After his team's shootaround in preparation for Game 2 on Monday, Carlisle responded to the suggestion we was posturing for more favorable officiating.
“Look, if there's been a memo issued saying that if you elbow a guy in the throat it's legal, I would appreciate that memo being passed along,” Carlisle told The Dallas Morning News. “I sincerely mean this: If one of our guys elbows Durant or (Russell) Westbrook or Reggie Jackson or Cole Aldrich in the neck, that's a foul. It just happened to be a play that was missed.
“When I was asked about that, I was asked my opinion and I made two statements of fact. It was not about posturing or positioning. They were two statements of fact. You're talking about a guy that's been very difficult to officiate because of his unusual skill set and he gets played very physically and we've seen it for four years. That's a fact. That's not an attempt to lobby the league. That's a fact of life that we've had to deal with and Dirk does a great job with it.
“But, hey, it's physical. We don't expect it not to be. And we're going to have to be a little more physical tonight. That's a part of the game we feel we can pick up a little bit.”
Roughly 90 minutes before Monday's tip, Brooks tried to lighten the mood when once again asked to respond to Carlisle's latest remarks.
“He was a good roommate. He didn't snore,” said Brooks, who was roommates with Carlisle while playing for the CBA Albany Patroons. “That's all it takes, trust me. Buy me a (beer) every now and then and not snore and you're a perfect roommate. That's why I love my wife.
“I have nothing against him. He didn't want to share his $7 per diem back then in the CBA. Yeah, there's nothing (adversary between us). He's a good coach, good guy.”