Quotes: Spurs vs. Jazz Game 2: 5/7/12


Gregg Popovich

Tim Duncan

Tony Parker

Manu Ginobili

Gary Neal

Tyrone Corbin

Al Jefferson

Paul Millsap

Gordon Hayward

Devin Harris

Derrick Favors

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Gregg Popovich

On how he felt the Jazz played
“The Utah Jazz showed you the kind of class and the kind of organization they are. Down 3-0 and I think we were up 17 or 18 and some people probably thought it was over, we put in a couple of subs and they just ran it right to us and stuck it to us, because they don’t quit. They are just a class team and a class organization. Ty (Corbin) has done a great job of keeping that going, it is just who they are and they showed it tonight. I just have to congratulate them on that.”

On the Spurs’ bench play
“We have been a pretty deep team this year, deeper than we usually are, and we have depended on that the entire year and it came through for us again tonight. A couple of starters had a tough time getting going and the bench filled in admirably.”

On Tony Parker’s strong play throughout the series
“This is his best year since he’s been here; he’s had some good ones. He was the MVP of the Finals one year and he’s playing better now than he did then, because he’s playing an all-around game. He’s guarding, he’s involved other people, he still scores and he’s been a good leader. He’s been very demanding of his teammates and very focused and serious since he came back this year from the Olympic qualifications this past summer.”


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Tim Duncan

On relying on experience down the stretch
“They junked it up. They got real physical and got real active. They found a way to make plays to get them back in the game. We didn’t lose our composure. That was great. We used the clock when we could. We took advantage of plays when we had to and found a way to close it out.”

On his impressions of the Jazz
“Young and very promising. They have a lot of talent there. That lineup they started with tonight was unbelievable. Those three guys (Jefferson, Millsap, Favors) in there are a great combination. They need to add some pieces here and there, but they have a very good core and a very promising future.”


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Tony Parker

On the last game being different than the first three
“You have to give them a lot of credit. They play with a lot of heart. They played very physical. They did everything they could to try and win the game.”

On San Antonio’s bench play
“Our bench has been playing well all season long. Our team is very deep and they answered every challenge during the season. Tonight was a great example of our bench performing. They played very good tonight.”

What he expects from the Jazz in the future.
“They’re going to improve. They are going to be very tough. They have some good pieces and they can build on that. They have to add one or two players, maybe one or two veterans and they are going to be dangerous.”


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Manu Ginobili

On strong play of the Spurs bench
“We are a team that has a lot of scorers on the bench and we have been doing that all season long. We try to change the tempo of the game when we come in and we have four good open shooters that are good screeners and divers. We have been successful all season long and it is one of our keys (to victory).”

On the Spurs defensive strategy
“We just collapsed the paint. They are a great team, they play hard but they definitely need the paint. So we tried to put five bodies in there and make things hard for them. Their bigs didn’t get a lot of things easy and that was a big key for us. They are not the best three-point shooting team in the league so we made the decision to let them shoot (outside) a little bit more than usual but not let them to get the easy layups in the paint.”


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Gary Neal

On being nervous towards the end
“It was great to get the win. We knew they weren’t going to stop playing. The last five minutes they turned the pressure up and started to pick us up full court. We hung in there and got the win. We saw the Memphis-Clippers game and saw them come back. We knew it was possible, we just had to stay the course.”

On his impression of Utah
“They are tough. They play three really good ‘bigs’ in Jefferson and Favors and Millsap. Sometimes they play all three of them together. That makes them a terror on the offensive boards that makes them a physical team. We knew that coming in. Give those guys credit. They didn’t quit. They continued to play. We were just fortunate to close it out on the road.”


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Tyrone Corbin

On the game
“Looking at it from the beginning of the game I thought that our guys showed a lot of class as they have done all year – just continued to fight. Our backs were up against the wall right from the beginning. We weren’t going to let each other off the hook and come out and lay down and let these guys take a win here. I thought we fought and continued to fight and make sure to show who we are. If we win, lose or draw, we are going to give everything we have. And I thought this group of guys continued to demonstrate this tonight.”

