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Postgame Quotes: Suns vs Blazers, Jan 14, 2011


Head Coach Alvin Gentry

Jared Dudley

Vince Carter

Nate McMillan

LaMarcus Aldridge

Wesley Matthews

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Head Coach Alvin Gentry

“This is a much needed win for us. I thought we played hard and competed. We still have to do a little better job on clearing rebounds…I thought we played hard. I thought we competed. I thought we found a way down the stretch to get a few baskets here and there to win the game.”

(On scoring against Portland)
“We’ve not scored 100 [points] on them this season. Even during the playoffs it was really hard to score on this team and to get a rhythm in play. Tonight I thought we kept forcing the issue and got the tempo up where we needed it to be. “

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Jared Dudley

(On the game’s effect on the locker room)
“I think it is big, I think it is a start, and I think we can build off this. That’s a good Portland team that beat us pretty well this season so to get this win at home and get the eight spot is great. You have to win the home games because now we go on this road trip and hopefully we can win most of them if not all of them. It’s definitely a beginning. ”

(On the bench)
“Goran being aggressive, myself shooting the ball pretty well, Hakim bringing a different dimension to the team helped bring more passion to the game. We played smarter and with that got a win.”

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Vince Carter

(On finding ways to win)
“That’s what it’s about right now, just trying to find ways to win. I think we persevered and found a way to get back in the game and give us a chance in the last five minutes. We were just playing together, making shots, making plays and regardless of mistakes, continued to play through it and fight hard for each other. ”

(On the tempo of the game)
“We got up and down the court; we did a better job of rebounding and being able to get in the open court. I think these were big things for us and the reason we were able to do the things we wanted to do.”

(On the importance of the game)
“It was an important game for us and this trip is an important trip for us. So we will just take it one game at a time and see what happens.

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Nate McMillan

“You need to get stops. They came down and Nash made some big shots, some big plays down the stretch with their pick and roll, had a couple buckets and a couple assists and 111 points is enough, should be enough to win a ball game, but defensively they shoot over 50 percent from the floor as well as from the three-point line.”

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LaMarcus Aldridge

“We needed to get more stops. We were scoring, we had a hundred and something points; you’re supposed to win the game, but we didn’t come up with any big stops. It seemed like they always made the big shot or made the big play when we needed it.”

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Wesley Matthews

“They’re a good team and they make runs like that. This game is a game of runs. We couldn’t get the necessary stops that we needed. We scored 111 points, which is plenty of points to win a game, and they just beat us with interior points in the paint.”

(On the fourth quarter)
“You just got to get stops, execute game plans. They adjusted on their end, and Steve Nash in pick and roll was tough. We tried to take away their easy dives, we switched up, and he comes and hits a big three on us. We execute on the other end and make free throws and we didn’t really dominate them in the paint like we should have.”

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