Friday, January 13, 2012
Final Score: New Orleans 80, Minnesota 87

Hornets Post Game Quotes

Head Coach Monty Williams

On the last two minutes of the game:
I just thought that we just kept putting them on the free throw line. You can question calls all day, but that wasnt it. I just felt like we didnt trust our defense, and we were grabbing guys instead of moving our feet. Its one of those situations where it shouldnt have come down to that.

On the loss:
I thought the third quarter start was poor. Theres a number of things that I could point out right now, but I have to look at the film and see where we need to get better.

On what was helping Kevin Love tonight:
Our pick and roll defense wasnt great. We switched a lot to keep the guys in front of us, so our guards ended up on Kevin Love, and we didnt recognize it; but, it was the one thing that I thought our guards fought better than our bigs did tonight. And, thats not great.

Hornets Forward Jason Smith

On the third quarter:
We had that third quarter let down. I hate to say it but we have to get better coming out of halftime and third quarter, and learn how to put teams away. We play great defense in the first half, but in the second half we give games away. We kind of came out in the second half just blah.

On Kevin Love:
A guy like that you cannot give him any sort of bucket after bucket, he is going to get into his rhythm and he is going to get hot. He is capable of doing that night after night.

Hornets Guard Jarrett Jack

On the third quarter start:
They came out with an aggressive mentality and we didnt. They took control of the game and we didnt and we had to play catch up the rest of the game.

On playing catch up:
We have to learn how to play defense without fouling. We put them in the penalty in the very early stage in the fourth quarter, when you dig yourself a hole in this league, it is very very tough and very seldom do you get out.

Timberwolves Post Game Quotes

Head Coach Rick Adelman

On the win:
It was a good win. Neither team shot the ball very well. They made their run and tied it, but we made the plays down the stretch. We made our free throws. You win a game like this on the road, it gives us some confidence. Its a great win.

On the Hornets defense against Kevin Love in the first half:
I dont think they were doing that much. I just think he just started catching the ball, facing up and shooting it. I think he was thinking too much and trying to create more than he needed to. Once he made some shots he seemed to settle down.

Timberwolves Forward Kevin Love

On the lineup change to start the third quarter:
Our guys could have easily folded when they (Hornets) tied it, and we didnt. We got a basket and made our free throws down the stretch. That was huge. I think we had five turnovers in the second half, and that just kills us. I dont know how many points we gave up, but to come on the road and give up that many points, we did something right.

On if the Hornets did anything in particular to disrupt his game:
No, in the last three games Ive been having great shots. Ive missed a lot of money shots around the rim, and Ive missed a lot of wide-open jump shots, so Ive just made a concerted effort in the second half to get myself going on the offensive end. I wanted to get a full head of steam, and my teammates got me in great positions to score the ball. I just hit a lot of shots. I was happy to get to the free throw line a lot and kind of get in that rhythm that I talked about. Thats what really did it for us down the stretch and making big plays and free throws.

On scoring his teams first five points in the third quarter:
I just wanted to get myself going and play like Im capable of playing. We did a good job. We did exactly what we wanted to do when we came out in the second half. We felt like we could control the game.

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