On the fouling of Dwight Howard and not taking him out of the game:
"You think about it all the time but we are not going any place without him getting over that. He is going to get over it, we have faith in him. He'll do it, but he is not going to do it if I keep taking him out."
On Pau Gasol's play:
"Much better, he is getting his legs."
On the non-call on the last play:
"Was I surprised? I was happy, I don't know if I was surprised. I didn't really see it so there you go."
On the absence of Meta World Peace:
"We will miss him but Jodie (Meeks) gave us good minutes and Antawn (Jamison) gave us good minutes. If we can keep those guys going. We have enough guys and it is just one less guy we can count on. Earl (Clark) is going to have to step his game up a little bit. We are going to count on him a little bit more."
"They rebounded the ball well and got some 2nd chance points there especially at the end. Overall, we had better energy tonight and we won the game."
On his returning from his injury:
"I felt like I am getting in better rhythm, better shape. That is my goal. I hope to get a little better every game and feel a little better out there and be more effective. Tonight I improved in comparison to the past few games so I am happy with it."
On the end of the game:
"They decided to foul Dwight (Howard) and he missed some free throws and they got going. They were making some jump shots, got offensive rebounds, put backs. They got themselves back in the game. They got momentum and made it really close."
On the last play:
"I didn't see the replay. It was a tough call any ways. I guess he thought he got fouled but if you get hit in the hand, even if you get hit in the hand, supposedly it is not a foul. The hand is part of the ball so he was complaining about that....I get hit in the hand a lot of times."
"Our energy was a lot better. We played inside out pretty well tonight. We just had a good win. I thought our defense was pretty good tonight."
On his defense tonight:
"I was just trying to be as active I could. Last game, I was a step slow so I just decided tonight to come out and bring as much energy as I could. It just happened that we got the win."
On Gasol's play:
"When you have injuries, you try to get back in to the rhythm it is never easy. I was just happy to see him play better, I was happy to see us all play better. It is just real sad about Meta having to sit out the rest of the season. That is a big loss."
On the last play:
"On the last play, what did I see? I had my eyes closed."
On being fouled at the end:
"It is just a strategy. I think it slows down the other team's rhythm. When it happened, that had a good flow out there. If I make them or miss them, I am going to try to do my best to erase the mistake on defense and just be active, block shots, and rebound and make them pay for fouling me."
"I am just glad because we won. They obviously disrupted the rhythm of the game a little bit at the end and kind of chipped back into the game."
On Pau's play:
"He is just getting his legs back in game rhythm. It takes a little bit of time but tonight he looked good. He looked like he had his rhythm on his jump shot and his post moves looked good. He is coming along."
On the last shot:
"That's not a foul. They are not calling that...I don't think I got him. That is a tough call to make. I just put my hand there it is not like I went out and smacked him across the arm or anything like that. It is what it is."
What if they would have called a foul:
"We would have went to overtime and won the game. It is as simple as that."
On what they miss Meta World Peace:
"Tenacity, tenacity, he is a ferocious player. He is extremely physical. He gives us that emotional boost when we are out there. There are a lot of games we are lacking energy and a certain physicality. He provides that for us. He really changes the momentum of the game."
"We had a chance to get back in it but just couldn't get over the hump."
On if he thought it looked like Ricky got fouled on the last play:
"What do you think? I mean come on. First of all the guy should of never gone and tried to block the shot and he did. What are you going to say?"
On if he thought they were in good position when they got Howard in foul trouble early:
"Yeah but they just put Gasol there. They've got two guys that are All-Stars and they aren't very deep right now with their injuries but with Nash, Gasol, Howard and Bryant, it's a pretty good base to build off of and they have veterans that are very good players to in Jamison and Blake. They are still a formable team. We had that one stretch, I don't even remember what quarter it was but we had really good looks and we couldn't make a shot in like eight or nine shots in a row. They were good shots but we just couldn't knock them down. Have to give them credit they kept battling and they got back in it. We have to keep playing that way. We have to get better every game."
On Chase struggling with his outside shot but making up for it by cutting to the basket:
"I thought he played really good. I played him half the game on a back-to-back; he had nine rebounds. I thought his effort was terrific. He is going to make those shots. We had eight guys in double figures; there was a lot of positives about that game. We have to carry it over now into the Oklahoma City game and we just got to keep at it. We want to try and get better. We want to try and see where we are. We lost a tough game but we have to respond on Friday."
On Andrei making Kobe work in the first half but Kobe making lots of shots in the third quarter:
"He made a lot of shots. He rose up and made jump shots; that's what he does. He ended up with 31 points. But I thought Andrei made him work but you know he is going to bust through eventually. "
On Dante's game:
"Made some big shots. We were doing a nice job of executing. Pek was rolling; they had to go after Pek, which left Dante open and he knocked down shots. A lot of guys contributed in this game.
On the last play:
That's kind of tough, we had a chance, we gave our self a chance. Ricky had a great look, it just didn't go our way."
On if it was different near the end:
"We kept fighting, putting Dwight Howard on the line helped us. We made some shots and Dante gave us a great lift, made some shots in the 4th quarter and we kept it close."
On if they had a chance after keeping it close early:
"No question, in the 1st half we had a lot of chances, we were having a lot of open shots we just weren't knocking them and we only finished down four. Had we knocked down some shots early in the 1st half it would've been better."
On if this one was one of the tougher losses:
"Yeah, we were fighting all the way through, it was a back-to-back, we feel in our legs but we're fighting and we're not going to quit. I don't care if we're fighting for playoff or not. We want to win as many games as possible and sometimes it's tough. We're not going to quit and we didn't today. It's hard, hard when it happens that way. We just got to get through that and keep playing hard."
On if the team doesn't get respect:
"We have to earn it, we have to earn our respect. I don't understand how things go sometimes. It's just one, in basketball, play hard, we did and do our things and sometimes it's not fair because we give 100% and sometime we can't control things but we have to improve things we can control."
"It was good to see us fight to the end and we never gave up. It showed a little urgency in us in the last three minutes. We did get lucky with the missed free throws by Dwight Howard but it shows the resilience that this team has and we were never going to give in til the end of the game.
On if he sensed LA getting nervous:
"It kind of looked like they were playing not to lose and we just kept on fighting and attacking them, just chipping away. Ricky got a good look, we all think that he got fouled on the last play but sometimes that happens."
On him getting to the basket more now:
"Yeah, I 'm feeling more confident in attacking the rim and getting to the basket and landing on my knee and not really thinking about it too much. It's a good feeling and each game it's getting better and hopefully I keep progressing and hopefully get that athleticism back, that's the next part, the next phase."