Erick Dampier, via Jean-Jacques Taylor: “Parker got into the teeth of our defense and caused problems,” he said. “Every time he drives the lane, we have to put him on his back. The first foul has to tell him he;s in for a long night…My first foul Thursday night is going to put him on his back. I guarantee it.” Take that to mean whatever you’d like, but at least it means that somebody is taking this personally. I’m usually a fan of slightly more subtle approaches than blatantly saying you’re going to go after somebody, but if it gets Damp going I won’t complain.
Mike Fisher of DallasBasketball.com: “No offense to Antoine Wright, but there is increasingly no real full-time role for him in this series. He started the game at the 2-guard and was asked to guard Parker. … got his jock (and two fouls) handed to him and grabbed a seat. He was called upon again in the fourth quarter – the Mavs were down 20 but had first-line personnel on the floor in what was maybe an attempt by Carlisle to re-assert the notion that Dallas and San Antonio are actually evenly-matched clubs – and AW did lots of nothing again.”
It’s worth noting that Dirk jammed the thumb on his non-shooting hand pretty well. No word yet on if the team expects the soreness to linger or if it’s anything serious, but I’ll keep you posted.
David Moore of the Dallas Morning News: Terry has declared that if the Spurs insist on turning him and Nowitzki into decoys that the Mavericks can still be successful. He needs to rethink that stance after Game 2. Below average nights by Nowitzki and Terry to open the series didn’t doom the Mavericks because Josh Howard made the Spurs pay with 25 points and the bench came up big. Counting on Howard is one thing. But role players can’t be expected to step up night in and night out. That’s not their role.”
Elie Seckbach talks with J.J. Barea, Shawne Williams, Brandon Bass, James Singleton, and other Mavericks. Based on the fact that Williams and even DeSagana Diop are in some of the footage, it has to be a bit old. Still has some good stuff in there, though.
Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News: “‘This was pretty much a must-win for them,’ said Jason Terry, who had 16 points. ‘Give them credit. Now it’s the same way for us going home.’ Terry dismissed any notion that the Mavericks’ mental state might be dented with the lopsided loss. ‘Whether it’s by one or 30, it’s just one game,’ he said.”
Joey Whelan of SLAM Online wrote that “Ultimately this night wasn’t about what Dallas didn’t do, but what San Antonion did do.” I wouldn’t be too sure. I mean, defense was something that the Mavs definitely didn’t do, and though a few stops wouldn’t have turned a 21-point deficit to mush without some offensive help, the Mavs didn’t do plenty, and that means a lot.
Graydon Gordian of 48 Minutes of Hell: “I wasn’t sure I wanted Popovich to switch Bowen onto J.J. Barea. Yes, Barea played well in the first game. But Bowen did a good job ensuring Terry’s presence wasn’t felt. I was concerned the moment we moved Bowen onto Barea, Terry would make us pay. Pop did not share my hesitancy and confidently sicked Bowen on Barea. Popovich’s quick reaction time paid dividends: Barea scored 5 points on 2-8 shooting while Terry (16 points, 6-15 shooting) had a decent but by no means spectacular night. No longer scrutinized by Bowen’s relentless gaze, Terry was able to take almost twice as many shot attempts as game one. But the Spur’s defense had JET under control at all times. I wonder whether Pop plans on continuing to use Bowen against Barea or whether he was just using Bruce to cool the dimunitive Maverick’s hot little hand before he gained too much confidence.”
Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don’t Lie rightfully worries about the defense: “…Dallas? I don’t know if they can turn these defensive issues around. This isn’t to say Dallas still isn’t my favorite to beat San Antonio, or even the Nuggets/Hornets in the next round. This team is that good enough offensively to make it to the final two. But with that personnel, I just don’t see a whole lot of improvement. Sure, the Spurs can miss more shots as the series heads to Dallas, I fully expect that the team’s offensive efficiency can and will go down quite a bit, but there will always be a chance at a game like Game 2. It doesn’t help that the Spurs had perfect, unfettered vision from beginning to end.”