INDIANAPOLIS -- A few minutes into Wednesday game against the Indianapolis Pacers, Samuel Dalembert responded with a thunderous dunk after driving through traffic.
A few minutes later, the clean up crew was wiping blood off the Bankers Life Fieldhouse court, thanks to it dripping steadily from Dalembert's nose after he received an errant elbow.
"They got me clean, man, they got me clean,'' Dalembert said after the Mavs' 92-85 win over the Pacers. "They got the Haitian clean.
"I got a taste of my own medicine.''
Dalembert, of Haitian descent, has been known to thrown an errant elbow or two. But although he was on the receiving end of a nasty elbow, he was still able to recover in time to score nine points, grab eight boards and block four shots in 19 minutes as the Mavs ran their preseason record to 2-2.
"This is what we need him to do,'' coach Rick Carlisle said of Dalembert. "We need him to run the
floor, be solid defensively, give us a length presence at the rim and be able to make simple plays around the basket.
"He did a really good job tonight.''
The Pacers played without 7-2, 290-pound center Roy Hibbert, who made the All-Star team two years ago. That gave Dalembert a slight edge in the middle, and he knows it.
"It’s a long season -- we’re going to get to see each other,'' Dalembert said. "Coming to the game I didn't know what was the scenario was if he was going to play or not, and I didn’t care, to tell the truth.
"But they didn’t give up. As you can see their team kept going after it and we've got to stay on our feet.’’
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