Postgame Quotes: Suns @ Hawks - Nov. 7, 2010


Alvin Gentry

Steve Nash

Jason Richardson

Larry Drew

Mike Bibby

Josh Smith

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Suns Head Coach Alvin Gentry

“It’s a good win for us. Obviously they are a very good team. They’re playing great. For them to come back like they did and for us to maintain our poise was very important. I don’t think anybody in the league works harder than (Al) Horford does on either end of the floor. Whatever they signed him for, it’s a bargain. He’s a stud. In the future we need to find a way to come up with rebounds, but I thought we hung in there and battled and found a way to win. Anytime you win on the road, it’s a good thing.”

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Suns guard Steve Nash

“We were definitely prepared for this kind of competition. We’ve played a lot of tough teams already. I’m not sure if I’m shooting more. I’m just trying to stay aggressive. We’re breaking in a lot of new players, and sometimes that leads to turnovers. The biggest thing is just for us to understand each other and gain cohesion as a unit. I think we can all make each other better. We just need time to get to that level.”

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Suns guard Jason Richardson

“I’m just going out there and being aggressive on both ends of the floor and trying to help this team win games. I’ve had good seasons before when I’ve averaged 22 points, but we were losing. It just feels good to be part of a winning team. I’m glad we had a brutal schedule to start, because we’ve played good in those games. We’ve shown that we can battle back and keep on fighting and get a victory. The Hawks are really talented. They’re very deep, and of course, Joe (Johnson) is a superstar and (Al) Horford is solid, plus (Jeff) Teague looks like he’ll be a good player."

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Hawks Head Coach Larry Drew

“We turned the ball over, but I didn’t think it hurt us that bad, especially in the first half. I thought we did a poor job in executing as far as defensive coverages. I thought that was probably the biggest thing that really hurt us in the first half. Leaving shooters open at the end of the game hurt us more. We put special emphasis on getting back, but tonight, we didn’t do that. We gave up too many open looks to a team that thrives on the three-point shot.”

(On switches defensively)
“The thing that I thought hurt us, as far as the switches, we couldn’t match up the way we wanted to match up. If you don’t have perimeter (defenders), when they go small, you have to be able to go small. Playing big is not effective. Tonight is a clear case of how bad we needed Marvin or Mo, so that we could look at going a lot smaller and trying some other things defensively. That’s neither here nor there. We’ve had some success switching with Nash, and tonight he made some shots. We knew there was a chance he was going to make some. We got a little complacent on a few of the Childress drives where it didn’t call for help, and we got sucked in, and they kicked out to shooters. That’s just a failure to execute the game plan.”


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Hawks guard Mike Bibby

“The way they play, it gave us a chance to get back in the game. We had a couple of mishaps on offensive rebounds. They got a big rebound when it was tied, they got a foul, and stayed up on us. We played hard. The good thing is we get to play tomorrow too.

"We played good in all aspects. We have to cut down on (allowing) offensive rebounding. We do that in this game, we win this game.”

(On tomorrow night)
“We’ve had a tough time with Orlando anyway, so we just have to go in there and play together.”


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Hawks forward Josh Smith

“It does cut down on our options, but we just have to go out there and play basketball. You’re going to have injuries during the season. Guys just have to come in and play.

“We just to try to shake this loss off, going into a tough environment in Orlando, with the new arena…the same faces though. So we have to play. They’ve had our number the last three or four games. We definitely have to come in and be ready to play against a tough, defensive-minded Orlando team.”


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