Quotes: Spurs v. Pacers: 10/27/10


Gregg Popovich

Tim Duncan

Tony Parker

George Hill

O'Brien

Danny Granger

Roy Hibbert

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Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich

On Tim Duncan taking over the game - “It’s all about our defense. We have to have a defensive identity. They scored 44 in the second half that’s what it was all about. Manu (Ginobili), Timmy (Duncan) and Tony (Parker) all did a good job, they got us going. When they were small, we were small. We got a lot of stops and we got a little bit of a run then. Then Timmy, Tony and Manu put it away. But it all started with the defense in the second half.”

On James Anderson - “He’s going to learn every game. He’s going to learn something on each player he guards and the people who are guarding him. The kind of intensity it takes on every play I thought he did a good job. We had to bounce back from a horrific first half of defense; that was the best part of the game for us.”

On George Hill - “George (Hill) started slowly tonight. He was a little bit tentative in the first half tonight. As the game proceeded he did a really good job at being aggressive and just playing basketball and not worrying about the outcome just playing the game.”

On the pace of the offense - “I thought we did a pretty good job.”

On Matt Bonner's status - “He’ll be out for a while. I don’t think a long while, but he’ll miss some games.”


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Tim Duncan

On the game - “We didn’t have a very good first half defensively and they shot the ball very well. I thought we did a much better job in the second half to slow them down a bit and continue our offense. It was a good win for us and a good start to the season. Obviously we have a lot of work to do throughout the season to get a little more consistent, but that’s what it’s all about.”

On the defense picking up in the second half - “They shot the ball incredibly well in the first half. Even the shots we did contest, they seemed to knock every one of them down. We got a little more focused and closed in on them more so their shots were a little tougher and more contested. Our patience was pretty good. We’re getting a lot of guys in and out of the game with some new guys, so we’ll have to get everybody on the same page.”

On his minutes - “It’s going to change from night to night. Hopefully we don’t have a locked in number of how much I’m going to play each night. Some nights will be more and some nights will be a little less depending on how things go.”

On contribution of James Anderson - “He was great tonight. He had a little ‘deer in the headlights’ look for a while just getting used to the pace of the game and being out on the floor, but as he calmed down and tried to get his rhythm, he hit some big shots. Defensively, he was really trying hard and he just has to get used to the speed of these guys.”


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Tony Parker

On the high score of the first half - “It was really bad. We talk about defense the whole training camp and to start the season like that was not very good. Second half we did better and they scored only 44 points.”

On Tim Duncan - “TD looked good tonight. He played very good, very aggressive. He helped us in the second half because they had to double team him and everybody got open shots.”

On if it felt like a familiar "Big Three" game - “Yeah, definitely. You are going to see that a lot this year. George [Hill] played great and James Anderson came in and hit two big three’s. Richard [Jefferson] was very aggressive too and he went to the free throw line a lot.”

On how he felt coming into the game - “I feel great. In the first half, I was a little too excited and tried to create, so I had to settle down, but it’s the first game of the season and you want to try to do good.”


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George Hill

On working out of a slow start tonight - “It’s basketball. At the end of the day, you’re going to make shots and you’re going to miss shots. It’s something Coach Pop, Jacque Vaughn, Chad Forcier, Chip Engelland, and [Tony Parker] told me. They told me to just go out and play. They all know the way I played in training camp. They just told me to keep being aggressive and the shots will fall. With any player, once one goes in, you start to find the touch you need. Once the first one went in, I knew if I could get a couple more open ones like that, my chances were better."

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Pacers Head Coach O'Brien

On the game - “I thought we competed and then their stars turned it up a notch in the fourth quarter and we did not have an answer for it. We turned the basketball over too many times. We were -19 in points from points scored off of turnovers. Other than turning the ball over, I thought we did what we wanted offensively. We had good games from (Roy) Hibbert, (Danny) Granger and (Darren) Collison but we just didn’t have enough to beat this team.”

On six turnovers in the first quarter - “We talked to our guys about it (turnovers) in the first timeout. Then once we got down we stopped turning the ball over and started to take the lead. We have to win that battle.”

Evaluation of Pacer defense - “We got a lot of hands on the balls and we were really active with our hands. However, we did not challenge up on enough of the shots. We did not always play with the principles that we want to play. If a team shoots over 50%, you can’t really be happy with that.”

On Darren Collison's performance - “I thought he established a nice tempo and I thought that he ran the team well. He had his hands full with Tony Parker and George Hill, so I thought that he played a really solid game with seven assists and three turnovers. It was a nice first game.”

On Roy Hibbert's performance - “Roy did a very nice job offensively. He was able to seal deep which is a key for him. We got him a lot of looks off the pick and rolls where he was able to get both feet in the paint. When he has both feet in the paint that is when he is at his best.”


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Danny Granger

On the game - “We were right there. We took the lead for a little but then we had a bad stretch where they took the lead and went up four to five points. After that stretch, we went stagnant as we froze while they continued to get stops and make big shots. George Hill got going a little bit, and the next thing you know, we were down by ten.”

On the large amount of turnovers his team had tonight - “Our main focus now is turnovers. We knew before the game that if we turned the ball over, especially 23 times, that we were going to lose. That’s the way it is as we simply can’t turn the ball over that many times. That’s going to be our biggest challenge this year. ”


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Roy Hibbert

On his matchup with Tim Duncan - “Offensively, I started to get going but overall I really felt like I let the team down. I let Tim [Duncan} get going in the fourth quarter as that is what led them to make their run. Offensively, I feel like I’m coming into my own but defensively I need to get better. I was scoring but that doesn’t mean I need to give up easy baskets.”

On the large amount of turnovers his team had tonight - “That’s been a topic for us as that was the biggest problem with our team this preseason. Even in practice it was turnovers, turnovers, turnovers. Once we solve that, we could be a very dangerous team.”


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