Dallas Mavericks

Carlisle predicted the Blazers would force overtime


PORTLAND, Ore. – That amazing comeback the Portland Trail Blazers had Wednesday night in Los Angeles against the Clippers came as no surprise to Rick Carlisle.

Showing his clairvoyant skills, the Dallas Mavericks coach predicted it.

"There was nothing about that (comeback by the Blazers) that was surprising to me,’’ Carlisle said after Thursday’s shootaround at the Moda Center. "When they were down eight with two minutes to go we were sitting at a table at Buffalo Wild Wings and I predicted to the other three guys at the table it was going into overtime, and it did.

"I just felt that they were going to make a run. I thought overtime certainly would have been a long shot, but I was not surprised at all. They’re one of the most explosive and dynamic teams in that situation.’’

The Clippers were ahead 85-75 with less than three minutes remaining in Wednesday’s game. But the Blazers sent it into overtime on a 3-pointer by Nicolas Batum 3-pointer with 26 seconds left.

Portland went on to win the game, 98-93.

"They’re one of the best comeback teams in the league with their 3-point attack and their ability to play small,’’ Carlisle said of the Blazers. "And they’ve gotten better defensively.’’

The Mavs (40-22) will discover first-hand how much better the Blazers (39-12) when the two teams play each at 9:30 tonight at the Moda Center.