Alvin Gentry

Michael Beasley

Goran Dragic

George Karl

Kenneth Faried

Jordan Hamilton

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Head Coach Alvin Gentry

(On Defense and Effort)

"I thought we did a much better job defensively in the second half. The first half I thought we gave up too many 50-50 balls; we just aren’t getting our share of those. We have to do a better job in that department right there."

(On Beasley's Performance)

"Obviously Michael played well offensively and rebounded the ball well. That’s the kind of effort we have to get from him night-in and night-out. He can be a playmaker, also. We just have to get him to that point where we get that type of effort consistently."


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Michael Beasley

(On Tonight's Performance)

"I was just being aggressive. Coach has been telling me all preseason to be aggressive and be kind of selfish in taking my shots, and that’s what I was doing today. I was going out there with a mindset of a playmaker, but I was also taking what the defense was giving me."

(On Environment in Phoenix)

"The fact that they’re telling me the truth, they get mad when I don’t shoot; we’re still learning, we’re still gelling together. We took some steps forward in some departments and some steps backwards in others, but we just have to keep going and keep being aggressive."


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Goran Dragic

(On His 3-Point Shot)

"Well I’m trying to expand my range. I think if I can get the range a little bit farther it’ll help my team, and it’ll help my career. It was looking good before today’s game. We’ll see if I’ll be able to become efficient at that, and see if I can help the team this way."


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Head Coach George Karl

(On Resting His Starters)

"Exhibition season is over; it’s time to go to work. Offensively we don’t have a flow right now. I think the combinations on the court aren’t meshing very well. We did some good things and when we get our roles better identified when the season starts. We have a lot of good players that are trying to find out if they can help us, and I think we need to just shorten down and go to work."


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Kenneth Faried

(On Tonight's Game)

"Get better. Rebound more. Stay focused on the big goal. They’re on their home court, but we still have to take from this that we’ve got to get better as a team. I know we didn’t have everybody, but we’re going to get better each day. We’ll take them one day at a time and focus on what’s to come, and that’s the regular season on November first."


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Jordan Hamilton

(On Tonight's Game)

Obviously we didn’t play our starters and I think it was a chance for the young guys to see what we have. The last preseason game, we’re going to rest our starters because they’ll play a lot during the season. I think we just learned that we’ve got to cut back on our turnovers, we had 25 tonight. We’ve just got to play hard. I think we just got our worked in the end and that’s why they got the win."


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