Dalembert earns Carlisle's praise

Coach Rick Carlisle had nothing but nice things to say about Samuel Dalembert after the Dallas Mavericks’ second preseason game.

Dalembert, whose conditioning was publicly challenged after his four-foul, four-turnover, 11-minute outing in Monday’s preseason-opening loss, performed like the interior presence Dallas desperately needs a couple of nights later.

The 6-foot-11, 250-pound Dalembert grabbed seven rebounds and blocked two shots in 20 minutes during the Mavs’ 95-90 road win over the Memphis Grizzlies. His 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting should be considered gravy.

"He did a terrific job,” Carlisle told reporters. “He carried the momentum of a really terrific practice yesterday and tonight.The biggest thing is that he was in position all night. His length is a major factor. He rebounded. He's getting more in tune with what we're doing. There are a lot of positives.”

Dalembert didn’t have to bang with Marc Gasol, the Grizzlies’ All-Star center who took the game off. Nevertheless, it’s encouraging that Dalembert seemed to respond to Carlisle’s button pushing.