Mike Fisher


(On tonight’s game…)
“Tough game. Very poor performance by us. It was disappointing. It was very physical and we just need to
have a stronger physical disposition to start the game and throughout. We’ve got to get some more traction
at both ends of the floor. The play where I was ejected — what I saw was that [Tim] Hardaway had the ball
and then timeout was called by the official. My understanding in that situation is that once the shooter has
the ball, timeout cannot be called by the opposing coach. I thought that the call was wrong, and so I was
asking about it and wasn’t getting a great explanation. Then it turned into a technical and another technical.
I’m just standing up for my team. That was my take on that situation.”
(On whether or not Marcus Morris Sr. purposely stepped on Luka Dončić’s ankle…)
“I saw it. I certainly hope that that was not the case. That’s all I’ll say about it.”
(On the first quarter…)
“We had good start in the first couple of minutes. We had a five or six-point lead and then they came at us
hard. They came at us physically. I think it was 16-15 and we still had the lead when we called the first timeout. Then they made a run and we did not have good answers. It was a tough go out there.”
(On if he’s seen a replay of Marcus Morris Sr. stepping on his ankle and whether or not he thinks it was intentional…)
“I’ve seen it, yeah of course. I have my own thoughts. I hope it wasn’t intentional. Tell me, what do you think?
I just hope it wasn’t intentional. Every person is going to have their own thoughts.”
(On if Marcus Morris Sr. offered an explanation after the incident…)
“I don’t want to talk to him. He’s just saying a lot of bad stuff to me in all the games. I don’t want to talk to
him. I’ve just got to move on. Like I said, everybody is going to have their own opinion. I just hope It wasn’t
intentional. If that was intentional, that was really bad.”
(On the yelling from the Clippers sideline and how the refs handled it...)
“You’re trying to get me fined huh? I don’t know man. We just have to focus on ourselves that’s all I can say. If
I say anything else, it’s not going to be pretty.”
(On if they have to flush this game or look back at this game and take lessons from it...)
“I mean I think you do a little bit of both. Most importantly, we battled this far [and]) we have another game
on Thursday. Coach said at the beginning of this series the first team to win two games in row is going to
win it. So we’ve got to try our best not let them win that second game in a row.”
(On if the tension between the benches change the dynamics...)
“I mean they’ve been doing a lot of chirping the whole series. So we’ve done a great job coming out on top
twice and prevailing twice. We’ve got to focus on doing the same thing on Thursday and bouncing back like
we have been doing this whole series.”
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(On if they can forget about this game quickly...)
“Yes, it is one of those games. We knew they were going to come out with a lot of energy, we tried to match
it early on. They shot at an extremely high level. We just have to give credit to those guys tonight and we
have to be better. We have to be better early on and we can’t play as much half-court basketball as they
want us to play. We are going to do that by getting stops and getting out in transition. I feel like that is when
we are at our best. We are going to evaluate tonight and go into game six like it is game seven, I am sure of
(On there being a lot of technical foul calls and if these teams are tired of seeing each other...)
“I think it is a little bit of both, but it was definitely more physical tonight. They emphasized physicality tonight early on. You could tell that it was their aim to come out and try to throw the first blow, and we didn’t
respond well tonight, it is as simple as that. We have to see what we can learn from this game and take it into
game six. A mentality of winning. We still believe we are in this series and we are going take it one game at a
(On if the confidence level is still high for the team...)
“Of course. We are a little discouraged right now but as far as winning the series, we still believe we can win
the series. Guys are a little down because that was embarrassing. To lose by 35, 40 points, that is embarrassing on any given night. As competitors, as pros, we know that that doesn’t feel good, especially with what is
on the line. There is still a chip on our shoulder and there is still a sense that we can win this series. So we are
going to try and learn from this and move on from it.”
(On how quickly the Mavericks will move on to the next game…)
“It’s the playoffs. We just talked about it—it’s one game. We’ve got to forget about it. We started off hot, and
then immediately broke down. Kind of like went on with offense and didn’t get stops at all [on defense]. So it
was not a good game. We’ve just got to forget about it and move on from here.”
(On the play of Paul George…)
“Yeah, he’s going to take his looks. He can make shots obviously. We’ve just got to do a better job as a team
to stop them and limit their shots. It’s not a one-man job. This is a team job. So we’ve got to do better there.”
(On if tonight’s game was more physical…)
“I wouldn’t say it was necessarily more physical. It’s just like—you’ve played for the fifth time [and] it kind of
builds up during those games, and then it’s what you saw today. I expect the next game is going to be as
physical. It’s been a physical series overall.