Postgame Quotes: Suns vs Lakers Round 3, Game 2


Head Coach Alvin Gentry

Steve Nash

Amare Stoudemire

Jason Richardson

Grant Hill

Robin Lopez

Jared Dudley

Phil Jackson

Kobe Bryant

Pau Gasol

Jordan Farmar

Andrew Bynum

Lamar Odom

Ron Artest

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Head Coach Alvin Gentry

Well, what can you say? We are just having a hard time we can't slow them down. I thought we played well offensively, but every time we tried to make an adjustment to slow them down, they go somewhere else. And, you know, you do a great job on Kobe, and, you know, I thought we did. Then they go to Pau and we double team Pau and there's Lamar, and we get it out of Lamar's hand and Jordan Farmar makes shots. And they're the reason they're the world champs. There's a good reason they're the world champs. But we'll keep plugging away. We'll keep trying. We're not going to give up, and we'll see what happens.

We started off turning the ball over. Turned the ball over three straight times. And they went down and got baskets. And we never really got any control after that. We made a couple of baskets here and there. But we just we can't afford to turn it over, especially on three straight possessions. So that hurt us.

What happens if you try to start to double team Kobe and try to get the ball out of his hands, you know, he's a very unselfish guy. I mean he really trusts his teammates now. And when you do that he finds open guys. And he gets you in rotation. When you get in rotation, they've got players that are very capable of making shots. So it's pick your poison with these guys. I mean, you look at the stat sheet there's like 27, 21, 28, you know, I mean, it's just I mean it gets to be real difficult. But we have to continue to try to find an answer. That's why we're here. You know, no one just let us get to the Western Conference Finals. We earned the right to be here. And we'll continue to try to plug away, and we'll continue to try to find answers on how to get them stopped enough that we can win a game. Our goal right now is to win Game 3, that's the only thing on our mind.

What we did is that we were good offensively, but it makes us a very small team. And with Lamar in the game as a 4, we either have to have Jared or Grant Hill guarding him, and obviously that's a big advantage for them. You know, he's so used to, with his wing span and the way he rebounds, playing great, I thought that lineup was good for us offensively, and that's the lineup that got us back in the game. But we have to be able to have our guys step up. Channing is going to have to step up for us, that's the bottom line. We need him on the floor. He's a good post defender for us, but he's got to be able to make some shots.

: It wasn't really a breakdown. They just do such a good job. They throw the ball in. They force you to double. You don't double, then you've got Pau in there whose footwork is probably second only to Tim Duncan's as far as a post player. So we had to try to play them straight up. Played them straight up. Pau had some success. The one time we went to double him. He turned it over. Next time we went to double him finds an open guy that makes a 3. You have to pick your poison. As I said, we just have to take a look at the tape tonight and maybe we'll decide that we'll let Kobe get 80 and try to guard the other guys. So we'll keep we're not about to give up. And, you know, when everybody sits up here, you know when we won our two home games against San Antonio, everybody just said, well, the only thing they've done is what they're supposed to do. So the only thing they've done is what they're supposed to do. We'll go with that.

You know, Robin did a good job for us. And that's something that we'll take a look at. But, you know, you look at Kobe's line. He's 8 for 18. Has 21 points. But then when you do that, he has 13 assists. Guys, there's a reason he's the best basketball player in the world. He's not going to force things. He doesn't do that anymore. And so if you ask me if we did a good job on him we took him from 40 to 21. So that's a good job. But when you add in the 13 assists, that's 26 more points. So you're looking at 47 is the way we look at it. So as I said, there's a lot of things that we've got to take a look at. A lot of things we've got to make decisions on. But for us, you know, they won their two home games, now we get to go home and try to find a way to win the third game. That's where our emphasis is on winning the third game.

We've got to throw different looks, because we did front the posts and then they went to what they call solo, which is posting up Pau, and there's a lot of action on the weak side. And they were able to throw over. We got a smaller guy trying to rotate in. So they had some success with that. We've just got to keep changing up and hopefully they won't shoot as well in our building as they shoot here. But we want to make it a long series. So the way we've got to do that is we've got to win Game 3. That's the only thing we're worried about right now, what do we have to do, what kind of adjustments we can make to win Game 3.

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Steve Nash

Well, I think they were loading up on the pick and roll and putting a third defender in there. So we tried to make them pay on the weak side. Grant got a lot of open looks tonight because of that. It may not come out of the pick and roll, but other guys may benefit from it. So we still scored enough points tonight. I thought our offense was pretty decent. But when they score 120 something, it is asking the offense to score way too much.

Like I said, we're still scoring 107, 100 points. We're getting enough points. Like I said, they're loading up on the pick and roll so other guys are surviving off of it. We've got to find a way to slow them down. We're scoring enough points. I think we're pretty efficient on the pick and rolls, whether it's myself or the roller or the guys coming in on the weak side who are left open. So I'm not really concerned about the scoring because we're getting lots of points. But like I said, at this time of year it's asking a little bit too much of the offense. If we're going to give up 120 something every game, then, yeah, I probably do have to score more points. But I think we've gotten still a lot of love out of our pick and rolls. We've just got to defend better.

Well, we've got to win. Obviously. We can't keep losing. So we're going to try to win Game 3 and try to win Game 4. So they did hold home court. We've got to now hold home court and we've also got to win on the road. So we've definitely got our work cut out for us. But we've got a great group of guys who really stick together and hopefully we'll get some home cooking at home.

