(When asked about the play of the rookie Kawhi Leonard in his first playoff series…)
"Kawhi (Leonard) is someone who, I guess it's fair to say surprised us because you don't really know when you draft someone. You do your best job to research it and when that player comes in that's when you really learn about him. In Kawhi's case, he's absorbed information really well. He performs his role, he plays defense, he runs down the floor and he's got a way about him where he's not so anxious to show us that he has every move in the world or that he's so good at offense, you should go to me more. He's level-headed and takes things when they come. This is great because he blends in with everybody else. Like I said, he plays his role and a lot of rookies can't do that and he's been really good at it."
(When asked what was it about Danny Green that convinced you he could play in this system this year ...)
"Well, he (Danny Green) came into training camp and played great. He was aggressive, he was physical and he was determined. Some of that had been lacking in the past, where he was maybe a little lackadaisical. He has gone through some tough times or some situations where he's been cut a couple times with us. This time it clicked with him. Coach (Roy) Williams did a good job of helping him understand. It's a great example of a college coach sticking with a player well beyond the college days. He tried to help him be successful. I think that his respect for Coach Roy Williams was such that he kept hammering away and he came back to us, as I said, very aggressive."
(When asked if this was a game where you tried to set the tone early and were aggressive on defense…)
"I thought we came out aggressively as you said, but it's still a basketball game. We had a good night, they had a poor night. I think they shot 23 percent in the first half or close to that. That's probably not going to get it done for anybody. So this was just a matter of them having a bad, bad night in that regard. It happens to all of us. We shot it better than that. It's a lot about if the ball goes in or not and they just had a tough night."
(When asked if his starters seemed to come out more aggressive tonight …)
"I don't know how to judge how aggressive our starters were than usual or not. I just don't understand how to do that. We made shots and they couldn't throw it into the ocean. As I said, it happens to all of us and it happened to them tonight."
(When asked what's working defensively on Al Jefferson…)
"Well we're trying to do the best we can on a guy who is very difficult to guard. He's one of those herky jerky guys that gets you off your feet and he shoots the midrange jumper really well. I just think he had a bad night. It's not because we came up with some new defense or we were fantastic on defense. We have to be very careful about that."
(When asked about a moment at the end of the third quarter where you and Tony Parker had a conversation… what does that say about Tony that he wants to play every second…)
"You don't want to lose your conditioning or get him hurt. So when you have a game like this it's always a struggle to keep someone in shape and not let him get hurt and we all go through it. He wanted to be in the whole quarter, but we gave him a few more minutes. Tony has been special for us all year and we have to keep him ready to go. That doesn't mean sit him and put him in a bubble. He has to play to some degree."
(When asked how important Game 3 is…)
"We don't look at what game it is. The first game is pretty important. The second game is important and so on and so forth. You just can't think that way. You want to play as well as you can every night. You win or you lose and you worry about the next game. Let it go. We won't take any great satisfaction from this game because we know they had a poor night and that it is not going to happen very often."
(On why he had to convince Coach Pop to let him play more in the third quarter and why he wanted to keep playing…)
"I wanted to keep playing to stay in shape because I did not play a lot. After Game one, we had three days off and after this one we get another three days off. To stay in a rhythm I wanted to play a little bit more because I felt like I did not play a lot lately. I also wanted to stay in because I knew I was not going to play a lot in the fourth quarter."
(How adamant was Coach Pop to keep you out...)
"He said, 'ok, I will give you two more minutes,' and it was a quick conversation. After the next timeout with two minutes left, I went out."
(Is this the best the team has played for 48 minutes…)
"I thought we moved the ball great. Shooters were making shots. Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard played great tonight and when they shoot the ball like that it helps us a lot. Defensively, I thought we did a good job controlling the boards. Utah did not shoot the ball very well so that helped us but we know that Game 3 they will play a lot better. They are going to be at home so they are going to come out with a lot more energy and confidence. For tonight overall, offensively and defensively we played a good game."
