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Postgame Quotes: Suns @ Mavericks - April 10, 2011


Alvin Gentry

Steve Nash

Rick Carlisle

Jason Terry

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Suns Head Coach Alvin Gentry

“Well we got off to a bad start and we were never in the game. They shot the ball well and we couldn’t come up with baskets and couldn’t come up with shots. That’s what the game was.”

(On the slow start)
"They made shots and we didn’t make shots. When you do that you’re going to get behind. We were on our heels right from the start. That’s what the game was.


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Suns guard Steve Nash

(On not being close to 100% physically)
“No, I have a hamstring that I’m struggling with a little bit among other things. So, I didn’t want to push it, especially when we weren’t in the game. So, it is what it is.”

(On energy at the start of the game…)
“Yeah, it was not a very good performance by us from start to finish. We lacked energy, and passion, and got what we deserved.”

(On in being hard not making the playoffs)
“Yeah, of course; you’re not playing for anything, it’s difficult, but at the same time there’s no excuse. You’ve got to come out every night and play hard.”

(On coming back to Dallas)
“Yeah, when it means something. We’ve been out of it [the playoffs] for a little while. I think a part of it is that when you’re out of it there’s a downfall; you’re in there shooting and you’re turned off mentally just a touch and you miss shots you normally make, and it’s hard. It’s hard when you’re not playing for anything to try and make it count. We haven’t done a good job of that and it’s up to us try to finish these last two games on a positive note.”


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Mavericks Head Coach Rick Carlisle

“Jason Kidd played; that helped a lot. I thought everyone played well. We didn’t always make shots, but we played hard and played together, and we had good balance. All those things are important.”

(On team's performance in the last two games)
“From the 2nd quarter of the Clippers game going forward, there has been consistency, efficiency, and we’ve just had an edge that we need to have.”

(On Kidd’s performance)
“He just played his normal game: ran the team, distributed the ball, hit open shots, was in the middle of a lot of positive scramble plays. It makes a difference when he’s out there for sure.”

(On Terry’s performance)
“Terry had a great game—well-balanced in terms of he penetrated, he found people, he made shots that we needed him to make. But his overall game is really what impressed me.”


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Mavericks guard Jason Terry

“Well we knew Phoenix can be a tough team to play, but it’s more important than who we are playing it’s more about how we are playing as a team and tonight you saw how good we can play when we play as a team. Running up and down and playing in the flow is a key for us and we really had a great rhythm to our game tonight and it made for a blowout.

“We got over the four game losing streak, we’re past it and the playoffs are approaching fast so every moment is going to be intense especially out there on the floor. Last year we got put out in the first round, but this year we don’t see that happening and if we got out and play Mavericks basketball every second while we’re out there on the floor we’re looking at a long run.”


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