Postgame Quotes: Suns vs Rockets - Apr. 15, 2013


Lindsey Hunter

Suns Forward Goran Dragic

Suns Forward Luis Scola

Kevin McHale

Chandler Parsons

Jeremy Lin

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Lindsey Hunter

(Opening statement)
“It felt really good for us to win our last home game. Guys really played hard. I thought the first half we were just exchanging baskets but in the second half we started to really try and defend their guys and they are tough to defend. They have a lot of shooters, a lot of guys that can score, they can go small and they do a lot of things that can make it tough. I thought that we adjusted and our guys defended well. PJ Tucker did an unbelievable job guarding Harden and we finished the game the right way at home.”

(On Scola’s game)
“With him playing at the 5 it gave us a great advantage of running pick and roll and Scola popping and we dove Markieff and Asik had a hard time getting back out and we used that to our advantage.”

(On Goran Dragic’s game)
“He was something special in the first half. When he is playing like that we are a really, really good team. Hopefully this last couple of games is an indication of some things that we got better at. We didn’t get to where we wanted to but I think that we got better in a lot of different ways.”

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Suns Forward Goran Dragic

(On playing his former team)
“For me and Luis and probably Marcus too, it means a lot. Every time you play against your former team you want to win and you want to do your best. Even when I was in Houston and we played against Phoenix I tried to play hard – I tried to have a good game; same thing right now.”

(On if tonight was the team’s most complete game)
“Yeah, I would say that, definitely. Everybody was involved, everybody was making shots. [Markieff] He was amazing – he was blocking every shot almost. On defense we were talking and we played well. If we would play like this earlier, for sure we would be close to the playoffs. But now we still got one more game left – we’ll try to win that one too. It’s going to be tough in Denver but why not?

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Suns Forward Luis Scola

(On if there’s extra satisfaction in beating his old team)
“No, you know, it’s fun to see all those guys and its fun to be around the team. I been there for a long time and I know everybody, but I just want to play well. We have one more game, I’ll try to play the same type of game in two days in Denver and just try to finish the season strong. I know no one really cares about what we do and that’s okay we deserve that but I still want to finish strong. I want to play well and see if we can get one more win.”

(On if there’s relief in tonight being the last home game of a rough season)
“I wouldn’t call it relief, no. It was a rough year – we all know it was a rough year, but I wish the year would have 100 games left so we could turn this around. The year is over and I’m looking forward to finish the year to start working next year. The day we finish the year we can start thinking about the next season and I’m looking forward to that.”

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Kevin McHale

(On tonight’s game)
“Started off with Scola making shots. Goran was getting free on us and making plays. We never had any kind of control on this game at all. They had control of it all night. We played really poorly tonight. We had bad shot selections. We missed some shots. You are going to miss some shots. They posted us up. They got pretty much whatever they wanted. We could not stop them defensively. They went small, smaller, and smaller. We tried going big for a little while, then we tried going small and whatever it was we couldn’t get it tonight.”

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Chandler Parsons

(On tonight’s loss)
“This is a bad loss. We did this to ourselves. The frustration is all on us. At the end of the day they are still a NBA team. This is their last home game. They are not going to go out easy. We did not come ready to play. We did not come and play like something was on the line. This is just one of those games we are going to look back on and just be really frustrated thinking about how we let it slip away.”

(On being surprised by Rockets performance)
“Yeah. There is no reason for that. There is no excuse for that. That is not good for any of us. We have to take ownership on that. Now we just made Wednesday night more exciting that is for sure.”

(On transition defense)
“Transition defense was poor. We allowed them to get so many second chance opportunities and didn’t rebound the ball well. We turned the ball over. They got every single lose ball. We didn’t really do anything to deserve to win the game. We really put ourselves in this situation that we have to fight ourselves out of.”

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Jeremy Lin

(On tonight’s loss)
“We just came out flat. They were just too comfortable shooting open jumpers, getting to the rim, getting to the paint, loose balls, and offensive rebounds. No excuse. Desire maybe? ”

(On team’s focus not being there)
“I think that has been kind of our problem all season. We are a younger team. At this point of the season, it is really not an excuse for us. Every game means so much. We are talking about playoffs. We are talking about matchups. Things that are more important than anything we have played for all season. So this one hurts.”

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