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Nets vs. Hawks: Taurean Prince, Garrett Temple, and Kenny Atkinson Top Quotes

Postgame quotes from the 130-118 win over the Hawks

See what the Brooklyn Nets had to say after their 130-118 win over the Atlanta Hawks.

KENNY ATKINSON

On the win over Atlanta:

“Dominating on the glass, like you said, I think that has been a sticking point for us. We have talked a lot about rebounding the past couple of days, how much that has hurt us. So, collectively, I thought we got on the boards. Even in the first half, when we missed a lot of shots, I thought we cleaned up a lot of misses and that was the difference in the game.”

On Garrett Temple:

“First of all the character, the leadership, the professionalism, a guy that understands how to follow the game plan to a T, he will do whatever you ask for the team, and it’s a real bonus when he is making shots. He hit some timely ones tonight when we were struggling. He hit that tough floater there at the end on the left side. He is playing great basketball for us.”

On Taurean Prince:

“I felt like he wanted to have a good game being here, his family is here...it’s always good to play well coming home. What we are asking for from Taurean is just more consistency. I think he has another level, and he has got to do it again in Charlotte in a couple of nights.”

GARRETT TEMPLE

On NETS finding stride:

“It’s going to take a while to mesh together with so many new guys. Especially defensive principles, which are a little different than most teams around the NBA. Most teams have kind of the same defense. We have a very unique game plan a lot of the times. We knew that it would take us a while to mesh on both ends of the court...We are doing a good job out there, and guys are buying in.”

On playing for Kenny Atkinson:

“I think the way that we defend, forcing teams into a lot of midrange shots, not letting teams take three’s, we focus on numbers, understand numbers and the analytical situations. Numbers don’t lie and when we focus on the game plan, we win games. So, that is probably the biggest thing, in terms of basketball.”

On expanded role:

“It’s a little different, you know. I have started on teams before, but have never been a guy that needed to help run the second unit and help them score. My coaches are confident in me, my teammates are confident in me, which helps me continue to find my confidence in my shot...The biggest thing is that I know my role, and everybody on this team knows their role.”

TAUREAN PRINCE

On returning to Atlanta:

“It felt good to be back in the city. Obviously when you live here for three years, you gain relationships, people that you rock with and things that you used to do on a daily basis. It was good to get that feeling again.”

On motivation playing against Hawks:

“One hundred percent motivated, especially being the team that traded me away. That was part of it.”

On emotions being in arena:

“It was cool. Weird to come in from the other side, but same court. I felt comfortable. I saw people that I knew, familiar faces, it was a good feeling.”

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