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Postgame Quotes: Suns @ Timberwolves - April 6, 2011


Alvin Gentry

Steve Nash

Aaron Brooks

Kurt Rambis

Wesley Johnson

Martell Webster

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Suns Head Coach Alvin Gentry

“I thought we shot the ball well. Our shot selection was good. We did a good job and a lot of it came on dribble penetration. We passed on some shots that were there but they (Wolves) did a good job of closing out hard. We desperately needed a win. It is good to close out the year on a good note.”

(On Gortat)
“When he has gotten extended minutes, he has been getting double-doubles for us. We have been happy with him and the progress he has made since we got him. This is the first time he has had the opportunity to play extended minutes.”

(On end of season)
“It is tough when you know that you aren't going to be in the playoffs. But you have to have some motivation. For us, we still have the opportunity to have a non-losing season.”


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Suns guard Steve Nash

“It is nice to win games and have something positive to end the season.”

(On getting to .500
“It is better than not. It would be great if we can do it.”

(On Brooks)
“When he has his jumper going it gives us a big lift. He can be an explosive scorer.”

(On season)
“We have five players left from the team that went to the conference finals. It is a different team. We haven't been able to find the chemistry.”


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Suns guard Aaron Brooks

“Just trying to get comfortable and give Steve a rest. The guy plays a lot of minutes and I just wanted to give him a break and the only way to do that is by playing well.

“I wish it could have been a different situation; going to the playoffs. I feel like it is a good team and something to build on.

“Games are the best practice right now.”


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Timberwolves Head Coach Kurt Rambis

"I thought our guys put a good effort in for the ball game. Trying to defend Steve Nash and (Aaron) Brooks in pick-and-roll situations is very difficult and I thought our guys sometimes got confused as to who was the help guy, who was the rotate guy because they keep putting different people in different positions. But when you give up 56 points in the paint it's real difficult to get stops. Also some of our defensive deficiencies came from not knowing personnel, not playing guys the right way and that's just experience in some of our guys guarding different people. But I liked their effort. I liked the way the guys played, they played hard out there."

(On pick and rolls)
"Pick-and-rolls have been around as long as I can remember there's a reason that they're involved in the game: they're very difficult to stop, especially when a team that puts a big out there at the four posdition that can make outside shots. That puts a lot of pressure... particularly when you have someone like Steve Nash who you might shock once or twice with how you are playing it, but he's going to figure it out. He's seen it all. There's a reason that it's executed and a reason that it's very difficult when you have teams that move the basketball and can space the floor and you have quality decision-makers.

"Another thing that caused us problems again is that we're getting good looks, we're getting wide-open shots, but when the shots don't fall you can just see the confidence go out of our guys. And that always causes us a problem. They get frustrated and it has an impact on the defensive end. They're not energized on the defensive end and you can't have that combination. That always spells trouble for us."


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Timberwolves forward Wesley Johnson

"I think most of the points came in the paint. They got a lot of lobs, a lot of second chance points, so I think that's what really hurt us. As far as us getting out to the shooters and stuff, I think we took that away. I think we did a good job with that, so it was just the second chance points and the points in the paint."

(On Gortat's game)
"He did. I think all the probing that the guards were doing, and then they'd hit him at the last and he was like 10 feet away from the basket. It was a little touch shot for him. So it was very difficult to get out and stop the guards, get out and stop the shooters and then him lurking around the rim, so it was kind of difficult and they did a good job of that. We've got to do a better job next time."

(On his rookie season)
"I learned a lot this first year. As far as mentally, just trying to stay ready, stay positive with everything when I come into the game. I think that this whole year for me was a good experience. I just I look at it was a blessing just to be at this level, play with the guys I play with and then the teammates that I have. I really think this was a really good year for me."


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Timberwolves forward Martell Webster

"It doesn't resonate with me. I've been through this before. You win games, you lose games. You win more games than you lose, and everything's good. You lose more games that you win, and they compare you to the team that held the last standing last game. It's just one of those things that you just don't listen to. Don't listen to it. Don't pay attention to the media. I probably won't even read this in the paper tomorrow because it's just something that I don't need to look at. I'm not focusing on that. What I'm doing right now is I'm focusing on what I can do, and how I can help make the team better these last three games, so that's what it's all about for me.

"I don't care what people say. That's their opinion. I don't think that. All I know is that I want my guys to get it, to understand what it takes to win. Once you taste that success, you're always hungry for it. You have a taste for it."

(On young guys losing)
"Don't coach them too hard. You can't do that. Young guys are going to be young guys. That's the thing. Who's going to get it faster? That's just how it is. That's how young guys are. Egos. We all know that. All young guys want to be the top scorers in the league. They don't understand what it takes to win. You've got to let them flesh that out. That's the part of drafting on potential, because they know what players can become and what they think they will become. Right now, you've got to let them be young because if you coach them too much they become robots and then all of a sudden you deplete the potential. Let them do what they've got to do. Just hope they get it out of their system fast because then you can move on."


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