(How much of tonight was because you don’t have guys like (Tyson) Chandler and (Jared) Jeffries out there?
“They anchor our defense. That’s why we improved from last year to this year because of Tyson Chandler and Jared (Jeffries) being in there. I thought Josh (Harrellson) did a pretty good job, but obviously some of the offensive rebounds and them getting right to the basket just killed us.”
(What were the Spurs doing to run the pick and roll so perfectly?)
“It was Tony Parker. Tony Parker is one of the best in the league and they have (Tim) Duncan. We didn’t have our guys that maybe can slow it up a little bit, but they’re really good at it. They have shooters, they spread the floor, and they’re one of the better offensive teams in the league. They do a great job moving the ball.”
(Did you have any concerns with the effort overall on the defensive end?)
“No, I thought we started off sluggish. We did pick it up at different spurts. Give them credit, they hit some hard shots and it kind of took our will. Our guys kept battling, kept playing hard, and we saw some things that maybe we can build upon and hopefully get better on in the next game.”
(What did you see from Carmelo (Anthony) tonight?)
“He was more determined. I told him just go ahead and play and attack. I thought he did that tonight. Again, he will be there.”
(How much did you guys do to get (Carmelo) going?
“I really think that the offense is predicated on people having energy and the ball moving around. If you have selfishness then you’re in trouble, but if everyone is moving the ball we will find people and we will find him. He needs to be aggressive like everyone else and then we’ll make adjustments. The offense should never be a problem.”