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April 27, 2015 Updates

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle made pointed comments criticizing officials for letting the Houston Rockets get away with what he considered to be illegal physical play during Friday night's Game 3. "Look, referees miss calls, but there's just a lot of physical stuff going on out there that just doesn't look kosher to me," Carlisle said after a 130-128 loss that put the Mavs on the brink of elimination. "They're a more physical team, but this series has got to be played within the rules." ESPN.com

"We're scrambling like hell defensively and Devin Harris is going to get the ball, and Dwight Howard throws him into our bench," said Carlisle, adding that he had reviewed the play six times on film. "He takes the ball, skips it over the top and [Trevor] Ariza gets a wide-open 3. So instead of us getting the ball and a foul on Howard, it turns into essentially a five- [or] six-point swing. "That stuff's got to stop. The officials got to get that stuff under control, because there's too much physical stuff going on. Howard is throwing people all over the place, and that can't happen in Game 4." ESPN.com

After being informed of Carlisle's comments, Howard reacted by turning to teammate James Harden and mouthing, "Wow, really." Howard, who grabbed a career-playoff-high 26 rebounds in the game, then offered a politically correct response to the question. "It's a long series, and my job is to be dominant in the paint and just do my best," Howard said. "I don't think about it when I'm out there. I just go out there and play." ESPN.com

April 26, 2015 Updates

Smith wants the Mavs to man-up and tip their hats to what the Rockets have done to them in this series, which Houston leads 3-0. “At some point you got to stop making excuses,’’ Smith told Houston TV station KRIV. “The postseason is a very physical game. “We're just playing basketball that's all. Sometimes you have to say ‘touche’ instead of always coming up with a lot of excuses.’’ Fort Worth Star-Telegram

McHale said Howard felt good after playing 38 minutes in the Game 3 win on Friday night. “I’m just so happy Dwight feels good today,” McHale said. “I don’t know if he’s (not being honest with) me or not but he told me his leg felt really good this morning when I saw him in the hotel and I told him to shoot a few free throws and get off your feet and get ready for tomorrow. That’s the most we’ve played him since he’s come back and I think he played 38 minutes last night and I was hoping to keep him around 34 but he was just getting every rebound, it was hard to take him out of there.” Houston Chronicle

NBA commissioner Adam Silver told ESPN.com that he expects the league to have "full-throated conversations" this summer about potentially implementing rules to eliminate the Hack-a-Shaq strategy from the game. Silver acknowledged the strategy of intentionally fouling poor free throw shooters -- which originally started against retired superstar center Shaquille O'Neal -- is not enjoyable to watch. However, he expressed the need for caution when considering changing the rules of the game. "It's something that I'm on the fence about," Silver told ESPN.com minutes before tipoff of Friday night's Game 3 in the Dallas Mavericks-Houston Rockets series. ESPN.com

April 25, 2015 Updates

Dwight Howard just raised LeBron James one impressive full-court shot … plus a jaunty yellow backpack. (Howard’s form had a bit more side-arm to it, though, compared to King James’ football-esque throw.) For The Win

“We got to go out there and approach every game as an individual game and try to win,” Mavs center Tyson Chandler said after Friday night’s 130-128 loss to the Houston Rockets at the AAC. “We definitely got to try to win on our home floor. You never want to get swept. We got to come out and play hard.” Dallas Morning News

NBA Official: Dallas head coach Rick Carlisle has been fined $25,000 for public criticism of officiating following 130-128 loss last night to Houston. Twitter

When Dallas coach Rick Carlisle was asked about the 3-0 series deficit, he instead talked about officiating. “My hope is that in Game 4 – the one play that’s kind of an image stuck in my mind, and I just looked at it six times on the film, is the first play of the fourth quarter,” Carlisle said. “We’re scrambling like hell defensively, and Devin Harris is going to get the ball, and Dwight Howard throws him into our bench. He takes the ball, skips it over the top and Ariza gets a wide-open three. “So, instead of us getting the ball, and a foul on Howard, it turns into essentially a 5-6 point swing. That stuff’s got to stop. The officials [have] got to get that stuff under control, because there’s too much physical stuff going on. Howard is throwing people all over the place. And that can’t happen in Game 4.” Houston Chronicle

 

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