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Postgame Quotes: Suns @ Clippers, 3/20/2011


Head Coach Alvin Gentry

Mickael Pietrus

Vince Carter

Vinnie Del Negro

Eric Gordon

Chris Kaman

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Head Coach Alvin Gentry

“We have to play under control and have a little poise down the stretch. We knew they were going to be physical. When you are trying to catch up and you are behind you are going to be a lot more aggressive.”

“That was one hell of a dunk. I don’t care if it was a charge. That might be as impressive of a dunk as I have seen in the NBA in 23 years. I think that was the best dunk he’s had since he was in the league.”

“He really does do a great job. At his age and what we ask him to do, it is unbelievable. We ask him to guard Eric Gordon, who to me is one of the most underrated players in the league, as a scorer and for the pressure he puts on you, and Grant [Hill] just does a great job on him.”


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Mickael Pietrus

“Keep our focus on the game. You know, we are on the road and all that we need to do is stay focused because we’ve been playing well throughout the game. And that’s what we did, and we got a win.”

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Vince Carter

RE: Coach Alvin Gentry’s advice in the 3rd Quarter

“Just to stay focused and stay in it. Each game we play is very big for us, so we wanted to close out the game. We’ve done great jobs of creating leads and not so good a job of closing out games. We knew they were going to attack and the fans were in it, so for us, [Coach Gentry] just wanted us to stay focused, keep attacking, and keep taking care of the ball.”

RE: Western Conference Playoff Battle

“Everyone knows about [the playoff battle]. But, I’m not very good at stat-watching and all that. For me, I think we just need to keep winning games and everything will take care of itself.”


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Clippers Head Coach Vinnie Del Negro

“We struggled scoring in the fourth quarter. We were fortunate in the first half to only be down a few points. But then they made a run in the second half. They got down to the free throw line, they attacked the basket. Grant [Hill] and Steve [Nash] aren’t going to beat themselves. They have a team and they’re going to get everybody else involved.”

Re: The Effort of the Clippers

“I thought our effort was better today, to be honest with you, than it was yesterday, but our execution wasn’t well enough. Even though we had 24 assists, we got a lot of those on the break. I was happy we started attacking the basket in the second half. We kept it close, but they just went on a bit of a run. We couldn’t respond enough with the turnovers and things of that nature.”

Re: The Play of the Suns

“You’re not going to win a lot of games giving up 108 points. We have to out rebound teams and out work teams right now. We did statistically in some areas, but overall they made us pay because Steve [Nash] is so good. He’s seen all of the different coverages. [The Suns] have been together for a while and they put a lot of pressure on you.”


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Eric Gordon

RE: The Suns’ Defense

“[The Suns] just played pretty good defense. They did not want us to get in the paint. They doubled a lot. Every time I tried to come off of a screen, they were right there and things just didn’t go our way today.”

RE: Playing on the Back-to-Back Days

“I was really drained. I didn’t have a good game. We played yesterday, even though I don’t want to use that as an excuse for us losing, but I was really drained out there. I just couldn’t get into a rhythm.”


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Chris Kaman

RE: Blake Griffin Fouling Out

“It was unfortunate. We just have to continue to play. There’s nothing we can do about it, they’re not going to change the call. We just have to play the rest of the game out. There’s nothing you can do, especially when Steve Javie makes a call, he’s the head official, it’s not going the other way. Unfortunately that’s what happened, but what are you going to do?”

RE: Blake Griffin

“He’s such a talented player. He’s gifted physically. He’s had a monster rookie year. He’s prevailing, but tonight he was just frustrated. It was his competitiveness. He’s so competitive. He hates losing and he always wants to win. I can see his point of view, but at the same time we have to learn how to control ourselves. But then again, no one wants to sit down when their team is losing with four or so minutes left to go.”


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