Postgame Quotes: Suns vs Lakers Round 3, Game 5


Head Coach Alvin Gentry

Steve Nash

Amare Stoudemire

Channing Frye

Jason Richardson

Jared Dudley

Phil Jackson

Ron Artest

Kobe Bryant

Derek Fisher

Lamar Odom

Pau Gasol

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Head Coach Alvin Gentry

It gets a lot tougher when it's an air ball. Usually air balls go back to the offensive team for some reason, and we didn't do a good job. Bottom line, we didn't box Ron out. We let him walk right in and get the rebound. That's kind of one of those things where you know you've got to do a better a job with it.

Not really. In that situation right there, he caught it and shot it. We did a great job of challenging the shot. I mean, anytime it's a last second shot, you're going to be frightened as heck with Kobe out on the floor. He's made, I think either six or seven this year in the last possession of the game. So we just wanted to make sure we forced them to the sideline where he was going to have to be able to shoot a quick shot, and we got him to shoot a tough shot, really, and we just didn't do a very good job of boxing out and coming up with the ball. But as I said, that's kind of what happened. Those plays like that are the difference between championship teams and really good teams. We just gotta make sure we make that play.

I think for us, you know, our whole deal was we kept talking about trying to get in a position to win the game the last four minutes. We got down 16, I don't know, we were down 18, and we just kept saying we gotta chip away and try to have an opportunity to win the last four minutes of the game. We put ourselves in that position. Just didn't quite finish the play. They made a good play. You gotta give Ron Artest credit. He ran down the ball and got it in the basket. For us, I don't see anything negative about it. I think the only thing that's negative is the way we approached the game a little bit. We weren't quite as aggressive, and they got into us defensively. And we struggled a little bit getting in our offense. But on the defensive side of the ball, we did great. I mean, we've now gotten them down from 58% to 41%. So we did a great job, and they keep talking about the zone, and our zone has been fine.

They decided to switch the screens. If you're going to put Pau or Bynum or Lamar on Steve we asked him to be aggressive. That's what he did. He did a great job. I thought everything we did was fine. We're in a situation where we just didn't quite get it done. It was one play here that made the difference in the game. And we're disappointed. We're not going to get discouraged, though. We're not a team to get discouraged. We get disappointed, and the first thing that Steve said when we went in the locker room was that just forget about this, there's time to concentrate on the next game. He's exactly right. We'll look at it, and we'll find some things that we need to get better at. Obviously, the offensive rebounds tonight hurt us. They ended up with 19 of them. And we had done such a great job at our place; we will have to do a better job in that area. But all around, I thought once we got into the open court and started to play and started to play aggressively, I thought we did a real good job. Hey, they're a very good team. And we had an opportunity to win and didn't quite get it done. But we're not going to get discouraged. We're not happy, I can tell you that. We're very disappointed. We're not jovial. But we'll be okay?

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Steve Nash

They changed their defense tonight, they switched more pick and rolls, so more opportunities to isolate. So that's really, again, we stick to what we do and just try to read the defense and make the right play. And tonight, since they changed, I tried to change.

You know, everything's okay. We came back obviously with a great effort. Maybe we deserve this game maybe we didn't. And lost. And they held home court. We'll go back and do the same and we'll come back here for Game 7.

I was just determined to try to win. And I kept getting opportunities and was just concentrating and trying to do what I could to win the game. Some nights you have opportunities and some nights it's other guys, and some nights it's my opportunity. And I tried to do what I could for my team.

It was a crazy game. It had a bit of everything and we found a way to tie it up and then we lost in the last second put back. Just when we thought it was okay in overtime we lose. So that's life. We have to take a lot of positives from tonight and realize we have to go home and play as well we did at home in Games 3 and 4 and give ourselves a chance to come back in Game 7.

I think our offense is good no matter how they decide to play, and I think we can get good looks. So I'm not going to say one way or another what I hope for. Whatever they throw at us, I think there's something that we can do to use our abilities and tonight it happened to be they were switching. They had a big guy on me. I tried to be aggressive, and the next game I'll do the same, or if they change it, we'll go to whatever else they're giving up.

I think you have to realize that we lost the game. And it doesn't matter how you lost it, you lost the game. And we go home. We've got a chance to hold serve at home. And if we do that, we've got a wonderful opportunity to come back and make up for this one. So our attitude has to be great. We have to go home with a lot of strength from this game.

You know, we got a great group of guys that's really stuck together this year. So we got back in the locker room, we already started shifting our focus to Game 6. So if we continue to encourage each other, continue to draw the best out of each other, you know, I think we can have a lot of positive energy back home in Game 6. Our fans will be terrific. And we have a lot of belief.

Our defense is getting better. I think we did a good job again tonight. I thought there were stretches of the game where we got stagnant. And, you know, particularly I would say second and third quarters. But I think we'll learn from it and hopefully at home we'll be a little better. And if we can get Game 6 we'll come back and maybe learn a little bit from this one tonight.

