Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Final Score: New Orleans 105, Sacramento 96
Hornets Post Game Quotes
Head Coach Monty Williams
On the team having more patience tonight:
"Later in the game we were able to run some sets and get some pick and rolls, which is what most teams go to down the stretch. The other night against the Lakers, I thought when they went up by three we felt like we had to swing for the fences and tonight we were a bit more patient evidenced by 36 free throws. We were able to get some good spacing and attack the basket, but I thought Greivis (Vasquez) made good decisions. Chief (Aminu) made a really good cut to the basket when we needed a bucket and Jason (Smith) spaces the floor so well that its hard for the 4 or the power forward to help on defense. The floor was spread a little more tonight, but again our team played hard for most of the game. We were able to have a cushion so that if we did make a mistake we had a bit of a buffer."
On having to use two timeouts in the first:
"They jump on you. I felt like every time Marcus (Thornton) shot the ball it was going to go in, and Tyreke Evans is close to un-guardable. If the floor is open, its hard to keep him from going to the basket and I thought Chief did a really good job in the fourth quarter against him contesting his shots with a couple of deflections and he kept him out of the paint for the most part in the fourth quarter. Cousins had a tough night, and the last time we played them here, Isaiah (Thomas) had a really good game in the fourth quarter. I think he ended up with 17 points and that was hard for us to counteract. Our defense was solid for the most part, especially in the second and third quarters; we held them to 20 and 21 points."
Hornets Guard Marco Belinelli
On his shooting:
"Its my job to score the ball and play hard every time, guard the wing every time. Im very happy about that. Im happy that we played togetherHornets basketball.(The Kings) usually score a lot of points, but tonight they only scored 96 points. I think that we played really good defense."
On changing the tempo of the game:
"At the start of the game, (the Kings) scored a lot of points on offense. We just got everybody together and told them to get back on defense. We played good defense on (Jimmer) Fredette. Thats probably why we won the game."
Hornets Guard Xavier Henry
On his solid play tonight:
"I was just trying to be out there and be aggressive and help our team win. We knew they were going to run a lot so we had to put up points, too. I was just being aggressive."
On limiting turnovers as a team in the second half:
"(Monty) wanted us to play hard, make sure that we take care of the ball, and get good shots. I think we only had three turnovers in the second quarter, so that was pretty good on our part."
Kings Post Game Quotes
Head Coach Keith Smart
On the game:
"We played well early in the game. I thought we did a good job early in the game. This team, New Orleans is going to play hard all the time. They are going to make plays all the time. They just grind it out. We had so many easy plays that we could have made that we didnt make, easy shots that we could have made. Jason Smith did a great job. That guy changed the game with his activity and energy. He was a big question that if he played well, they would have a shot to win and that is what happened tonight."
On Cousins in foul trouble:
"One of those nights that (I) didnt play well. The energy wasnt there. I dont know if it was back to back or what it might be. Our team played well, maybe we ran out of gas. We got really slow after that. Now we had to play a dog fight game, possession by possession. We werent the same fast team as when we started this game."
Kings Guard Jimmer Fredette
On being a rookie:
"You just take the minutes that you can get and do the best you can to help your team win. Just be aggressive and do the best you can. Its been good. I just have to continue to get better. My role is to come off the bench, be aggressive, be a scorer, and get my teammates involved. On any given night, its different. Sometimes, Im scoring well, sometimes Im passing more when Im double teamed. You take what the defense gives you and do whats best to help your team win. We have a great locker room here and I enjoy playing with all these guys. Theyve been great helping me with my first year. Its been fun."
Kings Forward Jason Thompson
On the game:
"Usually, we outrebound the other team, but I think they beat us on the boards a little bit. Its that thing about not how you start, but how you finish. We have to start finishing games and quarters. It doesnt matter who you play, you should be ready. You can look at all the teams in this league, from the top teams to the bottom teams, and you can get beat on any given night. You have to bring 110%. It doesnt matter if it is a back-to-back or things like that. You have to always go out there and play to get a win. Since our team is so young, when things are going good they are going great. When things arent going well, we get exposed. We just have to get where we finish games strong."
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