Pelicans vs. Kings Postgame Quotes 4-12-21 | 2020-21 NBA
Pelicans Head Coach Stan Van Gundy
On the breakdown in the second half:
“They did a really good job, and we did a really poor job. We came with no energy in the second half. Third quarter was awful, and the turnovers…that’s where, to me, the game was in the second half. We’re just turning the ball over all the time and that’s what was fueling their second chance, fast break. We played really poorly. Listen, I’ll always give the other team credit. Their defense was good. Our offense was terrible. I did a terrible job. I could not figure out what to run offensively that would get us going and get us shots. I did a poor job too. We were just really bad in the second half. I don’t mean to take anything away from Sacramento and what they did, but yeah. When you’re missing shots it’s fine, you get a chance to get back. But when you’re turning it over, that’s hard.”
On the bench igniting the team:
“There’s some energy there. They haven’t played the number of minutes these guys have. I mean, that’s our eighth game in twelve days. I mean, that’s grueling. That’s grueling. I said to my wife today before I left the house, ‘I hope our players aren’t as tired as I am.’ I don’t even run up and down the court. That’s a grueling schedule, eight in twelve days. The whole season has been a grind, but that’s a grueling schedule. I think that showed in the second half also.”
Pelicans Forward Brandon Ingram
On what it's been like getting to play with Isaiah Thomas these past nine days:
"He's been the ultimate professional, just coming in and doing his job whenever he gets in the basketball game, but also on the bench, giving advice, talking to our young guys, cheering us on no matter whether he gets in the game or not, and that's big for our team also."
On his thoughts on the team being able to hold the lead in the fourth quarter:
"I think we just stayed together. We knew we were on the second night of a back-to-back and we knew that we were playing against a really, really good team that has some really, really good players, so it was important for us to go down and execute, rebound the basketball, just stay together and knock down the shots we needed to knock down. Free throws helped us out a lot at the end of the basketball game. (Eric) Bledsoe hit some free throws. Naji (Marshall) has been big for us the last two nights. Zion (Williamson) is doing what Zion does. Just everybody is filling in, so we just did what we needed to do down the stretch."
Pelicans Guard Eric Bledsoe
On this being the eighth game in twelve days and whether that is catching up:
"Not really. I've been in it for a little while now, so I know what to expect. I know how to take care of my body, so I'm kind of used to it."
On Brandon Ingram's and Zion Williamson's offensive consistency:
"I mean, they're supposed to. They're two great talented players and they're only going to get better. I think we've been great for them as far as on the offensive end, knowing when to catch and shoot, knowing when to backdoor and things like that. I think we're doing a better job helping them out. And I think they're doing a better job searching for us too. Like I said, the more and more they get comfortable with certain situations, this is only going to get better."