(Were you satisfied with matching their physicality today?)
"Probably not. That's what they do and they're great at it. Those big guys are tough, they're relentless and they've got great timing to go with their will to go get the ball and rebound so it's got to be a situation where one, two and three really helps our bigs. I thought in that sense, Jack (Stephen Jackson) did a great job for us; fighting on the boards and getting some big time rebounds, because that won't stop. They're going to do that every game."
(Talk about Tony Parker...)
"He's the reason we've been successful thus far this season. He continued that tonight. He's had a wonderful year. He's been very focused and did another good job, as you saw."
(You've played different guys and lineups all season, you made a rotation change in the first quarter tonight. Does that work to your advantage in what you've done all season?)
"I hope so. It's what we've done all year so I don't want to change it. We'll continue to do what we've done and it will either be good enough or it won't."
(Boris Diaw came up big today…talk about his role…)
"Boris is a high basketball IQ guy and understands the game very well, so it means he passes well, he reads situations well, he responds to other players well at both ends of the court. In that sense, he's helped us."
(On Tim Duncan…how important is he to what you do as a team?)
"He's definitely the cornerstone of our defense. We don't play it as well as we used to, but in spurts and at certain periods of the game, we do it pretty well. Timmy's just solid. He's going to get beaten once in a while, but overall he's going to do what we need to have done down in the post. We read off of him for most things that we do."
(On his play today…)
"I was trying to be aggressive and I wanted to see what they were going to do in the pick and rolls. I was trying to set up my teammates and be aggressive after that. Overall we were aggressive. We have to match their (Utah's) energy. They're a very physical team and they play with a lot of intensity. It's going to be a war the whole series on the boards. I thought we did a good job rebounding, especially Stephen Jackson. He was huge at the end of the fourth on the bounds. It's going to be that way for us and all the smalls need to help Timmy (Duncan), Tiago (Splitter), DB (DeJuan Blair), Boris (Diaw) and Matt (Bonner) rebound.
(On playing small and the 3 three-pointers at the end of the third quarter that changed the game…)
"It worked out pretty well for us all season every time playing small. We got some good shots, we had good spacing while playing in the pick and roll. I found (Stephen) Jackson one time and Matty (Bonner) for a second time. Those were two big three's for us entering the fourth quarter. It was a big play for us. After that we kept the lead and played pretty good defense in the fourth."
(On the play of the bench and taking pressure off the Big Three…)
"It's huge. It makes a big difference if you want to go far in the playoffs. Everybody needs to contribute. I think that's what I like the most about our team this year from last year. We are a lot deeper, everyone is healthy and fresher. It makes a big difference. Jack made some big shots and got some big boards in the end of the third and fourth quarter. Boris (Diaw) played great, he was aggressive. Everybody is playing well."
(On defending Devin Harris…)
"I think that's the key, they're going to play inside a lot with (Al) Jefferson and (Paul) Millsap. After them, Harris is the key to their team. He makes them go. He can get hot at any time and he's a very good three point shooter. It's a big key to try to contain him. That's just one game, I know he's going to bounce back. He's a great player and he's proved it over the years. I know he's going to come back strong in Game 2, so I'm going to be ready."
(On opening the series with a win…)
"It is always very important to start winning because if not you always fight from behind so this one was important. We played a good game. It was not brilliant but it was steady and we kept fighting and it took us a while but we broke it open in the fourth quarter."
(On the play of Tony Parker today…)
"He got us the lead and let us keep the lead early when no one else was playing well. Tony was just attacking the rim, making shots, and was just impressive. Then in the fourth he was very reliable. He did what he was supposed to do, he found open teammates and it was a great overall game for him. He was fantastic."
(On the boost Stephen Jackson gave to the team today…)
"He was really good tonight. He got some big boards, some important buckets, getting fouls drawn. He had a very complete game. We needed his competiveness and toughness and he brought it today, it was great to see him play like that."