On the Jazz comeback in the fourth quarter
“It tells you a lot about them. What we have been talking about all year long. We have shown that when things are bad and not going as well as we would like for them to go, we are going to continue to fight. Anytime you have a game against us you are going to know you have been in a fight. Win, lose or draw, guys are going to give you everything they have. That’s one of the great things about this group of guys that I really respect and love working with them because they are going to give what they have every night.”


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Al Jefferson

On the comeback and falling short
“It’s frustrating to lose, but it’s a learning experience. We went out fighting. We fought all the way to the end. So it’s just a learning experience. We learned a lot from this series. We played against a great team. Just go home and watch all the playoffs. Learn, and watch and see what it takes to get to the next level.”

On being proud of what they accomplished this year
“Yeah, I mean, once this moment go away, we don’t have a reason to hold our heads down. We fought to the end, but it still sucks to know our season is over.”

On his aggressive game tonight
“It’s now or never. We had to leave it all on the floor tonight. We go out on this court and go home now and know that we fought to the end in game four and we put ourselves in a position to win and that’s all I want to end on. It didn’t work out for us.”


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Paul Millsap

On the fourth quarter comeback falling short
“We tried to force it. We knew we were within range and so we tried to force it. We took a few ill-advisedshots, turned the ball over a little bit, but credit them. They got out, they saw the run coming and they stopped it.”

On what the Jazz can take from the series
“It was an experience. It was an experience for us, experience for the younger guys. They know what to expect now, to make them work a little bit harder.”

On getting better throughout the series
“It took us a little bit to figure out what they were doing, to clog up the paint. We thought we could hit shots on the outside. We tried to force it at the basket, but credit them, they played tough defense on us.”


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Gordon Hayward

On why the Spurs are such a good team
“They do a good job of the little things, whether that’s rotating on defense or making the extra pass on offense. The details you have to do to be a successful team, they make sure that they do everything well.”

On his difficulty shooting in the playoffs
“It’s just frustrating, especially with the work that I put in, to come out and shoot like that. That’s unacceptable. You’ve got to be able to just knock down shots. This series has just been a rough one for me personally, but something that I’ll learn from and be ready on the next one.”

On what the young guys can learn from the series
“Just the way that San Antonio played. You watch them do all the little things right and you can’t have lapses. One or two minute lapses in a game turn into a quick six, eight, 10 points, especially against a team like them. I think it was a good learning experience for us, but it’s tough to say after a loss.”


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Devin Harris

On his thoughts about the series as a whole
“(It’s) most definitely a learning experience. The Spurs are a very good team. We’re a very young team. But any experience in the playoffs for our young guys is a good thing. You can’t really replace playoff experience. It’s a great thing to go through. (We) definitely learned some things from a team like the Spurs...the way they play together, the way they stay poised in the fourth quarter, how they really execute. They’ve won four championships for a reason.”

On the character the Jazz showed in the fourth quarter run
“This team has been doing it all year long. We could have easily just folded in that fourth quarter when they built that lead, but guys fought it out to the end. It shows a lot of character and a lot of heart that we have on this team.”

On the season
“I thought we started out really well. Then we had a little letdown toward the middle of the season, but we made up our minds that we wanted to make the playoffs. That’s where that big push came from late in the season. We had a lot of key guys hurt during that run. Our young guys really stepped up to the plate and played with experience and poise. We have a lot to look forward to with those young guys and this team.”


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Derrick Favors

On his thoughts on his first playoff experience
“It was a good experience, going out there, playing against the Spurs. It was a challenge. I thought I stepped up to the plate. I had fun and overall, it was just a good experience.”

On the season
“We decided to make that push at the end of the season to make the playoffs and we just kept fighting and fighting. We came up short in the series, but we can’t hold our heads for it.”


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