Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Final Score: New Orleans 78, Los Angeles 87

Hornets Post Game Quotes

Head Coach Monty Williams
On his team's defensive strategy coming into tonight:
Well, we held them to 87 points. If you told us the Lakers were going to score 87 points against your defense, would you take that? If you asked me that question, I would say yes. My issue is the points that they got off of our turnovers. Then the easy baskets they got in transition. Its hard to play when youre turning the ball over like that..

On his team having the series 1-1 going home:
I think its different because were playing against a team that has so much experience in these situations, and we dont and I dont. And so, we have to play a certain way. We cant say oh, we split in LA, now lets go home. We have to have the mentality that we have to win every game that we can.

On crediting his teams turnovers to the Lakers defense:
It was certainly their defense. I thought they were more physical tonight, they played passing lanes, they tried to take some of our options away. We threw the ball away as most teams tend to do where theres a lot of pressure. But I thought there was a focus tonight [for the Lakers] to get after the ball.

Hornets Guard Chris Paul
On the Lakers defense tonight as opposed to Game One:
They tried to shrink the court on me. They didnt want me to wiggle and dance with the ball that much. It worked for them to a certain extent.

On if the Lakers putting bigger guys on him defensively affected his game:
No. Its whatever.

On if the Hornets let the game slip away, considering Kobe and Pau only combined for 19 points:
They had a balanced attack tonight. [Lamar Odom] showed why he was Sixth Man of the Year. We know we didnt play up to our potential, starting with me. There were four free throws I missed, and us as a team, with the turnovers; we fought, but we know we could have played a better game.

Hornets Forward Trevor Ariza
On what was different in tonights game:
They just beat us, really. I dont think there was anything that was different, they just played a little tougher. We missed 12 free throws, we turned the ball over a lot, so we didnt help ourselves out really. Other than that they just beat us.

On Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryants low scoring night:
No, we dont take it as anything. They have a good team, so when those two players arent scoring, they have other players that can score. We just have to do a better job of matching their intensity, matching their bench players, and trying to rebound.

Hornets Center Aaron Gray
On what area of play they will address going into Game 3:
I think there were a lot of little things tonight, I think we did a lot of things that we didnt do well. We just need to find a way to maximize our opportunities like we did in game 1. Obviously coming home to New Orleans, expecting a lot of energy from our crowd and that will definitely help us.

Hornets Guard Jarrett Jack
On what was different about tonights game:
They definitely were more aggressive, from the start to the finish. We didnt do a good job of taking care of the ball, which translated into a lot of easy transition opportunities for them.

On tonights loss:
I know my guys give every bit of effort they have, but in the Playoffs youve got to find something else. You might be tired, everybodys tired at this point in time, but youve got to find something deep down within and youve got to keep playing.

On splitting the series 1-1:
No, Im not satisfied when we lose. Its never easy coming to L.A. You know, were happy but not satisfied. We didnt play up to our capabilities tonight and weve got to go back Friday and take care of home court.

Lakers Post Game Quotes

Head Coach Phil Jackson
On tonights win:
Aggressive game, physical game. Still had trouble scoring against their defense. Our defense was better tonight. We still made some inordinate type plays that gave them life, and kept them in the ball game that Id like to see us eliminate.

On the Hornets keying in defensively on his stars, and if he thinks they can counter that:
Yeah, the philosophy is take their two scorers out of the mix and make other people beat us. So basically the offense tonight was Drew, Ron, Lamar, had games that were effective in scoring for us. Theres never been a defense or style that Ive seen really stop Kobe. Tonight he was very focused on getting the team running on offense, so he didnt really get into that mode. With that being said, well work with what weve got and see what we have to do to counter it.

On his teams defense tonight:
That was the defense that we played late in the season when we had our little run, and thats basically what we have to do to win a game like this where its really tough sliding in there scoring.

On Andrew Bynums performance and aggressiveness tonight:
We know that hes the one that really plays well against this team because of his size. He really carries things pretty well, so were really confident in him having a good gamewe think he can play at a higher level even than this.

Lakers Guard Kobe Bryant
On the importance of Andrew Bynums performance tonight:
It was very important. He also got a lot of shots [up]. He did a good job

On his teams performance tonight as a whole:
Its just; I want to make sure the guys gain confidence in being aggressive. Its not about the amount of shots you takewe win games on the defensive end.

