|Head Coach Alvin Gentry|
(On the slow start)
"We got off to a slow start, mainly because we turned the ball over. We have to do a better job of managing the basketball. As we talked about everyday in practice, the one thing we don’t have a defense for is if you’re going to turn the ball over in live turnovers – and by that I mean an opportunity to give the other team the run out."
(On offensive/defensive rotations)
"Normally, I would probably have Wesley Johnson in there. I just thought we needed a defensive presence, which is why I stuck PJ in there. I thought he gave us a great defensive lead. The whole second unit, I thought, did a good job and gave us a lift defensively."
(On the slow start)
"We got to play a lot more aggressive, a lot more focused, we have to come out with a lot more energy. We can’t play too cool. It’s not a ‘too cool’ team. Some it was their defense and some of it was us. The bench came in and did what it’s supposed to do: get the energy and guys back."
(On preseason growth)
"Yeah, I thought defensively we were a lot more active, especially with the second unit coming in. We killed them in rebounds and they still shot under 40 percent, I believe. Offensively we clicked on all cylinders."
(On chemistry with Dudley)
"That’s every night. We work together in practice, so our chemistry is really coming along, it’s a process. I mean, he shot the ball well tonight."
|Head Coach Keith Smart|
(On tonight's game)
"I wanted to give the group that started the chance to get off to a great start. I thought they did that, played very, very well. So I’m comfortable with the group that I started along with another guy coming out of that rotation. So I’m set with that, but I wanted to see some guys play some extended minutes and just let them know that it’s not as easy as you think it is."
(On the loss)
"We lost. That’s all that matters to me. I got a good sweat. It’s preseason. The players off our bench, other than our starters, could give us good minutes but other than that, it’s just preseason."
(On development and starting lineup)
"I’m happy with our development, but we obviously have a long way to go. I feel like we can get a lot better. I really want to continue to get better with each game. You need chemistry with all your teammates. That’s the coach’s decision, and I believe he’s just looking for a lineup to go with. Whoever is out there in the starting lineup, you have to go to battle."