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Postgame Quotes: Suns vs Magic, 3/13/2011


Head Coach Alvin Gentry

Marcin Gortat

Aaron Brooks

Stan Van Gundy

Brandon Bass

Dwight Howard

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Head Coach Alvin Gentry

(On Brook’s performance)

“We want him (Aaron Brooks) to be a scorer. In the second half a little bit, he wanted to be a facilitator. He’s still learning guys—he’s still trying to figure out how to play in this system and trying to figure out the guys that he’s playing with. As I said, we’ve had three practices; two of them have been really short practices, just kind of review. So he hasn’t had but really one practice where we can run up and down and try to get him acclimated to what we are trying to do. I don’t blame him for that; I know he wants to do the right thing. He will continue to work, so to me, that’s the main thing that matters.

(On the team without Nash) “Steve (Nash) is the backbone of our team. I mean, obviously, he gets guys good looks and he creates situations where we have pace and rhythm and things like that. But we don’t have Steve, so we have to create that some other way. It has to come collectively. You know, everybody—we have to have someone step up. If you look at it, I thought Aaron (Brooks) did a really good job. But we have to have other guys that play above where they would normally play if you’re going to be successful against a team like that.


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Marcin Gortat

“It definitely wasn’t an easy game. We’ve got to find a way in the second half to be a more productive team and we’ve got to find a way to put the ball in the basket. Somebody’s got to really step in and do the dirty job. It was hard; they played pretty good defense and obviously it’s a very physical team, but still, we missed a lot of shots, we took a lot of contested shots and at the end of the day, I don’t really think we did what coach told us to do, so we’ve got to execute and be focused a little bit more. ”

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Aaron Brooks

(On getting accustomed to the team) “I’m still feeling it out. Finding out everybody, where they want the ball at, different spots, trying to figure out the offense; trying to watch Steve (Nash), see what he does and implement that, since this offense has been so successful. You pick up things here and there, but you’ve got to keep yourself and who you are, but I think in general, I just want to figure out what’s going wrong, the reason why we are losing games like this.”

(On taking too many jump shots) “I think we were just a little flat. I think with Dwight (Howard) in there, de does a great job protecting the paint, which makes you a jump-shooting team. You have to aggressively go at them sometimes and we didn’t do that. We settled for jump shots and we were missing.”


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Magic Head Coach Stan Van Gundy

(On Tonight’s Game)

“I thought we played well but they’re just a totally different team without Steve Nash. I thought Aaron Brooks was great today. He scored a lot but Steve Nash just sets everybody else up and gets everybody else playing. We’ve been fortunate in that we’ve played them twice and both times without Steve Nash and it’s just a whole different ball game. I think Jared Dudley’s comments were right, he may be more important to them than anybody else is to any team in the league. You look over the years how they’ve played when he’s out and, you know they’re a playoff team with him and they really struggle just to compete in games without him. You can’t overstate his value.”


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Brandon Bass

(On Tonight’s Game)

“We just usually come out slow and sluggish and tonight we wanted to come out with a lot more energy and intensity and I just think that’s what you saw tonight. The more they double, the more we get wide open shots and everybody just tries to take advantage of Dwight being doubled.”

(On so many familiar faces on the court)

“It was weird. At the free throw line, Vince was at the line and I was rooting for him, like good shot and I was about to go shake his hand but it is kind of weird. I’m excited that those guys have adjusted and are enjoying themselves.”


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Dwight Howard

“It was fun. To see Vince and Marc and MP, we’re just happy we got a win tonight. We knew we had to come here and get a win. We hadn’t won here since I’ve been in the NBA so that was our whole focus and it was a good win. My job is to dominated on both ends of the court and I like to get some blocks early just so they know they can’t come down the lane and that sets the tone. That’s how we’ve got to play, with a lot of energy and we have to keep it up the whole game.”

(On Marcin’s Play)

“I knew he was going to shoot all jump shots. Every day in practice, when he gets the ball it’s the first thing he does, he tries to shoot jump shots where ever he is, so I kind of figured he was going to come out tonight. His swag was on the building and he looked good so I’m happy for him.“


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