Postgame Quotes: Suns vs Clippers - Dec. 8, 2012


Suns Head Coach Alvin Gentry

Suns Center Jermaine O'Neal

Suns Forward Michael Beasley

Vinny Del Negro

Blake Griffin

Chris Paul

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Suns Head Coach Alvin Gentry

RE: Today’s loss
“The game was lost with 64 points in the paint and 20 turnovers for 30 points. That was happening before the fourth quarter. They made a run in the fourth quarter where they started out 15-2 and that didn‟t help us either. We have to take better care of the ball and we have to be able to execute. I told the guys I appreciate the effort and intensity that they played with, but we have to be able to execute. But a lot of the credit goes to the Clippers; they have a hell of a basketball team.”

RE: 6- game losing streak
“I am not super concerned with it. It is what it is and the guys will play through it. If we are going to get out of this, we have to work our way out of it. In this league no one feels sorry for you. It is not a pity league. If you‟re down and you want to get yourself out of it, then you have to work yourself out of it. We have to do it collectively as a group: coaches and players and all others involved. We have to be the ones to work ourselves out of this losing streak.”

RE: Stopping the Clippers bench
“I said it already, we have to stop the turnovers and slow down their bench. It is like what I said pre-game, their bench is what got them separation not their starters. It was Matt [Barnes], [Eric] Bledsoe, Lamar [Odom], [Ronny] Turiaf, and Jamal [Crawford] when they went on their run; there was not one starter on the floor when that happened.”


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Suns Center Jermaine O'Neal

RE: Today’s loss
“They made shots, and that is the object of basketball. Whoever puts the ball in the hole the most is going to win and that is what they did.”

RE: Team’s turnovers
“The hardest thing to do when things are going rough is get ourselves out of our funk. We have to find a way to respond and then we have to be able to win. Sometimes it takes a win to kid of turn the tables a little bit and we have to figure out a way by tomorrow how to do that.”


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Suns Forward Michael Beasley

RE: Not starting tonight
“I have been coming off the bench my whole career: my rookie year and last year in Minnesota. Coach is just trying to find a solution right now because we are in a losing streak. He is trying to find a solution to keep us all in the game, and not just keep us in the game, but find a way for us to win games.”

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Clippers Head Coach Vinny Del Negro

RE: Overall thoughts on tonight’s game
“Thank the bench, because our starters are struggling. They got us off to a bad start again. I was disappointed with that. I didn‟t think our energy defensively was very good. But Lamar [Odom], Eric [Bledsoe], Matt [Barnes] and obviously Jamal [Crawford] got going for us. He was aggressive, made some shots. Overall, our bench won the game for us.”

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Clippers Center Blake Griffin

RE: Turnaround in the game
“4th quarter was the biggest bright spot for us. The bench did a great job. Like I said over and over, it started with defense. We got 5 stops in a row and got into an 11-point lead. Then we came from there so we owed them a lot.”

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Clippers Guard Chris Paul

RE: The depth of the bench
“It‟s very unique. Every team in the league would love to have what we have. Teams usually have one or two dynamic players that come of their bench, but we come in with a group of starters. Blake [Griffin] and DJ [DeAndre Jordan] are the most athletic combination of big men in our entire league. And it‟s huge to be able to bring in L.O. [Lamar Odom] and Ronny [Turiaf] and [Ryan] Hollins, who know who they are and know how to play the game the right way.”

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