(On being healthy for the playoff run…)
"It feels great and I'm just very happy that I'm playing healthy and got to play the whole last month after a tough start of the season. The team is doing great. We finished with the best record in the league. We are starting at home and there are a lot of things making me happy. To help the team and contribute in any way I can is what I want to do."
(On the difference between the 03' championship team and this year's team…)
"We have a great group of young guys and the good thing about our stars is that they are still playing great. The good thing about this team is that we play team ball and it is important to get everyone involved and everyone contributes, that is why we have had so much success this year."
(On Tony Parker…)
"Tony has just stepped up and is being a leader. A lot of point guards are leaders of a team and a lot of them just say they are the leader but Tony (Parker) has been a leader. He got us going at the beginning of the game and when he goes, we go and when he plays the way he played tonight nine out of ten times we are going to come out with a win."
(On his play in the playoffs…)
"The good thing is that I'm comfortable here. I'm familiar with a lot of stuff and I got three stars out there so they really do not concentrate on me too much so I can just float around. I just play off those guys and just try to contribute as much as I can."
(Before the game, you talked about spacing and being able to control the game…you weren't able to get into a flow to play your type of game. What did they do to take you out of your game?) "Well, one of the things this team is great at is they put a lot of pressure on you defensively. First of all, they get back in transition; they try to bump you off your spots; they have hands on you when you come off to run your half court sets and they did a great job of pushing us out a little further than we wanted to be and making it tough for us, especially getting the ball into the post. It knocked our rhythm off a little bit. I thought that we got away from executing our half court sets a little bit and they were able to make some runs out of it."
(Was that the rotation you were planning or did you have to react?)
"I had to change it a little bit because they went small a couple times and I didn't feel good about our big lineup. In the second half, I just went with it a little bit to see what we could get. I thought they ran out a little bit on us and then they spread the floor, so this team is great at taking advantage of any mistakes you make. We'll look at the film and take the next couple of days and try to make adjustments and come back and compete against them on Wednesday."
(How deep are they (Spurs) and how much flexibility does Pop have? You played ten guys in the first quarter…is this easily the deepest team you've faced?)
"They don't just play guys. The guys they put on the floor are very effective in what they are trying to do and they do a great job of executing the offense. On defense, they're all aggressive on what they're trying to do. Their rotations are quick and crisp. There's not a lot of guessing on this team. They just react to what you do and try to force you off your spot. However many guys he has on his roster, that's how deep he is and how comfortable he is with putting different guys in the game. (DeJuan) Blair didn't even play in the first half and came out and played a great game for them in the second half. I thought he was physical and did the things he normally does. It's a deep ball club and they're experienced so we have to make some adjustments. We'll look at the film and go back to work."
(This is Gordon's (Hayward) first playoff game, he didn't look it…he came up big…)
"I'm proud of him. I thought the young guys did a pretty good job. They just came out and played. We talked about relaxing as soon as we can so we can get a chance to compete against these guys and not be too much in the moment of being in the playoffs and I thought we did that for a little while. Their resolve at the end of the game; they just know what it takes to put you away and they continue to come. Any mistake you make, they make pay for it and it's a quick pay. We have to grow through it and we'll continue to work and try to get better."
(The score looks like a blowout, but you were in this game until midway through the fourth quarter. Does this feel like something you can tweak and adjust and you're back in this?)
"We've got to get better. We've got to be more sharp and determined to run off and make sure we get to the spots that we want to. These guys are experienced guys, they are physical, they are going to try and knock you off everything and try to do it. They are going to have their hands on you all night"
(What do you take from this game and how you guys competed as a team?)
"Most definitely it was a learning experience for us. I think we played well for three quarters. But, I think we had too many turnovers against them. You can't turn the ball over that much against a great team like San Antonio especially on their home floor. Believe it or not, we do walk out with our heads up a little bit. Now let's just go and watch film and learn from our mistake, then get ready for Game 2."
