - "Probably shocked a little bit. That last play, I think we were down 2, I didn't get where I wanted to get on the court. I ended up taking turnaround jumper and I felt confident but I left it short. Just our execution toward the end of the game, like reading who has the advantage, where to get them the ball. Sometimes it's just hard for me to understand how we find ourselves in a game like that and we don't know how to use each other's strengths. We've been through it so many times, but we're so stubborn with each other, and it caught up to us."
Mavs Head Coach Rick Carlisle
(how the team took over the fourth quarter) "It was a slugfest game, we were down eight, with six or eight minutes left, but we hung in there and kept battling. Dirk Nowitzki made it happen. Just about everything that happened down the stretch was a direct result of him either scoring the ball or making a play to get somebody a shot or make a pass for an assist for a three or a two or whatever it was. You got to give our crowd a lot of credit. It was every bit as loud as it was in Portland the other day, and that was a difference maker"
(On Peja Stojakovic) "The key to the game, aside from Dirk being the guy who facilitated everything on offense, was that Peja did a great job on Lamar Odom the last six or seven minutes. As great as Kobe Bryant is, and he is un-guardable, Odom is right there with him as one of the most difficult matchups in all of basketball, because of his versatility, his size, length, skill. We needed Peja's shooting out there, but the job he did defensively was equally important."
(on what this postseason means to Nowitzki and Terry) "It's not just those two guys, everybody is focused. We're all trying to do something that we have never done, so the focus, the determination, the discipline, and all those things, is crucial. Dirk is one of the all-time greats, there's no doubt about that, but we're going for the ring and that's the one thing he hasn't done in his career, and he's one step closer, but we have a long way to go, and getting one more game from Los Angeles is going to be a lot of hard work, and we're going to have to stay humble and stay hungry.
Mavs forward Dirk Nowitzki
(How confident is this team right now?) – "It's great we just didn't panic early when they (Lakers) were going inside all night. They were up there eight in the 4th quarter and we stuck with it. We said in the huddle that we keep fighting, keep plugging away and finally got some stops and got some shots to fall on the offensive end and that was big."
(How do you close of the series against the two-time defending champs?) – "We've got to keep attacking on the offensive end and keep them off balance on the defensive end by attacking at all angles. We've got to keep shooting the ball well and defensively just keep battling and keep winning the rebounding game."
(How do you keep the momentum going on Sunday?) – "We've just got to go for it. We're not good enough to coast or relax or anything. We've got to go for it on Sunday with the same hype from the crowd."
Mavericks forward Peja Stojakovic
"I just have to continue to be aggressive on the offensive end and I think that was the key tonight for all of us because they were doubling Dirk from the very beginning so we had to relieve the pressure. When we make a few shots that opens up everything for him (Dirk) and it helps him get to the basket and draw fouls and he knocked down most of his jump shots."
"They (Lakers) started with a big lineup tonight and we did a pretty good job against that lineup in the second half and that lineup gave us some problems on the boards but we stuck with it and stuck with the game plan. Defensive rebounding was a key for us and just sticking with the game plan on offense and being aggressive."
"When they established their low post presence with that long lineup early in the game they were getting everything in the paint which opens up the outside shooting and that's dangerous because they are very skilled in the paint, but in the 4th quarter we did a pretty good job defensively and making them shoot over us and take tough shots and it worked."