Lindsey Hunter

Goran Dragic

Wesley Johnson

PJ Carlesimo

Kris Humphries

Brook Lopez

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Head Coach Lindsey Hunter

(Opening statement)

“We are of course disappointed because we lost, but if we can have that type of effort every single night we will take it. We will take it and we will walk off the court with our heads high because we fought and that is the message. That is what we have to do every single night, every single practice, we have to fight. I think tonight everybody that played or didn’t play and the bench, everybody fought in their own way. That is the way we have to play. That is what we are trying to develop. That is what we are going to be. We didn’t win the game, but there were situations that we won throughout the game that will help us grow and we have to keep finding that way and putting ourselves in tight situations so we can learn to be winners.”

(On Goran and PJ’s energy and effort)

“Goran and PJ were unbelievable tonight. Every single minute. We are asking PJ to guard point guards, two guards, forwards, power forwards and sometimes centers. He just goes out and he leaves it out there. You can respect that. You can live with that. The same thing with Goran. Every single night he goes out there and he brings it. With those guys leading us and too the future that is the example we want.”

(On Wesley Johnson’s emotions)

“We were on him on the bench. He passed up two shots and was being timid. I told him if you pass up another shot I am pulling you out and you will never play the rest of the game. I guess the assistant coaches were on him and he came to life. If that is what we have to do than that will be the threat that we hold over his head every night.”


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Goran Dragic

(On his performance)

“Guys were making shots, I was getting those long rebounds and I was just trying to play as hard as possible. It doesn’t matter about statistics, I try to win games and unfortunately we lost. You know, if you play hard then something good is going to happen.”


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Wesley Johnson

(On why the team can’t seem to find any consistency)

“That’s the million dollar question. I think we just have to collectively just go out there with a mind set and focus that we’re going to play like that. We go at it in practice and try to kill each other in practice every day – we just have to carry it over. We just have to have that mind set and really just channel it and keep it all in one and when we go out there to the games, go out there and play like that.”

(On catching fire in the third quarter)

“It felt good. It felt really good to just go out there and just really get my confidence and just really go out there and assert myself. They kept saying just get the ball shoot – look to score, be aggressive. Be aggressive, they always tell me that so I went out there and wasn’t thinking I was just out there playing and shooting, and Goran was finding me.”


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Head Coach PJ Carlesimo

(On Game Tonight)

“Well, Wesley (Johnson) had offensive rebounds. PJ had a really good game. He played well against us both times, he really competes and he defends really well. Some of them were deep rebounds and some of them I don’t fault our guys but obviously 25 is way too many and we were very fortunate. They made a heck of a run and we made some plays down the stretch so we could sneak out with a win.”

(On Bench)

“It’s huge because of these guys with their bench. These guys have been getting as much production off their bench as their front line guys and we didn’t say we wanted to outscore their bench but one of our things was hey, we can’t let their bench come in and light us up. That wasn’t a goal of ours to light them up. You’re going to need your bench always in a back to back and I felt we were going to need them especially tonight because of what Phoenix has been doing recently and how much production they can bring. They have a lot of former starters that they can bring off their bench so you can kind of get lulled in and think you are doing alright and you get a couple point lead and then they come in and all of a sudden…it’s not a normal bench. They have people that can really score points.”


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Kris Humphries

(On Bench Play)

“We got a lot of points off the bench tonight and that’s just how it has to be sometimes to get the wins. I said earlier teams like this sometimes are the tough teams to beat. They just kind of get up and down and do whatever so they played well and we were able to finish it off. I was a little stiff. It took me a little bit to get loose for the game but I felt good to get to the free throw line and hit some free throws to start and roll with it.”


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Brook Lopez

(On Game Tonight)

“Our bench was huge for us tonight. Everyone gave us good minutes. CJ, Hump all the way down the line, they really saved us. It was big and considering the way we lost last night, in the end of the game at crunch time, it was good that we won the way we did tonight.”


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