On guarding Chris Paul:
Fish [Derek Fisher] and I talked about it. Fish is better at chasing off the screens and Im better on the ball. We already compliment each other that way, so just Ill take Chris [Paul], hell [Derek Fisher] will chase off the screen.

On Pau Gasols aggressiveness tonight:
He didnt have a good shooting night, but he was aggressive and he attacked. Thats what we need from him. He sets the tone for everybody else in terms of him being aggressive; its a certain energy that he carries with him.

Lakers Forward-Center Pau Gasol
On being more aggressive:
Youve got to. Youve got to stay aggressive out there no matter whats going on; no matter whether things are going your way or not. Youve got to continue to play and continue to make plays whichever way you can.

On his activity and Lakers post presence tonight:
I kept myself really active defensively and am getting good offensive rebounds. I think we did a good job protecting our paint and attacking them. I think we all were aggressive trying to post up and creating the contact and I think were going to get more calls if we do that.

Lakers Guard Derek Fisher
On heading on the road:
I mean we won so thats better than losing but well continue to push the envelope and continue to try and make some improvements as we get ready to get out on the road.

On the difference between Game 1 and 2:
I thought defensively we did something better. We were much more active and we helped each other in a lot of key situations. We still gave up some offensive rebounds and theyre getting to the free throw line still too much because of the penetration so well have to get better at those things.

On the Lakers mindset:
Its about our team establishing a certain mindset and tone when were out there on the floor. Kobe and Pau are going to be our main two guys that offensively are leading the way for us and the ball is going to be in their hands to make plays so we need those guys be assertive and aggressive out there and making strong decisions either attacking the basket making a play for themselves or kicking it out to the rest of us and I thought Pau did a good job of trying to mix that up tonight.

Lakers Guard Steve Blake
On defending Chris Paul: Just try not to let [Chris Paul] get a straight line drive to the basket. He can put a lot of pressure on a defense so you want to make him use his pick and rolls and have the bigs be able to help you out.

Lakers Forward Lamar Odom
On the Lakers energy:
I think our overall energy was better and it showed. Overall, I think we all did a good job. [I] just try to play hard and do things the right way.

On Chris Pauls game:
You have to give [Chris Paul] so many different looks because hes good, great. Probably the best at picking teams apart with the pass and I have a lot of respect for his game.

On Kobe Bryants defense:
[Kobe Bryants] and extraordinary leader because he wanted to change the game with his defense and his energy. A lot of guys wouldnt take that challenge at all. You know, Kobe steps up to a challenge every time.

On winning the 6th man award:
Of course after you get an award like that you get a little selfish. You cant help but want to play well, but thats my mentality especially this year to play on a certain level. I got great teammates man; that make it fun, at the end of the day, Im lucky.

Lakers Center Andrew Bynum
On if Kobe and Paus low-scoring night opened the door for him offensively:
With us, were not worried about offense, at least Im not. I get my touches where they are and try to do the best I can with them. Most important for everybody on our team is the defensive side of the ball. Sometimes, the offense breaks down and things happen, but we need to be able to come back down on defense, and I think we did that tonight. And we made it a little bit tougher on Chris Paul.

On if he was happy the Lakers drew the Hornets in the first round:
We like it to be tough. Even though they won the first game, we like to have a good first round opponent, kind of like [Oklahoma City] last year. They made us play with a sense of urgency. So losing this first game, that really put it right back on us.

On if he considered playing the Hornets a good opportunity for him considering their lack of size:
Our go-to guys are obviously Kobe and PauFor me, like I said, I get in where I fit in offensively. I just wait for my opportunities.

Lakers Forward Matt Barnes
On the Lakers level of talent:
When we play hard, it will cover up some of our mistakes and were a very talented team so if we put that effort out were hard to beat.

On Pau Gasols play:
Pau brings a lot to the game besides scoring. His versatility, and playmaking, and rebounding helped us out a lot.

On the physicality of playoff basketball:
[In the] playoffs its physical basketball and thats something that we need to turn on and we got it and we showed it tonight. We out defended a defensive team and it just shows when we put that effort out were hard to beat.

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