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Postgame Quotes: Suns vs Mavs, Feb 17, 2011


Head Coach Alvin Gentry

Channing Frye

Robin Lopez

Rick Carlisle

Shawn Marion

Dirk Nowitzki

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Head Coach Alvin Gentry

(On the team’s performance)

“At the end of the day, they made the plays down the stretch and we didn’t quite make them. We had shots that could have closed the gap and they didn’t quite get in the basket. We had stops a couple of times but they ended up getting the ball in the basket on second chance points. I thought we played hard and competed, but once again, we have nothing tangible to show for it.”

(On where the team is going into the All-Star Break)

“I think we are playing hard. I think we are inconsistent. I think that’s the thing that will hurt us most, but I think the effort is there night in and night out. I think we have guys that are not quitters. I believe in this team; we will come back after the All-Star break and we will play good basketball and we will find a way to make a run and get in the playoffs, and yes, we want to make the playoffs.”


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Channing Frye

(On the game)

“I felt like we played hard. We put up a 40-minute game, there were eight minutes there where we didn’t focus and execute. We can’t let Dirk (Nowitzki) get off to such a hot start, and that’s my fault. It’s the first time I’ve gone up against him, and coach gave me confidence, he just made tough shots. You just have to make it tough on him and, hey, he’s making tough shots, give credit to him. They executed and that’s why they’re a good team. ”

(On getting to .500 at the break)

“I think it’s fine. That’s like the minimum that we wanted. It’s like we have the minimum amount of flare, for all the Office Space fans. For us, it’s good. We’ve gone up some places, but we still want to get in the playoffs. It’s going to be a tough road ahead, but I have a lot of confidence in my team.”


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Robin Lopez

(On the game)

“Obviously, I think there’s a little bit of progress made from when we played (Dallas) earlier in the season. We would have liked to come away with a win. Like I said, when our shots weren’t falling, we needed to get some stops on the defensive end. That didn’t happen, so there’s some progress to be made. I think it’s still an encouraging sign.”

(On having fun)

“We’re a fun team, we’re an upbeat team. I think if I can tap into that mentality, that just takes a lot of weight off my shoulders.”


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Mavs Head Coach Rick Carlisle

(On Tonight’s Game)

“It was a struggle all night. We played last night and this is a tough team to play. I thought they keys to the game were Jason Kidd’s will got us through a lot of this. Nowitzki had a great game offensively and I thought Stevenson’s minutes were critical for us in the second half. I thought the five points he had came at a critical time and helped us finish the game. It’s a great win for us and we take some momentum into the break.”


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Shawn Marion

(On Tonight’s Game)

“It’s a long season. You have to capitalize on the opportunities you get. There’s going to be some ups and downs through the whole season and as long as you stay more positive than negative moments then you’re going to be good. We had some big stops. We took them out of what they wanted to do and went on to close the game out. It’s a matter of picking your spots and making things happen when opportunities come up.”


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Dirk Nowitzki

(On Tonight’s Game)

“It was great. We had to grind it out and they made a heck of a run there in the second half and kept making plays. They kept pushing the lead down and it was a heck of a ball game down the stretch and we came through with some big rebounds. Tyson was great in there and we made enough plays to win. It’s definitely a fun way to go into the break. Now looking back the Denver game really hurts; we could have been sitting on a nice little winning streak. We had a little down there at the beginning of January but we’re playing well again and we have to stay healthy now and it should be a fun run in the second half of the season.”


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