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Postgame Quotes: Suns vs Mavericks, March 27, 2011


Alvin Gentry

Marcin Gortat

Jared Dudley

Rick Carlisle

Jason Kidd

Tyson Chandler

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Suns Head Coach Alvin Gentry

(Opening statement)
“We played with great effort, I thought—did a good job and had a great start. We just weren’t quite able to maintain and then we couldn’t come up with shots at the end of the game. Dirk (Nowitzki) made a couple of really big shots. But more so than anything, he forces you to double him; he found Jason Kidd on a really big three. The effort was there, we just can’t quite offensively generate offense down the stretch. For us, that’s really where the game is lost.”

(On the game)
“At the end of the day, we got beat by a really good basketball team. If you look at their record and take away the six straight games they lost when Dirk (Nowitzki) was out, their record would be as good as anybody’s in the NBA. In order to beat that team, you have to play at a really, really high level—we were one for 16 from three; that’s not who we are. As I said, we did a great job defensively—at the end of the night, they shoot 38 percent. But we can’t find a way to generate enough offense to be able to win.”

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Suns Center Marcin Gortat

(On the game)
“Tough loss, after this game I don’t think we’re going to be talking about playoffs this year anymore. To win a game like that, we’re going to need the whole team to bring energy and bring toughness, and a lot of guys today didn’t have really good nights, so we just got to play through it. Tough game, we were competing for 35 to 40 minutes and the last couple minutes we actually were not able to score enough and we gave up a couple of easy possessions on defense. ”

(On defending Dirk Nowitzki)
“I think Grant (Hill) did a tremendous job. He stopped him from the beginning and later on I tried to give him a little break and he had maybe two, three tough shots. I had maybe two, three good stops. He’s a very good basketball player and his high release is just incredible. You have a feeling you are going to block the shot and then all of the sudden it’s just swish, clean basket. Still, I don’t think Dirk (Nowitzki) was the problem today.”

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Suns Guard Jared Dudley

(On starting)
“Just your approach, for me it’s a mindset coming in off the bench; I try to bring a lot of energy, try to be a spark. When you are a starter you just try to let it flow. You just take what the defense gives you. Defensively, I wanted to get up into (Jason) Kidd and pressure him and make their offense start farther out than they’re accustomed to. But at the end of the day you just have to play basketball.”

(On poor three-point shooting)
“It happens. Still out of the whole 82 (games), we can go (have a) 14 for 22 game one game. You very rarely see us go this bad. With that being said, I think it was a tie game with three or two minutes left. Defensively we got after it. (Jason) Kidd just hit two big shots and you tip your hat to him for making them.”

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Mavericks Head Coach Rick Carlisle

(On Team’s Defense)
“I thought the defense was pretty solid the whole game. Twenty six and twenty three is a good defensive half against these guys. They’re a sophisticated and highly skilled offensive team and they’re in a desperate mode right now and they’re trying to win every game so I liked our defense the whole way and in the second half in particular. Both teams played at a high level of aggression. It was very physical and the game had a great meaning. These kinds of game come down to will and toughness and I give our guys a lot of credit. Our shots weren’t falling all night. We struggled with turnovers early and to just hang in and come in to huddles and talking about how we’re going to get it done, that’s progress for us and we’ve just got to keep building on that.”

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Mavericks Guard Jason Kidd

(On Late three point shots)
“The first one I had no choice, the shot clock was about to go off. I just took my time and it went in, that’s all. The second one I was shooting it all the way if Dirk was going to give it to me. I was just hoping he was going to give me the ball and give me that opportunity and that’s what he’s been doing all season, trusting his team mates. We made big shots but the big thing is we played defense down the stretch which gave us that opportunity to make shots down the stretch. Our defense has won us games all year and we’re getting close to the next season so we’re tightening up our defense and make or miss, you have to be able to play defense in the playoffs.”

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Mavericks Center Tyson Chandler

(On team’s defense)
“The last coupler of games our defense has had to really step up and we’ve had to challenge ourselves. Tonight, shooting 38% from the field and still being able to beat a good offensive team and being able to hold them to 83 points is a huge accomplishment for us. We had to buckle down and understand what it was going to take for us to win and not just win now but what it’s going to take when it’s critical and that’s going to be our defense. Of late we’ve been out there communicating better and as long as we’re communicating it makes things a lot easier for us all. ”

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