Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Final Score: New Orleans 100, Phoenix 95

Hornets Post Game Quotes

Head Coach Monty Williams
On some of the things he did not like about the game:
Im glad we got the win, but I get frustrated when I have to get on the core guys; David (West), Chris (Paul) and Emeka (Okafor). The way they played tonight, guys like that have the most pressure every night, so they should be rewarded with a win the way we should have won it. I get frustrated because we have these mental lapses against teams that are sharp right now, you cant have that. At the same time, I know its the NBA and you are playing against the best, but we have won games like this before and as ugly as it was Im glad we got the win but it is frustrating.

On how the Suns got back into the game in the end of the third, early fourth quarters:
We had some missed assignments. We were leaving shooters to rotate to non-shooters and then those guys are wide open and thats what they do, they knock down threes. They knocked down 14 threes tonight and they shot 34 threes, which means you are taking away their interior but mental lapses on the floor, we cant have it this time of year. And yet, we feel like we won against a team that is chasing us trying to get into the playoffs and I didnt like the execution down the stretch in the beginning of the fourth until about five to six minutes to go in the game, that execution, we cant have that. Its something that weve addressed and we are going to get better at it watching film and we have to get ready for the next game.

On a few days off to get ready for Boston on Saturday:
To me, its all about personal responsibility. At this point in the year, Ive been coaching all year long and at this point we are not coaching effort, we are coaching execution, but we shouldnt be coaching execution that we put in November and December. Execution that we have to coach now should be the new things that we are putting in or adjustments. That was a bit bothersome tonight, but I know our guys will learn from it because we have character guys in that locker room and they want it just as bad as I do so well grow from this.

Hornets Guard Chris Paul
On dominating inside the paint tonight:
We just wanted to try and force the issue. We just wanted to be aggressive in the lane as much as possible. Thats the way that guys get their shots going.

On the importance of the win tonight:
It was very important. This is a team that is right there in the playoff hunt with us. We needed to show ourselves that we can beat them because we play these guys again in about a week.

On losing a big lead:
We were up 19 and ended up winning by four of five or something like that. Weve got to do better. Weve done this a number of times, where we had a lead and let the team back in (the game). Great teams dont do that, especially at home.

Hornets Guard Willie Green
On the way the team closed out tonights game:
I thought that we played a good, solid game. We didnt close it out the way that we would have liked to. Thats what coach talked about after the game. We were all feeling it. We all felt a little disappointed in the way that we closed out the game. Weve just got to get better. Ive been saying that all season, that we have to get better. Weve just got to continue to push through. I think that this is a great team (that we beat). I think theyre a very good team. They have some great players. They made a little surge at the end of the game. Weve got to do a better job with trying to put teams away.

On giving up three point shots again tonight:
Our defense is predicated on protecting the paint, forcing teams to kick the ball out, and contest threes. If they are hitting three pointers, sometimes it can be tough for us. I think with dribble penetration sometimes, it hurts us. Were not stopping the ball screens and guys are getting open looks. The way that our defense is set up, were always going to protect the paint and make teams shoot contested threes. Tonight, they hit a few, and it hurt us.

Suns Post Game Quotes

Head Coach Alvin Gentry
On the game:
The second quarter is where we ran into problems. The first quarter I thought we played well. We made a couple of bad decisons at the end of the quarter, but I thought we played well. The second quarter, we go six minutes without scoring a field goal and score seventeen points, and when we do that were going to struggle. We just had too many turnovers, points off of turnovers. We gave up too many points in the paint, and when we do that were going to struggle. At the end of the day, they got 22 points off of our turnovers, and almost double our points in the paint. Were going to struggle.

On Steve Nash:
He tried, but hes not the same guy. I didnt expect him to be. Just to have him out there was good for us. Hes not going to be a hundred percent, and with him thats important that he has the zip. He just didnt have it after coming back from that injury. Hes trying like crazy, but obviously hes not the same guy playing at the same level with an injury like that.

On giving up points in the paint:
We have to do a better job. Were making some bad defensive decisons as far as our rotations and things like that. We cant leave the basket unprotected. From the second quarter on we did a bad job of that. Our rotations are such that you cant leave the basket unprotected, and we did that quite a bit.

Suns Center Marcin Gortat
On the loss and the playoff implications:
Every loss hurts and definitely every loss is going to make a difference for this run towards the playoffs. We were so close again and for the second time we started playing in the second half, and in the first half we didnt play smart. We made easy mistakes and we made too easy turnovers."

On the Suns smaller lineups:
Most of the game we played with one big. It was tough and they are a physical team.

Suns Forward Jared Dudley
On the late run and coming up short:
It was a tough one because we had opportunities to go. We didnt play smart throughout the whole game. Chris Paul was amazing in the first half. He dominated the game. We had bad turnovers and bad shot selections. We dug ourselves this hole, and with injuries being a part of the NBA, the last couple of games. Now we got back Steve (Nash) and we will get back Chan(ning Frye) in the next couple, but there are still 15 or 16 games left.

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