Dallas Mavericks: Enes Kanter

Jazz's big men thump Mavs on boards

November, 1, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY -- No one needed to tell Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle that trying to beat the Utah Jazz on the glass would be a tough task.


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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."

Pregame Buzz: Mavs face talented Jazz quartet

October, 31, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY -- Forget ghosts and goblins. The Dallas Mavericks are facing something much scarier on Halloween night: Figuring out how to contain an opponent that makes a living around the basket, even while two of their best big men nurse injuries.

The Utah Jazz have a quartet of big men who are as talented as any in the NBA. Al Jefferson is a prolific low post scorer. Paul Millsap is a defensive nightmare. Derrick Favors is the future face of the franchise and Enes Kanter looks like a rising star after an impressive preseason.

"They're a wrecking crew in the paint as always,” Mavs coach Rick Carlise said. “Their stats point to an all-out brawl in there the entire game. They're extremely effective.”

The Mavs must find a way to gain an upper hand in that brawl without either Chris Kaman or Dirk Nowitizki in the lineup. That's where Elton Brand and Brandan Wright come into the picture. Both did a serviceable job in Dallas' 99-91 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night. Brand had eight points and 11 rebounds in 36 minutes. Wright scored 14 points and collected five boards and three blocked shots in 20 minutes.

A similar level of production is crucial if the Mavericks hope to also subdue the Jazz. Carlise feels confident Brand and Wright can make it happen

“They compliment each other well,” Carlise said. “There's enough length there to compete on the boards. We can get the ball in the basket if we move the ball.”

Wright admits going up against the likes of Jefferson and Millsap is a huge motivator. The Mavs want to prove they can thrive against all types of opponents during Nowitizki's absence.

“You tend to focus more when you play more dominant players,” Wright said. “It's just the nature of the beast. Our coaches do a good job of keeping us involved and keeping us focused on the task at hand."

For Dallas, it will come down to being tenacious on defense and being scrappy on the glass to keep Utah from having its way in the paint for four quarters. Accomplish that and the Mavs can start to feel good about how this team will look when Nowitzki and Kaman finally return to full health.



Dirk Nowitzki
21.7 2.7 0.9 32.9
ReboundsD. Nowitzki 6.2
AssistsM. Ellis 5.7
StealsM. Ellis 1.7
BlocksB. Wright 0.9