(What's it like going up against (Tim) Duncan at this point in his career?)
"He might not be as quick as he used to be, but he makes that up with experience and he's very smart. He still knows how to get to the basket and score when he wants to. He's still a great defensive player. Like I told him before the game, it's just an honor to go against him in the playoffs. So, I'm learning as I go, playing against him. Every time I play against him I learn something new and I take something from him and try to use it for myself. It's a great experience. To me, he's not as old as everyone says he is. He still steps up and plays well on the court."
(Is it as simple as you guys just have to be able to at least contain Tony Parker?)
"He's a great player. Like I said before the series started, it's not on Devin (Harris) and Jamaal (Tinsley) we have to all help to contain him. He's so quick coming off the pick-and-roll. He gets guys involved. He made some passes tonight where he didn't even look, he knew his teammates were going to be in certain spots. We can't let him beat us and also get everyone else involved. It's going to be a long series if we let him do that to us. It's a team responsibility to contain him and we'll try to take at least two things away from him."
(Did you feel like your team matched their intensity enough?)
"Not the whole game and that's what we're learning, that's what we're trying to get better at. I believe they hit us a little early, but we responded well. We are learning and we still have a few more games left."
(What adjustments do you feel need to be made?)
"We are learning on the fly. A crucial point in the game we turn the ball over, unforced turnovers. But we are a young team, things like that happen. That's the thing we need to do, learn how to focus for the whole 48 minutes."
(Did you feel like you guys stepped up to the challenge today, and what might you need to do in the future to have more offensive productivity down low?)
"When we get it down low we need to work on our spacing. We need to get more movement and more cuts. Against a good basketball team, it's going to be tough to throw it into me and Al (Jefferson) and just say go to work because they are sitting there and watching everything that we do. That's our bread and butter; it's been our bread and butter all season. That's what we're going to continue to do."
(On trying to stop Tony Parker…)
"He split a lot of pick and rolls and was able to get into the paint, make plays, get to the free throw line and do what he does well."
(On the adjustments the Jazz have to make…)
"Even with the game that Tony (Parker) had we were still in it for three quarters. Just minor adjustments and we have to be a little more tough-minded and fight through some of those plays. (We have to) find a way to execute and get buckets. Especially late in the quarter."
(On the Jazz seeing different rotations out of the Spurs…)
"It felt fine to me. We started Josh (Howard) instead of DeMarre (Carroll) but pretty much everything was the same. We went with our big lineup at times. So everything felt like we had been doing it the past couple of weeks."
(On sloppy play…)
"It was a little bit. I think we had 18 turnovers. Just not smart plays at times and forcing things when they are not there."
(On the size of the Spurs…)
"They are smart. Obviously they are veteran guys. They are crafty. They make it tough and they don't foul. They make it tough to finish in the paint. They crowd the paint and force you to throw the ball outside and run down shots. Their rotations are solid and they are a great defensive team."
(On the strengths of the Spurs other than Parker…)
"They are a good team defensively, obviously. One thing that is overlooked is their offense. They get the ball in the paint and then it is pick your poison: kick-out, start shooting threes, dump down passes or little floaters. We have to find some way to keep it out of the paint and make it a little difficult."
(On Duncan's play versus Al Jefferson…)
"He has been doing it for a while. He knows all the in's and out's of the game and different ways to help his team win. I am confident Al is going to come back and do what he always does in the next game. We are going to have these next days to prepare and make adjustments."
(On his 12 free throw attempts and attacking the rim…)
"I think you always want to be aggressive but you have to take what the defense gives you. A lot of times they overplayed passes and (I) had opportunities to drive the lane. We need to continue to do that."
(On limiting the Spurs fast break points…)
"It was really important for us to do that against any team but, we obviously didn't do that great of a job. They still got the win. We are going to continue to do that and find other ways to run with them."