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Postgame report: From the Pelicans locker room

Pelicans Head Coach Monty Williams
On what fell apart after the half
“Obviously we didn’t play with the same kind of energy that we played with to get back in the game. It’s easy after a game when you are emotional to point fingers, but I’d much rather look at the film first. Right off the top of my head, we just didn’t have a lot of juice collectively from our starters tonight and certainly didn’t play with any kind of intensity that was comparable to what we did last night. That is just part of being a pro and understanding that when you have an emotional win like we did last night, there is a quick turnaround. You get back in the gym and you have a chance to win a couple games in a row if you just show up and (play) hard. We just didn’t start the game off – 38 points in the first quarter – that is just not something we have been used to around here with our defense. We have to address some things over the next couple of days.”

On Rudy Gay’s 41 points tonight
“I thought this was the one time he outworked us. The thing Al-Farouq (Aminu) has to realize is when he plays really well against a guy, especially a high level guy like Rudy, he is going to come back at you. If you go back to our game last year when Rudy was in Memphis, Al-Farouq did a really good job on him there. And the first game when he was in Sacramento, I think he was 2-for-12 and he had six turnovers. He just came in with a big time focus that he was going to prove a point I think. He did that, and some, tonight. That is not all on Al-Farouq, our team defense has to be a lot better. He hit some crazy shots and some of that stuff is just being a high level player.”

Pelicans forward Al-Farouq Aminu
On tonight’s loss
“It just wasn’t going our way tonight. The ball didn’t bounce our way tonight. We did have a good second quarter, but overall, for some reason we didn’t have it tonight. Back-to-backs are always hard, but there is no excuse. For whatever reason, we just couldn’t get into the game.”

On how to prevent future losses
“I think outside of this game, there haven’t been too many blowout games. But this is our first (blowout) game with this young group. We just have to keep on doing what we’re doing and keep on fighting. We’re going to be better.”

Pelicans guard Brian Roberts
On the reason for tonight’s loss
“We didn’t have energy from the start. They just kind of fed off of that and kept making shots. But that one is on us. We need to come out next time with a little more focus and better energy.”

On playing with multiple injuries
“It’s all we can do with this predicament. It’s not ideal, but it’s all we can do. We have to keep fighting and keep plugging away.”