(Thoughts on Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard tonight…)
"First of all, I was happy for them. It is their first playoffs and you do not know how they are going to react and how they are going to come out after a good first win. I thought they handled the win pretty well. They both came back very aggressive. Kawhi and Danny both shot the ball really well and they both played great defense."
(If he shared any of his playoff experiences with Danny and Kawhi…)
"No, not really. Kawhi and Danny all season long have figured out how to handle situations and how to play the game. They fit our Spurs system perfectly."
(On the Jazz aggressiveness…)
"They were aggressive in the first half. They were very aggressive and played hard. It was different from Game one but they were not shooting the ball well. Defensively, I thought we played pretty good and we matched their energy."
(On the starters' impact in the game...)
"The starters were impressive. They did a great job and built a lead very early in the game. And then we just kept playing. Tony (Parker), Tim (Duncan), Danny (Green), the starting group was fantastic today. They played a very good game."
(More on the starters' production...)
"It's hard to choose the starting five because they all play great. Everybody did their job. Today Danny (Green) and Kawhi (Leonard) had the opportunity to score. They were a little more open today. Tony (Parker) was great finding them and Boris (Diaw) did a great job defensively, Timmy (Duncan) was very solid and Tony was Tony, so we're very happy about the win."
(On the dangers of relaxing after a blowout victory...)
"It's always dangerous. Sometimes, even if you talk about it, your head plays games and you can't control it. For me, it's very important to focus, to be ready for Game 3 because they're going to play even harder, they're going to be at home with a great atmosphere there. They're going to be fired up so we hopefully won't relax and keep fighting from minute one to 48."
(On the importance of Game 3...)
"It's a big game. It's very important. We're going to come out more intense, more focused. We know it's their home court, so they're not going to give up anything easy, especially after coming off two losses. They're a playoff team. They're going to fight back and they're going to do what they can to get back in the series."
(On staying focused for the remainder of the series...)
"A series is never easy. We can't let up. We can't on any given night. You've seen what happened with the Memphis Grizzlies and L.A. game. We can't let up. They're a playoff team and there's a reason why they're in the playoffs. They're a very good team. They're not going to just give up and roll over. They're going to try to get back in the series. It's more important for us to just come out and be even more focused and intense."
(On if he was surprised by a blowout victory...)
"I know what this team is capable of. It's not very surprising when you've done many good things this year. We won some games pretty big. You don't expect to win a playoff game like that. They're a very good team, but they didn't shoot as well tonight. When a team doesn't shoot as well as they did, and we shot the ball pretty well, stuff like that happens. We don't expect it to happen every game. We don't expect it to happen from here on out. We know it's going to be a dogfight. It's the playoffs, we're not going to blow everybody out every time we play them. We know it's going to be a tough game with them on their home court."
(On tonight's game…)
"They played a great game. They came out like we thought they would, 62 points in the paint and 20 transition baskets. It's tough, tough loss for us. But you know what, these guys did what they were supposed to do on their home court and win these two balls games. We got to make sure to get our mindset to go home and win some games."
(On what the Spurs did …)
"They got it going against us. They had everything going in San Antonio but we didn't make shots. I think in the first half we shot 20 percent and at the end of the game we shot 34 percent. They shot 50 some-odd percent. We could never get a rhythm on either end of the floor."
(On the Spurs 22-point run…)
"I think their defense picked up a little bit and they got some transition baskets there and we didn't respond. We were hustling and thought our effort was there for the most part but we couldn't get the ball to fall in the hole. Then they came down and got easy shots or make a three-point shot. It kind of took the spirit a little bit from us. This is a great ball club. We have to learn and this how you have to play in playoffs. It's different from the regular season as you have to make sure that you take care of the little parts of the game and cut runs off soon."
(On Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green…)
"I think in halftime Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green were the leading scorers for them. They shot, I don't how many thee-point shots, but they made perimeters shots. We did a pretty good job of what we talked about in the beginning of the game of keeping Parker off making lay-ups and turning him to a jump shooter. He made some jump shots but he broke us out a little when he kicked it out and those guys had wide open shots on the perimeter and they made them. We came down and we couldn't make shots especially at the end of the second quarter. It took our spirits but we'll be fine."
