A war of words escalated to a brief war on the floor between the Thunder and Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki. After Game 1 on Saturday night, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle mentioned the physical play of opponents while defending Nowitzki. On Sunday, Thunder coach Scott Brooks said complaining about the officiating is something Carlisle frequently has done. "Just go back to your quotes in 2011. He said the same thing then," Brooks said of the Thunder's playoff series against Dallas last year. Early Monday afternoon, Carlisle insisted he is not posturing for more calls from game officials.
Kendrick Perkins and Dirk Nowitzki exchange 'pleasantries'
The Oklahoman | May 1