Quotes: Spurs vs. Lakers: 4/11/12


Gregg Popovich

Tony Parker

Tim Duncan

Mike Brown

Andrew Bynum

Steve Blake

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Gregg Popovich

(Opening statement on tonight's game against the Lakers…)
"The Lakers played an excellent game. They beat us from the beginning of the game to the end. (The Lakers) did a great job."

(When asked about Andrew Bynum's 30 rebounds and being out rebounded 60 to 33…)
"(The Lakers) played great and they beat us to death. There's nothing else you can say about it. They deserve credit for playing so well. A lot guys shot it well. They rebounded well and they were physical. They beat us in every facet of the game. It was a really poor performance execution wise and competiveness wise. There's nothing else to say. You can look at the stats all you want because what I just said is why the stats look the way they do."

(When asked if he was surprised about the lack of competiveness out of the Spurs tonight…)
"We usually don't play like we did tonight. But (the Lakers) had a lot to do with it. They started out making shots and they got up on us. They just played very, very well on both ends of the court. A lot of guys played very, very well for them."

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Tony Parker

(On tonight's game…)
"It was a very disappointing performance. We have to give a lot of credit to the Lakers tonight. They shot the ball very well and we played very bad and I played very bad."

(Thoughts on the Lakers length and asked if it affected his game tonight…)
"Nope, I just missed shots. I had great shots and great looks, they just did not go in. I did not play well tonight."

(Thoughts on how disappointing tonight's lost means to the team…)
"It is very disappointing because we did not play very aggressive and they came in and knocked down a lot of threes. They just played great."

(Thoughts on if this is a good thing for tomorrow night's game…)
"Yes, it is a great wakeup call and tomorrow we have another big game for us. Tomorrow night is going to be more physical and Memphis has been playing very well."

(Thoughts on Bynum's play tonight…)
"It was a great performance. He was everywhere tonight. Offense, defense, blocking shots and controlling the paint, he did a great job tonight."

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Tim Duncan

(Thoughts on lack of competiveness tonight…)
"We did not play well across the board. We had a lot of their guys play better than we did. They shot the ball better than us, they rebounded the ball better than us, they got a bunch of second chance points and Bynum was a big part of that. All in all they just outplayed us tonight."

(Thoughts on Bynum being just too long…)
"He got a lot of position rebounds tonight. He obviously is a big body and he had eight offensive rebounds, which really hurt us. All in all, we just did not play well and our focus was not there for whatever reason and we just did not play well for long enough tonight."

(Thoughts on game tomorrow night…)
"Very glad there is a game tomorrow night. After a game like tonight we just want to get back on the floor and guarantee a better performance from us."

(Thoughts on whether he thinks this a setback for the Spurs…)
"You hate losing games like this especially by this much and we respect the Lakers as an opponent, but we just did not play well tonight."

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Mike Brown

(Thoughts on Andrew Bynum's rebounding…)
"Drew's (Andrew Bynum) performance was outstanding. Thirty rebounds and sixteen points was remarkable. One of the things we talked about doing coming into the game was trying to control the tempo because we know San Antonio likes to push the pace and they're very good at scoring a lot of points. One of the ways we could control the tempo was by trying to rebound and Drew took it upon himself with thirty rebounds. It's amazing with thirty total rebounds and the eight offensive rebounds were great because these guys don't give up offensive rebounds. Getting that from one player was phenomenal. He on the pivot which helped us control the tempo, so I give him a lot of credit."

(On limiting turnovers against the Spurs…)
"I thought our two point guards did a nice job controlling the tempo. We never let this game get into much of a rat race. Even though San Antonio had seventeen fast break points, we still had control of the game, most of the time. We got a lot of good production from a lot of guys. Coming into this game, we had been trying to iron out our mistakes a little bit. We can't have unforced turnovers; to have twelve turnovers against this team in an environment like this for us is pretty good. Just to allow ten points off those twelve turnovers is even better."

(Thoughts on the team's performance…)
"Pau's (Gasol) double-double was terrific. I thought our bench played well, especially Matt (Barnes). He just filled the stat sheet with his points, assists and rebounds. Metta (World Peace) had a terrific game for us. His scoring was much needed tonight, whether it was inside or outside, I thought he did a heck of a job. He helped out with our scoring punch and then defensively too. He was very solid as I thought our entire team was. We were all with the game plan."

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Andrew Bynum

(What do you think was the key in you getting 30 rebounds tonight?)
"Just going to go get them. They missed a lot of jump shots. They shoot very quickly and they were coming off the rim nice and soft."

(Did you notice early that this might be a game where you can control the glass?)
"Not really, I just got boards. A lot of them came right to me and they missed air balls that fell right to me. I just had my hands ready."

(Do you understand the significance with only 4 other Lakers having 30 rebounds in a game?)
"It's great to have 30 boards, but my shot was not working and I'm kind of upset about that. So for me, I'll remember shooting horribly."

(How did you guys beat a team as good as the Spurs with poor shooting and Kobe not playing tonight?)
"Metta (World Peace) stepped up big and he hit a lot of clutch shots for us. Blake did too. Matt Barnes shot freely so that's why we have teammates and they picked up the slack. I was just playing defense."


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Steve Blake

(How did you do this without Kobe Bryant?)
"It was teamwork. You have a big fella like Andrew (Bynum) down there cleaning up all the rebounds and making the Spurs take tough shots. We can win a lot of games without him."

(Why were you guys able to dominate tonight?)
"It started with defense. Coaches gave us a good defensive game plan and we executed it well. We made them take tough two's with our hands up and not letting them get offensive boards."

(Did you guys think you could beat this team coming in?)
"We definitely thought we could beat them. You never expect to come in and blowout a team like the Spurs in their home building. But, we are always very confident. We have a great team, a talented team, and when we play together like this we can be tough to beat."

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