It's a tough one. They're bigger. And at times we tried to front the post. At other times we tried to double. And it seemed like other than that run where I thought we just played with a lot of energy, they were able to counter us. So we're going to have to just trying to mix it up and just having to try to play extremely hard and maybe we have to take some chances. Thus far they've been making us pay. And the other guys have been making shots. So they've made us pay for doubling or paying too much attention to Kobe's screen and roll or Pau's post up. Have to give them credit. They've made a lot of shots and they've made it difficult for us no matter what scheme we've thrown at them defensively.

It certainly helps. It would be an even taller task obviously if we didn't have him. They're already a lot bigger than us. To have some size it really helps us for stretches. So he's really important. And I think he's doing a fantastic job, considering how difficult it is to come back from a bulging disk this quickly.

We gave them 120 something points. So we haven't found a way to slow them down yet. And I think if we're going to beat them, we've got to find a way to slow them down, not let them shoot in the 50s every game, and not give up 120 something points every night.

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Amare Stoudemire

They’re doing a great job offensively. With the triangle offense, they’re moving the ball. Artest shot the ball extremely well tonight. That’s something that we didn’t expect.

Well they play well. We’ve got to watch for them again and try to do a better job on those guys in Game 3.

They played good basketball on both ends. They deserved to win both games. We’ve got to do a better job out there on both ends.

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Jason Richardson

It doesn’t matter how many points I put up. We still lost that game. We kind of let up a little bit. I think we did great in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, we kind of just let off the gas a little bit.

We can’t do that. We can’t come off the first two quarters and give them 30 points and then have them come in at halftime with 65 points or whatever it was. We have to find a way to stop them.

Yea, definitely. That’s uncharacteristic of us. We did a great job in the season taking care of the ball. We know what we’re doing. But we’re going home. We still have Game 3 and Game 4. It’s home court for us so we’re gonna try and win those games.

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Grant Hill

We have to figure it out. We’ve given up 120-plus these past two games. We’ve scored enough points but defensively, they’re scoring at will. We fought there in the third quarter, competed, but when you give up 60-plus points in the first half, you’re digging yourself a hole. We’ve just got to figure it out.

I don’t really know what the answer is. They had a lot of points in the paint. Our rotations aren’t great and we’ve just got to play better.

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Robin Lopez

I think out there I’m doing a good job finding a middle ground. Trying not to change too much out there.

Obviously, we have got to play defense. The first game, we didn’t play defense. We didn’t shoot the ball really well. Shot the ball okay today, but we didn’t do anything defensively really.

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Jared Dudley

It shows you how good the Lakers are offensively. We are a good team defensively. It shows you that Kobe can go from one night scoring 40 and then another night play making or Lamar playing that good.

You guys in the media know, they’re almost impossible to beat when Lamar is that effective.

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Phil Jackson

That was a good way to finish a ball game for us. We had a tough quarter, and the second and third quarters they got their offensive machine rolling out there. And we had to find a way to kind of buckle down and get our game going for us in the fourth quarter.

We've been able to play both styles of basketball as a team for the last two or three years. We like the pace. We like to control the pace. But we feel comfortable, if it's an accelerated pace. This team, the Suns, have a real good feel for that pace that they play inside of the first 10 seconds of the 24 second clock. That's where we have to kind of figure out how often we want to run. I thought the second quarter we started running too quickly and got them playing their pace and a little bit accelerated for ours.

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Kobe Bryant

They run much, much better at Phoenix. So we've got to do a better job holding them down, pacing the game. It's different game you play on the road. We can't play with this kind of tempo in Phoenix. It's different. Got to take better shots, not as many transition 3s. We've got to be more patient.

I think they'll get out in transition a lot more. Push the ball a lot more. Defensively, they'll mix it up quite a bit. I look for them to play a lot of junk defense and zones and switches and try to bait us into taking early shots, which leads to easy points for them.

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Pau Gasol

You have to read what they do to you and just make the right play. They try to front most of the game. They allowed entry pass a couple times. And then you read if the double team comes. If it doesn't, then you attack. That's pretty much what we tried to do tonight. Obviously we did a better job, very good job in the fourth quarter of it.

Obviously they run it a lot. So it's a big challenge to play right and play it pretty much every single play down the court. A lot of drags and a lot of screens and different angles and positions. Steve is so good at picking the right paths and just handling the ball. So we just try to be aggressive on the ball, just making sure we're up on the screens, we're not playing it soft. And then we jam the lane to not allow Amar'e to have wide open looks or wide open dunks, just force the ball to move and make sure we're on it. So the passes are not right on the money.

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Jordan Farmar

Getting the ball inside, playing inside out, getting stops defensively. They go on runs. They went on a run, I think, 30 point quarters in the second and third. We can’t let that happen but we’re doing a pretty good job. We’re just sharing the ball and really just playing good basketball.

We’re just trying to take what the defense gives us. They got to give up something. We have so much depth and so much talent. And they had to give something up and we’re just making them pay.

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Andrew Bynum

We have mobile bigs in LO and Pau. They’re both on the court together, passing the ball back and forth. Pau is unbelievable. He really took advantage of his shot and we attack the rim out there.

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Lamar Odom

Playing with these guys, Kobe and Pau, they really got it going. They opened things up for us, cutting to the hole and getting easy looks.

It’s not really about me versus Amar’e [Stoudemire]. I’m saying this is about the Lakers versus the Suns. That’s how I look at it.

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Ron Artest

They just kept making runs and we were like, ‘OK we don’t know what’s going to happen but we need to just play hard and try to win it.’

They wanted to double [Bryant]… but it wasn’t strong doubles so he was able to actually make shots and he was able to slice through some defenders and he was able to pass and find open guys. So he did a great job.

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