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Postgame Quotes: Suns vs Hornets, Jan 30, 2011


Head Coach Alvin Gentry

Steve Nash

Grant Hill

Monty Williams

Chris Paul

Marcus Thornton

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Head Coach Alvin Gentry

(Opening statement) “It’s a great win for us. That’s a really good basketball team. Obviously I wish we could have closed the game out in the end, we played great but they made a couple of shots and we fouled them on a three point shot. That got the game close. I don’t want to take anything away from them. It was a great win for us against a really good basketball team.”

(On Gortat) “He got in foul trouble early but I think he’s getting better every day. He and Steve are developing a chemistry that I think is working of us. He has done a good job on the board. He has been a really physical rebounder for us, which we needed and he’s come up with some big plays for us at the end. I think he continues to get better and better.”

(On Dowdell) “I thought he did great. He’s going to go out and play. He’s not going to be afraid; he’ll play just like he would play in any other situation… I know he won’t play scared.”

(On setting goals) “We have to set short term goals and one of the short term goals we have is to try to get to .500 before the All-Star break. We will see what happens from there…We just have to keep plugging away at it. We still have a chance to control our own destiny, and as long as that’s the case we have to keep getting better and trying to win games.”

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Steve Nash

(On the last two games) “Well they’re big wins. We need to win no matter what. We got two quality wins, which is nice, but we’ve got to keep building and we’ll see what it means down the road.”

(On Marcin Gortat) “He’s playing great. He’s picking and rolling and catching and finishing and I try to make it as easy for him as I can. He’s improving every day; I think he’s getting more confident and more comfortable getting so many reps, so many opportunities. It’s a different game for him because he didn’t get a lot of opportunities in Orlando, so he’s improving every day and he’s becoming a big part of our team.”

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Grant Hill

(On the last two games) “We’re starting to play better; we’re starting to defend a little bit better. I think most importantly, we have belief in each other, especially these last two games. To come out and play well against these very good teams, we faced Boston and New Orleans, and to do it at home.”

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Hornets Head Coach Monty Williams

(On end of game) “It was a lot but it was too late. We had a lot of good stuff happen in the last few minutes of the game. The start of the game was the same thing we went through in Sac, the same thing that we saw in the final minutes of the Golden State game. And why we’re starting games like that is something I have to figure out. We have to play smarter. There are a couple of guys on our team that just have no idea what we’re doing and it’s costing us possessions. It puts our starting group and the guys that are playing hard and smart in a tough spot and I’m going to have to fix it. I’m going to have to sit some guys until they learn how to play the game the right way.”

“I thought they did a good job of setting screens and Gortat drove all night. We never put a body on him because we were so worried about the three point shooters and rightfully so. I think they went on a 15-5 run at the end of the half, they hit three threes and I thought that shook us up a bit and we didn’t do a good job of sticking with our defensive principals.”

Those are situations where the players should decide the game. We do our best to be precise and do our best and I think it should be up to all of us on the floor to make sure we get the calls right and tonight it was debatable. But when I came back and looked at it on film, the film doesn’t lie and it was obvious it was goal tending.”

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Chris Paul

(On end of game) “I think we showed a lot of fight. I don’t think last night had anything to do with last night. I think this game right here reminded me a lot of the New York Knick game; we couldn’t stop the pick and roll. It wasn’t anything special, it was pick and roll; drop pass, threes. When you play against a team like this, we play them every year, we usually beat Phoenix every time, you can’t give up both, you can’t give up layups and threes. You have to choose and we gave up a little bit of both. We fought back, gave ourselves an opportunity and we should be playing overtime right now. “

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Marcus Thornton

(On last shot) “Sometimes calls don’t go your way. It’s the NBA and I guess I have to get more experience to get that call. That’s the most hurtful thing; our guys fought it out to the end and to not get that call, that’s the hurtful thing. Life goes on, we have another one Tuesday. We’ll go back home and get ready for that one. It just didn’t go our way, there’s nothing we can do about it. We live and we learn.”

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