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Postgame Quotes: Suns @ Kings - Jan 2, 2011


Head Coach Alvin Gentry

Steve Nash

Paul Westphal

Francisco Garcia

Omri Casspi

DeMarcus Cousins

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Head Coach Alvin Gentry

Fourth-quarter performance…

“It wasn’t really the fourth quarter it was the last five minutes of the game. That’s where the game was decided. We played great up until that point. We had a 10-point lead with 5:05 to go. We didn’t complete any plays offensively. They scored on 12-of-14 possessions and that was where the game was lost.”

“We didn’t think we had it in the bag; it’s an NBA game. Why the (expletive) would we think we had it in the bag? We didn’t think we had it in the bag. We just saw Tyreke make a three-quarter shot to win the game against Memphis. Why would you think that we think that we had it in the bag? We didn’t make shots and they did. That’s the bottom line. They completed plays and we didn’t. That was the difference in the game right there. It didn’t have anything to do with attitude or thinking that we had it in the bag or anything like that. They outplayed us the last five minutes. They won the game.”

DeMarcus Cousins’ performance…

“He played great down the stretch obviously. He made a three-point play to tie the game and he made a big shot with the free throws to put them ahead. He was good down the stretch.”

DeMarcus Cousins’ last play…

“It should have never come down to that. That’s my whole point. The game should have not come down to him making a shot like that to tie the game. We didn’t do what we needed to do to secure the win. In the NBA when you don’t do that that’s the end result.”


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Steve Nash

“It was a tough loss. We played really well for a good part of the game. I think even at the end of the game when they were scoring but they were still shooting 40 percent. We just stopped scoring. We missed layups. We missed open shots. We put ourselves in a tough position. That was really tough. It was a tough loss and we can’t give up, we gotta keep fighting.”

“I was looking back and I could have tried to be more aggressive and I feel like maybe I made a mistake. But you know they were trapping and we weren’t getting out of the double team. We were screening for open looks, we missed some and made some bad decisions. But we had really good looks down the stretch. When we don’t make them you look up and say I could have been more aggressive. We could have easily gone in and won by 10. We missed and now we lose so I’ll kick myself for it. But I felt like we have good shots most of the time.”

DeMarcus Cousins performance…

“He played well especially down the stretch. Great offensive rebounding tonight. He got some putbacks, some easy ones.”


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Kings Head Coach Paul Westphal

“That’s the kind of fourth quarter we like. Hard to describe it in words, but when the momentum shifted, it shifted our way, and it was great to be a part of that. It was really fun out there; guys making big shots, making big stops. Certainly, I don’t even know where to start in the talking about the great performances we got. Certainly, you have to look at DeMarcus (Cousins), but Omri (Casspi) and Carl (Landry) came off the bench and got double-figure rebounds, as well Omri hitting such a huge shot, Pooh (Jeter), I think, changed the tempo of the whole game, and Francisco Garcia was excellent from start to finish. Those were the guys that finished and the thing that I liked, as much as any of it, was Tyreke Evans was leading the cheers for those guys. I tried to put him back in game for defense, at one point, but he said, ‘No, no, don’t you break that up.’ It was great for out team to have that happen.”

On DeMarcus:

“He played virtually the whole fourth quarter with five fouls, at least a long stretch of it. He showed great poise tonight. His patience and his decision making were fantastic, and it was really a first-class performance by him.”

On the 19-2 run to close it out:

“That’s not strategy (chuckles), that’s just crazy to be able to do that. Our guys kept playing hard. It seemed like shooting 30 percent most of the whole first half, it just had to change at some point. And so, when you outrebound a team by almost 30 rebounds (it was 60-32), it’s astounding, but we just had a hard time making shots. But in the fourth quarter we just kept going and going inside. DeMarcus was punishing them inside, then finally hit a couple outside shots and then momentum was ours. When does momentum start, when does it stop? You can only tell that after the fact but we could feel the momentum (go our way); the players could feel it, the fans could feel it, and I think Phoenix could feel it.”

On defense:

“Well, it worked for us. We tried a few different things, we tried about everything, and it turned out still (Steve) that Nash was still eight-for-eight with 12 assists, but at the end we did a better job of taking it out of his hands, and when you do that you risk wide open three’s on the weak side, and they have great three point shooters. But, we gambled that way and it paid off.”


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Francisco Garcia

“I’m pretty good; my body feels good and no injuries. Sometimes I get a little scared when I hit the floor and stuff like that but I just feel scared, it’s nothing.”

On giving his teammates pep talks:

“I’ve been there, so I know how it is. Guys, they all want to play, they all want to contribute, so I’ve just got to let them know they’ve got to work for their time.”

When asked about their comeback in the game:

“I think it was Pooh (Jeter) on defense. Pooh came in there with a lot of energy, he pushed the ball and our defense in the fourth quarter was tremendous. We helped each other and we made some stops. It felt to get that many stops in a row in the fourth quarter.”


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Omri Casspi

“We got rolling when Pooh got in the game. I think Pooh pushed the tempo, got us open looks and put pressure on the defense. Obviously DeMarcus (Cousins) had a phenomenal game – he’s been playing great for the last three, four weeks and I’m just happy for him. When he’s a force in there like he is, they have to double team like we talked before. They have got to pick their poison- you know, where they’re going to bring the help at, either the top of the key or the weak side. And when you have shooters – for the first time this season we played with me and Francisco (Garcia) at the two and three, and Pooh or Tyreke at the one – I think it’s a great combination for us. We played like that a lot last year – but that’s a great combination when we have three great shooters outside putting pressure on the defense so that they can’t really help.”

On Coach Westphal allowing the team to continue the momentum with the lineup at the end of the game:

“This was the first time that we played that lineup and we’re one for one, so I feel good. It feels good. I’m just happy we had guys making plays and I told DeMarcus we made big plays on defense and I told him right when he got to the free throw line, ‘Everybody’s cheering right now but you take your time and breathe, take all the time in the world, knock them down.’ And he did down the stretch – he put all the pressure on the defense.”


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DeMarcus Cousins

“Most importantly it feels good to get the win. We put two together at home and we’ll try to bring another one when Atlanta comes in.”

On the fourth quarter:

“It was a great team effort down the stretch. We played smart, we played some great team defense and we got a lot of stops.”

On the 19-2 run at the end of the game:

“It’s our progress as a team. Like you said, two weeks ago we probably would have had 10 turnovers down the stretch and they would’ve shot 90 percent in the fourth quarter. But it was a great team effort.”


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