Postgame Quotes: Suns vs Spurs Round 2, Game 3


Head Coach Alvin Gentry

Steve Nash

Grant Hill

Goran Dragic

Gregg Popovich

Manu Ginobili

Tim Duncan

Richard Jefferson

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Head Coach Alvin Gentry

It’s a great win for us. I thought we did a really great job of just hanging in the game. They had a great start and we couldn’t make a shot. They had a lot to do with that. They came in with a lot of energy and ran us off a lot of shots that we’ve been making. I just kept telling our guys that we needed to hang around, because I think we’re good enough offensively that somewhere along the line we’ll get run and score some baskets. As long as we’re close enough. I told them they couldn’t get enough separation that we had to work so hard to get even that we can’t get over the hump. When we went in at the half and it was a six-point game after they made that jump shot at the end [of the first half], I thought our guys were really positive and they thought that we would come out and make a run at some stage. We just kept trying to find combinations of guys that would work together. We played smaller tonight than we have in the series. We just that it gave us the opportunity to spread the floor a little bit more and get in situations where we could go one on one. Obviously Leandro and Goran played well in the fourth quarter. They just stepped it up. I said that we had to attack the switches and I thought that Goran and Leandro did a great job of that and getting the ball to the basket to finish.

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Steve Nash

I don’t know how many guys in the history of the game that have had a quarter in the fourth quarter of the playoffs [like Goran Dragic]. It was pretty remarkable. I am incredibly proud of him. I am not sure he scored last game or even until the end of the third quarter today. We have a lot of confidence in him and we have been waiting for him to get confident in himself and into a rhythm and flow. Obviously, he got that over that tonight. It was a pleasure to watch and be apart of not only for him but for our franchise. It was a great moment. To play as he did, it’s something that I will remember for a long time.

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Grant Hill

Wow! Goran was huge. He has been huge for this team all season. He had a first half in Utah that was very similar to what you saw tonight in the forth quarter. Tonight was by far the best performance I've seen from Goran. I think it’s safe to say that may have been the best forth quarter performance I have ever seen in a Playoff Game. It’s a credit to him because he was struggling with his rhythm in this series. Goran won the game for us down the stretch tonight.

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Goran Dragic

During half time I was talking with coach Gentry and he told me I have to be more aggressive and drive the lane. When I came back out on the court I just did what he told me and when I hit the three point shot with the foul I knew I was being aggressive. I knew I was hot so I just wanted to have the ball during the pick and roll. On a lot of those plays I had Tim Duncan on my side and coach told me if you feel it shot it. My gal was to score. I have a lot of confidence in my game and this team. I feel great this year and everyone is confident in me. I feel great on the court.

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Gregg Popovich

Missing seven free-throws in a row is not a good thing. We were playing very well defensively and offensively, but we gave up a great opportunity by leaving nine points at the free-throw line in the first half. I think that’s going to affect a team mentally to some degree. I thought we lost a little bit of aggressiveness offensively with that. We made a couple of defensive errors and they got back in the ball game. So that was a huge change in the first half.

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Manu Ginobili

They just killed us. They played small with five shooters and decided to switch and they decided to attack the rim, penetrating, kicking out and making contested three-pointers. They were unbelievable. They picked us apart and it seemed there was no way to stop them whether it was their three-point shooting or penetration. It was embarrassing, they scored 39 points in the fourth quarter. It wasn’t that they ran or we fouled, it was just field goals. They were great and we were poor defensively.

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Tim Duncan

They made every shot as we tried to stay in front of them and contest every shot. We wanted to make everything as tough as possible for them and yet they made everything. We tried just about everything as we just didn’t do one thing as their pick-and-rolls were manipulative to get the match-ups they wanted. We did several different things and it always seemed to end with them making a shot.

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Richard Jefferson

When you‘re up 18 and you miss some free throws that‘s no excuse. We had a good lead at home as in the playoffs you have to protect that.

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