What the Pelicans had to say about 100-97 loss to the Mavericks (12/4/13)

Pelicans Coach Monty Williams
On Al-Farouq Aminu’s performance
“He played with the energy and effort that he is capable of playing with. He had a great effect on tonight’s game in the absences of Anthony Davis. Anytime you can collect twenty rebounds, it means you are willing yourself to do more than others on the floor.”

On the amount of turnovers
“We haven’t had that many turnovers in a while. We stopped attacking the basket in the second half, which led to more turnovers on the perimeter. We just had a lot of mistakes tonight. We didn’t close out on shooters tonight which lead to open shots.”

Pelicans forward Al-Farouq Aminu
On the near win against Dallas
“We had a chance at the end. If the ball goes a different way, we may have won. It’s a hard game after coming off the road. But I think we fought. There are a couple things we could have done better, but it was a good, strong showing.”

On recovering from a close loss
“I don’t want to take away any credit from the Mavericks because they played tough, but like I said, coming off the road we were just [a little rough]. That starting five hadn’t been together, in practice, but not in games. We are going to go in the lab, fix some of the things that we need to, and get back to what we need to do.”

Pelicans guard Eric Gordon
On the loss to Dallas after returning from a road trip
“It was tough. Shots didn’t fall for us. That’s a tough Dallas team. We fought until the end and gave ourselves a chance to win, but it just didn’t go our way tonight. Some of the guys [felt a little tired after the road trip], but we had our chances to win. It was a good effort by both teams, and we had our chances to win.”

On Al-Faroug Aminu’s career night
“Something about Dallas. Last year he had almost twenty rebounds at half-time. It’s good to see him play that active. It’s great to see him play like that.”