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Postgame Quotes: Suns at Spurs, January 15, 2012


Head Coach Alvin Gentry

Marcin Gortat

Grant Hill

Gregg Popovich

Tony Parker

Richard Jefferson

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Head Coach Alvin Gentry

(On the game)

“It was an uphill battle. The game would’ve been an even game if we would’ve put ourselves in an opportunity to make it interesting. Once again, we dug ourselves a hole as we spend most of our time trying to get ourselves out of it... Tim [Duncan] played great tonight and when you’re in a place like that it’s really tough to beat. You have to make a decision as they have shooters all around him, so you can’t really go out and double-team him as he played great and made some plays.”

(On the performance of Nash and Gortat)

“Yeah, they played great as Marcin [Gortat] is getting better and Steve [Nash] had a lot of zip tonight though he’s still not feeling great. I thought he played well as I thought at the end he ran out of gas a little bit as he also got hit. I thought we did a great job of reading situations in the game and using the pick and roll at appropriate times with Steve making the shot. We’re still not shooting it like we’re capable of and we’re not scoring like we’re capable of, but the shots were there. We just have to get the confidence to step up and knock them down.”

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Marcin Gortat

(On matching-up against Tim Duncan)

“Obviously playing against Tim Duncan is a huge challenge as he’s one of the best post guys currently in the NBA, if not one of the best. It’s always a pleasure to play against him as it’s always great to compete against him. I’m always learning something new from each game I play against him.”

(On his offensive performance)

“First of all, I don’t think I had a great offensive game. I missed a lot of shots that I usually make as I started really bad and really slow. I started out 0-4 as I had to figure it out as Nash continued to pass me the ball so I had to find a way to score. I tried to be more aggressive and tried to put the ball on the ground as I knew in that aspect, Tim Duncan couldn’t keep up with me. Over time, I tried to make him tired and tried to make him aggressive.”

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Grant Hill

(On what the Suns can do better on defense)

“We had been doing well defensively and offensively we weren’t at our best. Going into tonight’s game, they put a lot of pressure on you. Defensively, I think we could’ve made a couple changes here and there, such as not leaving Bonner to make an open three and things like that. For the most part it wasn’t too bad as offensively we are just not in a good rhythm and groove yet as hopefully that will come sooner then later.”

(On how he felt during the game)

“I felt fine. The legs felt good, I was running well and the knee felt good.”

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Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich

(On the play of Tim Duncan and Steve Nash)

“Timmy and Steve are two good examples of people taking care of their bodies, that’s for sure. They’re trim, cut and slim. They watch what they eat and they take care of themselves. You can see it really shows on both of them.”

(On Tony Parker's performance)

“Tony, especially without Manu, it’s important for him to stay as aggressive as he has been. He’s playing defense and he’s busting his butt. When you’re the point guard and you’re handling the ball and you’re guarding somebody like Nash, so much of it is on your shoulders.”

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Tony Parker

(On keys to the Spurs’ victory over the Suns)

“We had to follow the ball and play great defense, which is tough against Steve Nash when he plays the pick and roll. Overall we did a great job not giving up three’s when we usually let up around 21 attempts a game. We did a great job covering that and on Steve [Nash] and [Marcin] Gortat, we did the best we could.”

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Richard Jefferson

(On Tim Duncan’s play)

“I always think he has ‘it,’ even on the nights he doesn’t have it. I think it’s amazing how he gets all of those rebounds, blocks and he’s just good on defense. He’s always doing a lot of things that probably never show up in the stat sheet.”

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