Postgame Quotes: Suns at Cavaliers - Nov. 27, 2012


Suns Head Coach Alvin Gentry

Suns Guard Jared Dudley

Byron Scott

Anderson Varejao

Dion Waiters

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Suns Head Coach Alvin Gentry

(On the game): “I thought we did a good job of moving the basketball and a great job of finding the mismatches. It was a ‘grind-it-out’ kind of game. These guys (Cavaliers) have played four games in five nights. Obviously, they were very tired and we wanted to try to push the tempo.”

(On Anderson Varejao): “He comes up with about six rebounds a game that he has no business getting. The energy level that he plays with; he will be a guy that ends up with 18 rebounds instead of 12. He’s the only guy that’s really tough to guard. He shoots the ball extremely well in those pocket areas where it’s really tough to rotate back in time and he is really confident shooting those shots. We talked about making him make those shots and he took advantage of it.”


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Suns Guard Jared Dudley

(On playing the Cavaliers): “For them (Cavaliers) to beat you they have to outrebound you, out-hustle you and beat you from the three point line. We wanted to take away the three and then they hustled to get back into the game. The turning point was us creating turnovers.”

(On Cavaliers Anderson Varejao): “The scouting report was to give him that jump shot and he made us pay. We adjusted and took that away, and by then other guys had to play and they (Cavaliers) weren’t on fire like the first time we played them.”


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Cavaliers Head Coach Byron Scott

(On the game tonight): “Starting off the game, I didn’t think our energy level was up. I thought Andy’s level of energy was up and I thought Alonzo got after it defensively, but other than that, nothing. You play two good solid games (on the road), and you come home and you play like this. That’s probably the most frustrating part.”

(On playing without Daniel Gibson): “It hurts us on both ends. Boobie is one of our best perimeter defenders. He’s been our best guy off the bench over the last couple of weeks as well. Those are things that you count on. Not having him, it just hurts when he’s not out there, and he’s a veteran guy. He knows how to play.”


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Cavaliers Center Anderson Varejao

(On the team’s performance tonight): “We didn’t play as a team tonight. The fourth quarter was terrible; we didn’t move the ball, we gave them some easy fast breaks and that’s why they won the game. When you don’t give yourself a chance to play defense, it’s hard. When you take bad shots, it leads to easy fast breaks.”

(On if he believes the team took a step backwards defensively): “I wouldn’t say that. I think our offense needs to get better and we need to move the ball. We need to play aggressive, make the extra pass and that’s what will get us to the next level.”


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Cavaliers Guard Dion Waiters

(On if he felt heavy-legged during the game): “A little bit, but there are no excuses for this team. We’ve got to be physically ready at all times, mentally ready too. Even with playing four games in five nights, you’ve got to be ready and come out with a sense of urgency.”

(On what happened late in the 3rd quarter): “They just outplayed us, they wanted it more. We’ve got to come out with a better sense of urgency and just play hard like we’ve been playing on the road.”


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