Saturday, January 21, 2012
Final Score: New Orleans 81, Dallas 83
Hornets Post Game Quotes
Head Coach Monty Williams
On his thoughts on the finish:
I thought down the stretch we didnt execute well. A couple of times the ball just went somewhere or we fell down. Whatever the case may be, (it was) poor execution down the stretch. This is another game where we had our chances and we couldnt make free throws. We had open looks tonight and I dont know what our three point percentage was, but it was poor. Its one of those things where you have to keep plugging away. Thats all you have until this changes. Our defense is holding teams in the 80s, which is what we like to do. Now our guys have to go out there and have some fun and score the ball and trust the offense a bit. Even with that, we got good shots out of our offense, we just didnt make them.
On the inability to score the three hampering overall offensive performance:
Well, what it does, is when you miss that many threes you usually have a long rebound and they get out in transition. So, when we miss they are taking off and getting easy buckets and our defense isnt balanced. It does mess with your overall offense. There are times when you are not making that three point shot, you should take a dribble inside and try to find something else, especially when you are in the bonus. I think we got into the bonus nine minutes into the fourth quarter. That being said, we missed a bunch of free throws. You cant point it at one particular thing. You point the finger at us as a team. We have to get back in the gym and keep working on it.
Hornets Forward Trevor Ariza
On the chance to win the game:
Yeah, we had a chance. A play here and there, its pretty much the same story. We were right there and then a turnover happens and then a miss, rebound or something. Were just not closing games out the way we know we can. Thats the story of our season so far.
On the quick start for the Mavericks in the third quarter:
We came out lazy in the third quarter. They got out to a quick jump, then we had to fight back again and we did that. In the 4th quarter we have to figure out a way to execute our plays and get quality shots and not make the mistakes weve been making.
Hornets Guard Jarrett Jack
On the great effort but still coming up with the loss:
I just think they (Mavericks) hit timely baskets. And those baskets were the ones that they were able to extend the lead in the third quarter. We didnt shoot the ball particularly well, but neither did they, but they made it at times where they were able to extend leads. We had to claw our way back in the second half, and we expended so much energy that we came up short.
Mavericks Post Game Quotes
Head Coach Rick Carlisle
On playing without Dirk Nowitzki:
We had to get plenty of minutes from a lot of guys, we needed tough play from top to bottom, I think we played 10 guys tonight, we actually played 11 and all of them were a factor in the game.
On getting a win on the road in New Orleans:
This is a great win for us, this has been a very tough place for us to get a win, we hadnt won here since I got here and even a time before that. One of the reasons its hard to win here is because these guys compete hard, but Im proud of our team after the first two loses on this trip.
Mavericks Guard Jason Kidd
On playing without Dirk Nowitzki:
Weve gone through this last year when we lost him for nine games. We felt like we have a lot of talent here, and we feel like our depth is one of our keys. Everybody just has to step up.
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