I mean, we played it well. We just didn't keep them off the glass. And that happens. And we just got to be really fortunate it didn't happen in a deciding game. So at the end of it, we go home and got a chance to hold serve. And, like I said, we have a great opportunity after that to come back here for a Game 7 and avenge this one.

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Amare Stoudemire

We got to swallow this one. They hit a great shot at the end of the game, Ron Artest did. They played well enough to win.

We had a chance to win. We didn’t quite pull it out. We got to get back to Phoenix, try to get that win, tie the series back up. See if we can do that.

We were losing and we played desperate. We played like we wanted to win. We need that the whole 48 minutes. So we got back into it, played well enough to tie it up but we didn’t quite get the win.

We did. We really wanted to win this one. It’s tough when you lose like that. We got to swallow this one and get ready for game 6.

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Channing Frye

We just fought back. We’re a resilient bunch and we just started believing in each other and just kind of playing our style of basketball, just picking up the pace. The guys were playing extremely unselfish, attacking the rim and being aggressive.

It doesn’t matter. It’s a team game. It’s not like we’re playing tennis. So we’ve got to come out here and everybody has to go get it. There’s a lot of responsibility on this team. Everybody just needs to go get the ball. In this type of situation, the ball just took an unlucky bounce and it’s not just one person’s responsibility. We win as a team, we lose as a team. So that’s just kind of how it is right now.

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Jason Richardson

He just got through. I looked and turned and he was already heading over that way. I thought the ball was going to hit the rim. I didn’t know it was going to come up that short.

We really wanted to get this one and head back home 3-2 but we’ve got our work cut out ahead of us. We’ve got to come in at home and win the game and force a Game 7.

It’s a high and a low… It’s luck of the ball, I guess.

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Jared Dudley

It’s disappointment. We battled back. We were down big. That shows you how hard the team came back. Tied it up. I thought we did a good job on Kobe. We switched and Grant took him. I thought he took a bad shot. Ron was in the right place at the right time. You’ve got to tip your hat to them.

This is a team that all year has battled back. There’s no big lead that is safe. We’re a team that can shoot the ball. We’re very aggressive. We hit shots. Channing got hot. I got an and-one three. We just kept it going.

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Phil Jackson

I anticipated a game like this in the series. All of them have been pretty much over in the last minute, and they were able to get this game back in control. Even at the end of three quarters, great comeback that they made. And you know I just felt like this was going to be that game. And it sure was. And the next time I hope we're as fortunate. Although, you know, you have to say that that bang shot from 3 is pretty fortunate. One good shot deserves another one.

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Ron Artest

Well, usually after the games I like to move on. You know, win or lose, you know, good or bad, you know, you move on. You know we know Game 6 is going to be tough. We know it's going to be tough. And we've got to go out there and I felt we played good on their floor. We just couldn't sustain it, I guess. But win by 30, win by one, it's just a win.

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Kobe Bryant

We did much better, aside from that stretch that enabled them to get back in the game. We had mental lapses on Channing Frye and Dudley and transition and things like that. I mean, against this team you have to shore that up and be solid for as close to 48 minutes as possible, because if not they can get back in the game just as quickly as they were out of it.

there are a lot of things we did right. So I think it's important for us to focus on that. As a group, you know, it's always fun to have wins like this, at the buzzer, especially for Ron. I'm very happy for him. But we'll leave it here and go up there and try to win one.

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Derek Fisher

It was a great moment. Obviously, with us being on the winning end, it was a great moment. But just in general, you know, I mean how much more fun of a basketball game can you be in and watch and the fans. It was just a great atmosphere overall. And we're very happy for Ron, you know, because Ron's been asked to sacrifice a lot of his game to really try and fit in to the way we do things. And sometimes it makes it hard for him to have the rhythm and the fluidity to his game that he's capable of having. But he sacrificed a lot to help us get to where we're trying to go. That's why we were so happy for him.

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Lamar Odom

Both teams are going to fight. I mean they had a lead in the beginning of the game. And a game like this, a pivotal game, you have to understand that nobody is going to give up. We made some mistakes in that third quarter and let them back in it. There’s some things we need to work on, especially going back up there (Phoenix), but if we take the good things we did defensively, apply it on the road, we should be OK.

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Pau Gasol

I was trying to go to the boards too. And luckily, I think Kobe attracted two guys and Ron was by himself, and luckily the ball went where he was and put it in and it was a great put back. It was crazy. Emotions were really intense. Obviously it was a tough game. But we had to compete extremely hard and they (the Phoenix Suns) made those, they took those three three’s, they banked the last one in and (we were) fortunate to make that last shot, luckily Ron (Artest) put it back and it was, obviously, a great win for us.

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