03/31/12 Post Game Quotes - Hornets vs. Lakers
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Final Score: New Orleans 85, Los Angeles 88
Hornets Post Game Quotes
Head Coach Monty Williams
"Our guys do what they do every night. Its no surprise that we fight and give ourselves a chance to win. They played with class and guys were out there hobbling and limping around and still playing. The thing that is disappointing to me is we have got some guys on our team that could give us more but they are sitting there watching. Thats the bottom line. Its hard to describe that in this day and age Ive got Jason Smith out there, knees hurting, hip, Lance [Thomas] with ice all over his body, Jarrett Jack has an ankle [sprain] and they just give it up every single night. Those eight guys just made me a proud coach tonight."
On how the team is going to maintain motivation for tomorrows game:
On Jarrett Jacks last shot:
Hornets Guard Jarrett Jack
On guarding Kobe on the Lakers last possession:
"I figured he hadnt shot the ball well all game so I figured he would try and get to the basket. He pulled up, I tried to contest the best I could, and he hit a tough shot."
On his shot on the Hornets last possession:
Hornets Forward Jason Smith
On the Hornets final possessions:
"We got some good looks at the end. Greivis had a good look from the three point line and Jack did a good job getting to the rim. Sometimes those shots just dont go your way. They didnt go our way today, but we just have to fight through and get ready for tomorrow."
On the loss:
On Kobe Bryants struggles from the field before his last shot:
Lakers Post Game Quotes
Head Coach Mike Brown
On today's game:
"Obviously it was a tough game for us. But, it was great to see us stay with it, no matter if we got down two or got down ten and to continue to try and execute down the stretch. To me, it was a great team performance in the sense that it was not an easy game, it was a game that we had to fight for for 48 minutes, and we found a way to get it done. You talk about 32 buckets and 28 assists on the 32 buckets, even though we didnt score and the percentage doesnt look like it, we had some great possessions offensively. Andrew, I thought, was huge for us. He got the double-double, most that in the second half. Kobe took some great shots. The shots he took normally go in. Its ironic, he takes 8 threes and the one three he makes gives us the lead. Its just his willpower and his ability to do great things throughout the course of the game, no matter how the flow of the game was or is. And then, Sessions with the double-double, finding guys out on the floor, making the game easier for a lot of guys. And then our bench with the energy that it brought in terms of Josh [McRoberts], Matt [Barnes] and Steve [Blake] knocking down the three threes. So, a lot of good performances from our guys. We just kind of found a way to win."
On the teams home record:
On teams performance today:
Lakers Center Andrew Bynum
On how the team got it together for the fourth quarter:
"I made a couple shots and Kobe hit the game winner. We just had to play some defense."
On whether Kobe was down on himself tonight:
On his play during the first quarter:
Lakers Guard Ramon Sessions
On playing hard against sub-.500 teams:
"Its just a matter of being consistent for 48 minutes. New Orleans came out as the undermanned team and we took them lightly. But, its like I tell [the Lakers] when I came in with Cleveland, this was our championship coming here playing in the Staples Center so teams are coming in playing hard and we just have to be consistent and play hard too."
On the Hornets' defensive strategy zone defense:
Lakers Guard Kobe Bryant
On his decision to take the 3-pointer at the end of the game:
"Im stubborn. Thats probably what it is. If I were to miss that shot, everybody would have killed me. It was a two-point game and we could have easily thrown the ball to Drew or Pau."
On his mentality to take that kind of shot despite struggling all game:
On his offensive performance today:
On how he managed to stay confident despite not shooting well: