DALLAS -- From the player's perspective, assistant coach Monte Mathis acquitted himself well Saturday night while coaching for Rick Carlisle, who missed the Dallas Mavericks' 106-93 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks with an illness.
"He did a good job,'' forward Shawn Marion said of Mathis. "I was highly impressed with some of the actual plays he drew up during timeouts.
"He was doing some good (stuff). I'm like, 'Where the hell have these plays been?' ''
This was the first time Carlisle has missed an entire game since Dec. 27, 2010, when he he skipped a 103-93 victory at Oklahoma City while recovering form arthroscopic kee surgery.
By all accounts, though, Mathis was on point against the Bucks.
"He's intensed, I thought he was oging to oull his hair out,'' forward Vince Carter said of Mathis. "I definitely know he wnated to win.
"He was focused from the beginning. I know it's the same game plan and approach as usual. It's just a different voice out there, so it's a little different.''
Back during a Nov. 23 game in Denver, Mathis took over for Carlisle when Carlisle got ejected with 5:14 remaining in the second period and the Nuggets ahead 49-33. While the Mavs made up some ground under Mathis, they still wound up losing that game, 102-100.
-- Dwain Price
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