Dallas Official postgame quotes following the Jazz's 116-101 loss to the Mavericks on Friday.Jazz Forward Paul Millsap(You cut the lead down to 2 in the second half and then they went on thatrun...) - "Yeah, we cut the lead down to 2, and they got a steal and thenthey got out running and after a few plays they were back up by 8. And at atime like that we've got to tie out defense down and do better with it."(You've had some tough losses lately; what's you're read on where you guysare at?) - "We're still learn; we're still young. It's going to take alittle time for us to get better with our situational stuff, but we'llfigure it out."(You feel like it's the consistency for 48 minutes thing in some of thesegames?) - "Being consistent throughout the whole game, yeah, that's the keyfor us."(Do you feel like you guys were fighting an uphill battle the entire game,and that during their 22-5 run you guys kind of ran out of gas?) - "No, notat all, we just couldn't get stops. They shot overall 54% from the field,scored over 100 points - 116 points. I mean, our defense just wasn't there."Jazz Guard Raja Bell(You guys were hanging around most of the game until they went on that 22-5run in the 4th - did you guys run out of gas at that point?) - "I don't knowif we ran out of gas. I think we let our guard down a little bit. We mighthave thought we were back in the game for good and kind of relaxed. Andthey're a good team; they kept plugging away, and they really looked likethey turned up the intensity defensively there at the end of the third[quarter] going into the fourth, and caused us some problems offensively."(Talk about the defensive effort of the team tonight...) - "Yeah, I thinkthat we were spread out. We had some real problems with that pick-and-rolltonight. That kid's [Beaubois] really quick, and anytime you have himrunning on top of your rim all night you've got to collapse. And I thinkthey're a great ball moving team; so they found the open shooters and therewas nothing we could do."Mavs guard Rodrigue Beaubois(Why he plays so well against Utah) "I don't know. The Jazz are a great team, but my teammates pushed me, everybody was pitching in, so yeah, I've had some good games against the Jazz because of my teammates."
(On gaining confidence) "Like I said before, because of my summer, every day I planned to work on my game, get better every day, and so that's it"
(On stepping up with Jason Kidd out) "They told me that Jason Kidd was going to be out, so I just wanted to play the best basketball I could play and just wanted the team to win. Everybody did a great job, we knew Jason Kidd wasn't going to play and we know how important he is to us. Everybody stepped up and that was good."