The questions kept coming about the lack of impact Lamar Odom has had on the Dallas Mavericks this season.

And coach Rick Carlisle defended Odom as he would defend one of his own kids.

"We'd love for Lamar to be the kind of high-impact player that he is supposedly advertised as being," Carlisle said. "But the truth is his career has been a career of just -- he's been a consistent player -- his stats have been very consistent.

"Anyone looking for spectacular things from him on a night-in, night-out basis, that's not who he is. He's a knowledgeable, terrific all-around player, he's a great rebounder, and a guy that has a special knack for putting the ball on the floor and making plays."