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Postgame Quotes: Suns vs Raptors, 3/23/2011


Head Coach Alvin Gentry

Channing Frye

Aaron Brooks

Jay Triano

Leandro Barbosa

Andrea Bargnani

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Head Coach Alvin Gentry

“Channing (Frye) and Marcin (Gortat) are about to kill me—I think Channing has played 90 minutes in the last two nights or something like that. But I thought it was our best win of the year, really. That was a total team effort right there. .. I thought everybody that came in did a little something to help the team and that’s what was really good about it... After last night and the emotional drain, then coming away with nothing really tangible to show for the effort that we gave, I just thought it was great to come back and put in that kind of effort and be able to win the game. ”

(On Aaron Brooks) “Aaron is still trying to find himself. I think he is a lot more comfortable. I mean one of the things I’ve got to do for him is that—I call a lot of plays sometimes when he is in there; I think I’ve got to let him call plays that he feels comfortable with, where he’s seeing what’s going on. I think he’s a lot more comfortable doing that and has a lot better feel, if I kind of let him run the show when he is in there. I did that when he went in the second time and I thought he did a really good job. ”


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Channing Frye

“I think this was a better win. This was a good team. Guys stepped up. Aaron Brooks hit a good shot, Jared Dudley finally had a dunk. Josh Childress gave us good minutes. Steve hit a big shot down at the end.”

(On the rotation)

“With Grant Hill leaving our rotation got even smaller. I felt like coach did a good job of making sure that guys got rotated in and that guys were feeling confident while in the lineup. It shows that guys are ready to step up.”


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Aaron Brooks

(On his comfort level)

“Everybody that stepped in had an opportunity to do something. As a team we did well. I just wanted to be aggressive like coach asked me to be; play hard and get it done.”

(On the bench’s role)

“Coach told us to be ready, I didn’t realize that it was going to be that soon, but I tried to provide a little spark and get it close enough for our starters to come in and finish it off.”


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Raptors Head Coach Jay Triano

(On the fourth quarter)

“We didn’t make any shots. They went zone and we had open looks and didn’t make them, and we didn’t move the ball particularly well, but we still had open looks and didn’t make them. And this is a team that makes threes. We shoot a better percentage than them, we out-rebound them and they (Phoenix) made three-point shots and that’s what this team does. ”

(On Phoenix’s zone defense)

“When they went zone it took us out of any flow that we had, and we had a bunch of guys off the bench in the game at that point and then our starters came in, but I think DeMar (DeRozan) went one of five or two of five, Sonny (Weems) went one of five, Andrea (Bargnani) makes one field goal in the fourth quarter, so those are guys that we need to step up and score a little bit for us and we didn’t get it in the fourth. Overall, until they went zone, we were doing alright.”


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Leandro Barbosa

(On Phoenix’s defense)

“I think we didn’t do a great job on the offense, especially (against) the zone. We couldn’t score and that gave them opportunities to score a couple threes and a couple twos. But I think we did a pretty decent job until the end of the game. We just didn’t know down shots that we should and they took over.”

(On the game)

“We always can try and get better (looks at the basket). We always can do more than we do in each game, so we know we could have won this game. We should definitely do a better job on offense and defense because they were tired, they didn’t have Grant Hill. So, I think it was a good opportunity for us to finish the game well. Unfortunately it didn’t come our way. They are experienced, they did a better job, we couldn’t score and they took over.”


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Andrea Bargnani

(On having good looks at the basket)

“When you start missing two or three (shots), maybe we have to try and go a little bit more inside, but it’s not like force inside, it was good looks we just didn’t make them.”

(On learning from these kinds of games)

“Every game, you have to learn, but still I think I think it’s so many games. They are playing to be in the playoffs too, so they did that last effort and we couldn’t be there with them.”


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