Friday, December 30, 2011
Final Score: New Orleans 78, Phoenix 93
Hornets Post Game Quotes
Head Coach Monty Williams
On the game:
I didnt have the team ready to play tonight. I thought we didnt play hard, and thats a sign that I didnt do what we needed to do yesterday to have the team ready. I thought we were a bit lacked and our defense was just right here tonight. We had 90 shots tonight and we couldnt throw it in the ocean tonight. That happens on occasions, but our defense was not there tonight.
Hornets Guard Greivis Vasquez
On the game:
I dont think that [offense] was the problem. The problem was we didnt play defense and we didnt play hard. Thats what happened. Weve got a lot of work to do. Its good that it happened right now so that we can get better. I thought we werent ready. They came out to play hard. They executed their offense, we didnt play defense, and it cost us the game. We cant afford to be doing that, especially in front of our home crowd. Its disappointing.
Suns Post Game Quotes
Head Coach Alvin Gentry
On the game:
More than anything, I liked the defensive part of it. I think we did a great job of challenging everything at the rim, and we did a good job for the most part controlling dribble penetration. The only thing that we have to get better in is that we cant give up 24 offensive rebounds, but were not a great rebounding team and were not a team with great size. I thought we fought for some of them (rebounds) but we just didnt come up with them. To hold a team to under 30% shooting is something thats really good for us. It wasnt our offense, it was our defense that won the game.
On the first win of the season:
Its extremely hard. When you look at the schedule and youre 0-2, you think theres a chance to go 0-66. When you look at the schedule after you win you go oh we can do this or do that, its all psychological BS. You just have to go out and play. Weve been doing a good job of competing. Our offense has just been so stagnate, but tonight we got out and ran and got some easy baskets. We end up with 17 fast break points. They (Hornets) did a good job in the 2nd half of slowing us down. The pace of the game was where we won.
Suns Forward Channing Frye
On his contribution tonight:
I think well just continue to shoot and its going to come. I think the biggest thing I need to do for this team is get on the glass and just continue to play. I cannot be a single-fasted player. Shots come and go, and this team has done a great job in just continuing to believe in me.
On the first win:
We got a win and that is all that matters. I think defensively, we just have to get better and help the team win. Its huge to just get that first win here and seeing what works and just getting our confidence here. We got minutes from a lot of guys.
Suns Center Marcin Gortat
On the Suns defense:
I think the whole team was outstanding today. We had a lot of energy and we were focused on what we were doing. My belief is we will keep playing like that. We have to be a good defensive team.
On defending the Hornets big men:
Obviously, it was rough (defending them). I had to focus on defending and Im just trying to give something to the team; help the team in a lot of ways. I was hoping my stops, charges, and blocks would help the team in a lot of ways tonight.
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