Lindsey Hunter

Goran Dragic

PJ Tucker

Kevin McHale

James Harden

Chandler Parsons

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Head Coach Lindsey Hunter

(Opening statement)

“That was a tough, tough fought game for us. Those guys have unbelievable firepower. James Harden, what can you say, he is the real deal. I thought our guys fought tooth and nail to make every basket for him tough and he continued to score. I thought Haddadi was a great neutralizer for us; he was phenomenal in the middle. Our guards, Tucker and Marcus, they fought hard and Harden still ended up with 38 points and 8 assists. But we got the win and we have to continue to get better and figure out how we can stop guys from shooting this way against us. But we will take the win and continue to work and get better.”

(On the bench)

“That was what we are looking for. Guys were really doing a good job on pressing up on ball-handlers and in spite of that they still made some very tough shots, some close threes and contested threes. I think by us creating turnovers, getting to the open court and really driving the ball to the rim we gave ourselves an advantage.”

(On Jared Dudley)

“We want him to be more creative. We don’t want him to just resort to being a spot-up shooter and I think that he can do that. I think that he is real clever and uses his body well and he did that tonight. He scored in a variety of ways other than just spot-up shots. I told him before the game that anytime he got open I wanted him to shoot the ball. I think that last night he was a little hesitant and I sensed that so I challenged him to do better and to embrace his role whatever it is. I see him as a crucial piece to what we are trying to build and that is a championship culture.”


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Goran Dragic

(On the game)

“We were focused, we made some tough shots and on defense we were solid. We knew what James Harden can do but they were really hard to defend. They have like four perimeter guys that can shoot and they set pick and rolls with Asik and for a big guy he can pass too and if he rolls you have to help and they look for the week-side and they had open shots. In the end they made some tough shots but we were focused and we made some big shots too.”

(On Jared Dudley and the bench)

“He was our true point guard. He had eight assists. He was doing everything. When we needed him to score he was scoring and when they double teamed him he would find the open guy and he did this from the bench. He was the player of the game.”


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PJ Tucker

(On getting key stops)

“You know that they are going to make some shots. They have the most three-pointers in the league this year so you know you are not going to be able to stop all of them but we just had to try and rebound after their misses and try to put the pressure back on them. I think that we did a good job of that tonight.”

(On the end of the season)

“I think that the trying to create winning culture is the focus now. As we get close to the end of the season where we are probably not going top make the playoff so now we try to win as many games as we can and keep progressing as a team and as an organization.


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Head Coach Kevin McHale

(On offensive rebounds and turnovers)

“Offensive glass and turnovers killed us. They had 54 or 52 points off of them. Our turnovers and offensive rebounds. Hard to overcome that.”

(On losing interest in the 2nd quarter)

“No, we did not lose interest. They brought their bench in and it played well for them all night long and got a little fire. We just never regrouped. We didn’t play well. We weren’t good on the glass. They beat us up there. We turned it over too much.”

(On attributing the loss to youth)

“There are a million different reasons you can lose in the NBA. You can find an excuse for everything. No excuses. They played better than us. They did. Goran down the stretch made some big plays. We did not execute very well. We did not defend very well. We did not take care of the ball. We did not rebound. There is a lot of stuff we didn’t do.”


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James Harden

(On losing interest in the 2nd quarter)

“We can’t look at the Phoenix Suns and their roster. We got to go out there and compete and play hard every possession. Times like this, we need wins. We just let another one slip away from us.”

(On turnovers)

“Turnovers and offensive rebounds. They got 20 something offensive rebounds and that kind of slowed us up. A combination of both of those things.”

(On facing the Suns three more times)

“We have to compete for 48 minutes. It is that simple.”


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Chandler Parsons

(On the youth and inexperience and lack of execution)

“A little bit of both. I think they just killed us all night on the offensive glass. They capitalized on our turnovers and we had a lot of careless mistakes that we made that we never should have made. Looking at the lineup, they are smaller so there was no reason this should have happened. We have to come up with way better effort and intensity and not let them get that many offensive rebounds.”


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