After the Mavericks lost to the Jazz 113-94 on Wednesday night, Carlisle came away feeling like it was an impossible mission.
Utah outrebounded Dallas 61-40 through four quarters. All of the Jazz's big men joined in on the fun. Paul Millsap had 15 rebounds to go along with 13 points. Al Jefferson had 14 boards and 12 points. Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter chipped in 10 and seven rebounds off the bench, respectively.
"This is probably the toughest team to deal with on the boards because they come with waves of energy out of their big men," Carlisle said. "We got off to a bad start. I mean Millsap had six offensive rebounds in the first five minutes and it didn't get better from there."
Individually, only Shawn Marion shined in the paint. He pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds for the Mavs. The rest of the team offered little resistance in letting the Jazz have their way down low.
It went a long way to give Utah plenty of extra looks and more chances to put some distance between it and the Mavericks. When it finally happened, Dallas could only look to its struggles cleaning up the glass as a major culprit.
"Everything that could have went wrong, went wrong," Marion said. "It happened and we couldn't bounce back from it."