The Phoenix Suns used a 17-2 run from the 10:02 mark of the third quarter through the five-minute mark of the period to turn a six-point deficit into a nine-point advantage and that proved to be the difference as the Suns secured a 100-94 victory over the Mavericks. The two main issues for the Mavericks were turnovers and a rough second half on the defensive end of the floor. Dallas had 21 turnovers in the game with seven of them coming in the first quarter. They also shot 39.5 percent from the field in the second half and allowed Phoenix to shoot 50.0 percent in the second half.
An interesting tidbit was dropped by the human database that is Mark Followill, television play-by-play voice for the Mavericks. The projected roster for Dallas would be the youngest one for the team in the last four years at 28.3.
Again, I could possibly do an adequate job of recapping the game, but I’ll let the guys who coached and or played in the game handle the responsibilities of talking about it. They’re certainly going to be more interesting than me. There’s a lot of talk discussing the issues of defense and turnovers, so get ready. Here is your quoteboard for the game against the Phoenix Suns.
- On the defensive struggles:
“Our team defense was poor. When you factor the turnovers into that, early in the game, it’s a recipe for disaster. We have some things to clean up, and we have some time to do it. The first quarter score was a misleading score. The guys that were killing us got out of the game and we made a run with their second unit guys. We just have to get better.”
“It was a mixture of poor recognition and bad decision. We have to keep the game as simple as possible. We have to play with high-level force, and if we do that we will be a solid team. But it wasn’t where it needs to be tonight.”
- What needs to be fixed on defense?
“A lot of things right now. Last game we gave up 15 transition points in the first half and responded in the second half with a much better performance. But your good efforts can’t just be in response to getting knocked back on your heels. It’s not just the starters, though. Everyone has to play better.”
- The state of things right now:
“We’re obviously not where we want to be and we definitely don’t take moral victories here in Dallas…There’s a lot going on, man. Dirk’s not here, our bigs are trying to get acclimated and new guys coming in. You can see the flashes that we’re showing and everyone is happy with those, so we can work on that.”
- How to stop having so many turnovers:
“Stop doing it. We’re all professionals and it has a little bit to do with it being preseason and not taking games as seriously as a playoff game, but that’s all coming and getting closer to the season, locking and getting ready.”
- On the team struggling on both ends of the floor during scattered points of the game.
“As long as we can take baby steps. It’s going to be a journey. We’ve just got to buckle down and stay after it.”
- Where things are right now for the team.
“We have a lot of things to improve on. We’ve got the right guys to improve on it. We’re a work in progress right now, for sure.”
- The state of the offense and defense.
“Offensively, we’ve been scoring some points, but defensively we’re not where we need to be.”
- On how long it will take for everything to start clicking.
“You can’t make a timetable for something like that because every player is different. It takes time to adjust to very player. It’s a process and there’s no saying for how long it could take. It could take two days, twenty days, two months, I can’t say. Our job as professionals is to go out there and do the best we can do and try to gel together and make everything work.”
- The turnover issue.
“It’s a part of basketball, but the team that makes the less amount of mistakes ends out on top if they shoot the ball well enough. It’s something that’s going to happen, but we’ve got to control it a little bit better than we are. It starts with our point guards and all the way down to the centers. Each person has to take on themselves and do their jobs to control the game, control the ball when they have it and make good passes and sound plays. That will come with more time together and more chemistry. We’ll just see how it plays out.”
- The struggles on the defensive end of the floor
“We’ve just got to pay a little more attention on our coverages and what we need to do. I think, right now, we’re not clicking on the defensive end like we are on the offensive end. We’ve just got to get together. We’ve got a couple of weeks until the season starts.”
- The turnovers
“We’ve just got to slow down. I think we’re all wanting to do good and be successful, but we’ve got to slow down. See the play, make the play.”
- His own defensive prowess.
“I’ve just got to get better. You can point fingers at any individual, but any good team that gets after it on defense is five guys pulling on a string. I rate myself as good as my team is…It’s about five guys playing well together on the defensive end.”