(On lessons from tonight's game…)
"You got to learn your lessons from it on what makes them good and what made us not so good. Tonight the way they executed and the way they played defense aggressively. Defensively, I don't think our rotations were as sharp as we wanted them to be for the most part during the game. They came off the pick-and-rolls and we did the first part well, then the guy rolling to basket was open too much. We got to learn our lessons from it and scrap it, and then start it over."
(How do you a put a game like this behind you and move forward?)
"It's kind of easy to do. Blowouts are usually the ones easy to forget. Obviously, we thought we had a solid game plan. Things didn't really work out so we kind of scrap this one and it's back to the drawing board."
(On if the Spurs are taking you guys out of your game?)
"Yea, we just can't get to our spots offensively. They have thrown off our rhythm a little bit and we just didn't obviously make shots tonight. We shot a horrible percentage. Guys didn't make shots that they normally do. With a team like this obviously you have to score, as well as defend and we can't have games like this."
(Talking about the last minutes of the first half…)
"The end of quarters are extremely important in any game, whether it's the playoffs or not. But, the way you close out quarters are instrumental in how you win games, and obviously giving up 20 points in a row doesn't help anybody. It was little demoralizing going into halftime, but we thought we'd come out with a little more fight. They did what they were supposed to do. Obviously, they're a good team."
(Did the Spurs do something different defensively this game?)
"You have to give them a lot of credit defensively, but I thought we missed a lot of easy shots. Shots that we normally make, shots that we've made in the past and we just didn't make tonight."
(What did Coach Tyrone say to the team at halftime?)
"To continue to play. We didn't end the quarter the way we wanted to, but just come out and be aggressive and see what happens."
(On San Antonio's defense against Al (Jefferson) tonight.)
"They're big guys down there and they're smart. First off, they're getting him off his sweet spots, sending double teams from different areas where he's not used to seeing them. We just have to watch a little film and see where they're coming from and adjust accordingly."
(Do you feel like this series is over?)
"Of course not. We have had our struggles on the road, but we were one of the better teams at home. We look forward to playing on our home floor. Obviously, we will have the crowd behind us, and like I said it's another opportunity for us. But by all means, they won the first two games they were supposed to. They're a good team but the series doesn't start until somebody wins on their opponent's home floor."
(On the difficult loss tonight…)
"It's tough. They (San Antonio) did what they were supposed to do. They took care of the first two games at home but the blowout was kind of hard to deal with. It is a good thing we have a couple more games to go and we can easily turn this thing around when we get back home."
(On why the game plan for tonight did not work out…)
"To be honest, we won't figure it out until tomorrow in practice with film session. Overall, they ran the pick-and-roll well. They hit the open guys and knocked down the open shots. When they are making three's like they did tonight it is tough to win."
(On the difficulty of containing the Spurs and Parker…)
"It is tough. (It's a) good thing we get the opportunity to get two games up in Utah to correct our mistakes. It's just back to the drawing board. We just can't get down on ourselves."
(On his veteran leadership to keep his teammates positive…)
"Just keep guys motivated. Continue to stay aggressive they way I did tonight and play good, solid defense. You can't get your head down and that's not what we are doing. We just have to go home and regroup."
(On the difficult loss tonight…)
"They played well today and we didn't. We just have to go home and try to fight back."
(On how the team continued to fight through the game…)
"Like I said, they played well and we didn't. That was every facet of the game: defensively, offensively, and transition. (It was a) tough game for us but they are the number one seed for a reason and they are playing in their home arena. We play a lot better when we are at home."
(On the youth of the Jazz team…)
"These two losses have been tough on us but what happened, happened. You have to put that in the past. We go home to our home building and you have to treat it as though we are fighting for our lives. We lose and we are done."
(On the difference of play between Games 1 and 2…)
"They did a lot well. Almost everybody on their team played well. For whatever reason we just let them do whatever they wanted to do. They are a good team and they play well when they are in their home building. For us, (it's about) continuing to play hard, competing and going home and getting some wins."