Postgame Quotes: Suns vs. Thunder - October 19, 2012


Suns Head Coach Alvin Gentry

Suns Forward Wesley Johnson

Suns Guard Kendall Marshall

Solomon Jones

Scott Brooks

Kevin Durant

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Suns Head Coach Alvin Gentry

Opening statement:
“We learned tonight that we are competitive. We play hard and we compete. I think the other things we can work on and get better at. Obviously the rebounding thing we will work on. Really after 10 minutes into the game we did a good job in the rebounding department. They’re just a great team. I like the fact that we had some substitute guys in there in the third quarter and I think that they held their own up until the last couple minutes of the quarter when they made some 3’s and got us in rotation. But I was happy overall with the effort. The guys that we had to take a look at, they really played well. Solomon Jones and what he did - he got a double-double and I thought that Ike [Diogu] had some good plays and [Luke] Zeller hit some shots. And Diante [Garrett] played really well. It was just good to see those guys play against some good competition. We played against a great team and Kevin [Durant] and those guys played a lot of minutes out there. Every guy we put in there tonight did something really positive. We’ll have to take a good look at them, because in practice all of those guys play extremely hard and do a good job. I was happy. I thought Diogu did a good job the few minutes that he was in there. We competed and I think that’s a good start for us. I think that this starting group has been doing really well for us.”

On Solomon Jones:
"He had a lot of the board, and that’s something we really need to look at. See what he brings to the table for us."

On the PJ Tucker:
"We wanted to see him guard Kevin Durant and see what he could do there. But we got caught in rotation and our big guys got strung out. We had to give up a dunk or get back to Kevin from too much of a distance. Everyone did a great job. They worked extremely hard in practice and no one did anything to make us change our mind about who we thought they were when we brought them to camp."


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Suns Forward Wesley Johnson

On his 15 points:
"I was just out there to help the team win. I positioned myself in my shooting spot and my teammates found it. So I took the open shot and just worked on being aggressive."

On preseason games:
"We are really just trying to get our chemistry down going into the real season. We are just trying to get all of the kinks out of our defensive rotations and making sure we pass the ball around as an offense. Our main goal is to get the team better as a unit."


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Suns Guard Kendall Marshall

On the preseason:
"I’m just out there trying to learn the team. The game is starting to slow down, and I’m getting a better feel for the offense. It’s just a matter of trying to get guys shots and being successful."

On the difference between the NBA and college:
"The physicality has been big. I think that it is important to fight through screens and really help the big guys out. The main thing for me is just getting over the screen as fast as possible. It is a lot different than college. I played a lot more than I will in the regular season, but I’m used to that from playing 35 minutes a game in college. Playing for small 5 to 10 minute spurts will take getting used to."

On Russell Westbrook:
"He’s really a different type of player. He’s quick and built like a rock. He is the type of player I have to get used to, but it gives me a good gauge of where I am and where I want to be."


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Suns Forward Solomon Jones

On his double-double:
"It is difficult coming off the bench for that, but coaches preach to us about staying ready. It’s all about being a professional, and when your number is called you just have to be ready. That’s what I was trying to do out there tonight. As long as you be ready and bring energy that sort of stuff will just find you."

On the preseason:
"We are all out here battling. Coach says to never come last, offensively and defensively. If I do that, I can do well out there and help the team win some games. I can’t afford to not come out with energy. So I got the six offensive boards, and that just leads to some easy points. This preseason is too important to play hesitantly. We are all out here battling and trying to make the team. You can’t go wrong picking anyone because we are all out here battling and energy finds the winners."


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Thunder Head Coach Scott Brooks

Opening statement:
"It definitely got physical out there. I wanted our guys to keep getting better and keep improving on the things we worked on and I thought we did a great job passing the basketball. Hopefully we continue that trend. I think we had 34 assists so we are moving in the right direction. As far as the physical part of the game, we are a tough team, a defensive team and sometimes those things will happen but that is not what we do."

On different combinations in third quarter:
"I liked a couple combinations. I like the combinations where we can switch a lot of screen and have in-bound action. We can have Serge (Ibaka) at the five and Kevin (Durant) at the four and mix up the lineups out there. I think Cole (Aldrich) and Nick (Collison), was good at the end, (Hasheem) Thabeet was good in the third quarter and I thought Russell (Westbrook) was good all night. He really facilitated the offense and got everyone involved with 12 assists."

Energy from crowd:
"It is great! It is a fantastic building and the energy is good. The players appreciate it and hopefully the fans enjoy watching our players compete."


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Thunder Forward Kevin Durant

On the atmosphere:
"It was fun, it was fun. We missed last year because of the lockout, but to come here to play in front of Tulsa fans that really support us was special tonight and the crowd was unbelievable and it kind of willed us to the win. To come out tonight and show a lot of support means a lot and I’m never going to forget it. It’s a great venue to play at. Guys came out and played hard and I’m glad we got the win."

On the toughness displayed tonight:
"We showed a lot. We had tough stretch at the end of the second and third quarters, we kind of turned it up a bit on the defensive end. We got good shots. We’re moving the ball around really well and I’m excited about that. We’re going to come out and play hard, play scrappy, for 48 minutes and we’ve got guys that are going to do that. We just got to continue to keep getting better."


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