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Postgame Quotes | Raptors 109, Bulls 98 | 04.15.09

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Toronto Raptors 109, Bulls 98 | 04.15.09


Chicago Bulls
( 41 - 41 )


Vinny Del Negro
Del Negro
Quoting Bulls Head Coach Vinny Del Negro

“From the jump ball we had our work cut out tonight, they had better energy. We couldn't get any stops defensively. They moved the ball better. We couldn't get any stops defensively. We couldn't get any rhythm going offensively. We held the ball too much on the offensive end. It started from the first quarter on. We cut it down in the second quarter a little bit but we could never make a real steady run at them. They out hustled us on the glass. We got killed on the rebound game. We couldn't control Bosh, Marion killed us. I thought we were lackadaisical, no energy. A disappointing effort, which has been for while, very good.”

“I'm not real happy with the way they finished. But, a good job by the team to get in the sixth or seventh position depending on what happens in overtime (Philadelphia-Cleveland). I'm disappointed in the urgency we showed tonight. I think it's a hard lesson we learned no matter what happens in this game. Either team that we play, we're going to have to play well. Orlando has had a fantastic year and you have Boston who is the World Champs. Either way we're going to have to step our game up and play better than we did tonight for sure and play as well as we did all year against those two top teams.”

“Maybe because we had a big win in Detroit the other night, maybe everyone was just happy. But for whatever reason they (Toronto) was just quicker to the ball and faster. I didn't think anybody really played very well.”



Derrick Rose
Rose
Quoting Bulls Guard Derrick Rose

Are you disappointed about this game?
“Yes, it was disappointing. We came out with lackluster energy. It's definitely disappointing.”

Why did the team come out flat tonight?
“I don't know. It's kind of baffling. We just have to put that game behind us. We can't let that happen in the playoffs.”

Shawn Marion and Chris Bosh had big games, where was the breakdown?
“Those guys are just really good. We've had match-up problems the whole season. Today they just had their way.”

Who would you rather play in the playoffs?
“We want to be as high a seed as possible. Both teams are really good. It would be a slap in the face to say which team we would rather play. Both teams are really good. To beat any one of those teams we would have to play phenomenal. At this point we just have to come prepared to play.”



Ben Gordon
Gordon
Quoting Bulls Guard Ben Gordon

Are you disappointed about this game?
“Yes, it was disappointing. We came out with lackluster energy. It's definitely disappointing.”

Why did the team come out flat tonight?
“I don't know. It's kind of baffling. We just have to put that game behind us. We can't let that happen in the playoffs.”

Shawn Marion and Chris Bosh had big games, where was the breakdown?
“Those guys are just really good. We've had match-up problems the whole season. Today they just had their way.”

Who would you rather play in the playoffs?
“We want to be as high a seed as possible. Both teams are really good. It would be a slap in the face to say which team we would rather play. Both teams are really good. To beat any one of those teams we would have to play phenomenal. At this point we just have to come prepared to play.”



Toronto Raptors
( 33 - 49 )

Jay Triano
Triano
Quoting Raptors Head Coach Jay Triano

Does it feel good to end on a win?
“It feels great. I am happy for our guys. These are tough games to play. We played together. They knew this was the last time this team would be together as a team. They played very unselfishly and had a very good result.”

If the team came together earlier, shot at the playoffs?
“That is a tough call. You have to play 82 games. We went 9-3 which is good, during the season you are going through spells. It's all how you bounce back. I liked the way we played our last 12 games.”

On Chris Bosh and Jose Calderon:
“I like the way they chased the ball. They are playing well together. They are who they are because of the way they play.”

On the defensive activity:
“It was good tonight. It all depends on how active we are. We have to be up on screens, Derrick Rose is phenomenal coming off screens. We tried to show him not only the body of the guy guarding him, but we tried to show him the body of the help guy. It did mean that Brad Miller was going to hit some shots. When you look at this team, their top three scorers are perimeter guys. If Brad Miller is going to be a big scorer, and he can be, we will live with that. We want to make sure the guys on the wing get it going. We played our game plan pretty well to perfection.”



Shawn Marion
Marion
Quoting Raptors Forward Shawn Marion

On getting off to a great start and keeping the pedal down:
“We wanted to finish the season strong. We wanted to go out on a good note. We did what we had to do to get a win.”

On the season-ending stretch:
“It is frustrating. I wish we could have got it going earlier. I am not used to not playing in the post-season. You have to take the good with the bad.”

On the team's play against the Bulls who were playing against a higher seed:
“It was not about them, it was about us. We did what we needed to do to get a win. I could not even take my normal nap today because it was the last game. I'm not used to missing the playoffs but I guess I'll take a little vacation and go watch some playoff games.”