After blowing a seven-point lead with just 1:13 left in the game and losing to the Hornets 93-92 on Wednesday, Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle reportedly called out his team for being "soft."
"Yeah," Carlisle said, according to ESPNDallas. "Soft."
Some of the Mavericks players responded and denied their coach's accusations.
"Who said that? I'm not soft, not me. I don't know where that comes from, but we ain't soft," guard Jason Terry said. "We have to see how he meant soft in that aspect, but I know he wasn't talking to me personally or any of my teammates because I don't think none of these guys are soft."
Center Tyson Chandler also responded, saying that he "wouldn't go that far."
Dallas was winning 70-60 after three quarters and led for most of the fourth. After Chandler missed two free throws with 17.7 seconds left, New Orleans' Jarrett Jack took advantage and drew a foul on a 3-point attempt.
After Jack made all three free throws to put the Hornets up 93-92, Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki missed the potential game-winning shot.