New Orleans Pelicans v Phoenix Suns
PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 5: Jahlil Okafor #8 of the New Orleans Pelicans shoots the ball against the Phoenix Suns on April 5, 2019 at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona.
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Game 80: Pelicans-Suns Postgame Quotes 4/5/19


(On tonight’s game)

“I thought really the entire second half but more so the latter part of the third quarter and the fourth quarter we started playing too much isolation basketball. The ball wasn’t moving, we weren’t moving. Their defense was boxes and elbows and we were determined to drive it in and that translated to turnovers. We got them in a rhythm and obviously Josh Jackson started making shots and that was the difference in the game.”

(On fatigue in OT)

“They had the same guys out there that we did so fatigue makes cowards of us all; you either play or you don’t. They shouldn’t have been any more tired than the guys they had out there. That isn’t an excuse. You try for the best shot and if you don’t make it, you’re going to go to overtime. You have the same approach as you had the entire game. We played well the first half, we had ball movement and did a good job and then we decided we’d become an iso team and that’s what we’re not.”


(On difference in halves)

“I guess we just got a little complacent, a little bit maybe. We kind of stopped doing what was working for us in the first half. They made some tough shots, Josh got it going for them. I don’t know man. We got away from that. They picked up their physicality a little bit and honestly, we didn’t respond in the best way. Like I said, they got hot, made some shots. We couldn’t stop the bleeding. We just got away from what we were doing. Got away from that ball popping around and it cost us.”


(On tonight’s game)

“Obviously we weren’t playing the right way the whole game even though we had a good lead in the first half. Too many mistakes, not playing hard enough so that led to them making a comeback. We didn’t come out with the right focus.”

(On going to him at the end)

“That’s the way I play every game, I match up with the bigs and I just try to be aggressive. They knew what the matchups were so they switched or when I had it in the post they drive so the guys stepped up and made plays and we just didn’t close it out.”

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Game 80: Pelicans at Suns 4/5/19

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Pelicans vs. Suns Postgame: Head Coach Alvin Gentry 4-6-19

Head Coach Alvin Gentry speaks to the media following the Pelicans' overtime loss to the Suns.
Apr 6, 2019  |  01:27

Pelicans vs. Suns Postgame: Elfrid Payton 4-6-19

Elfrid Payton talks about tonight's overtime loss to the Phoenix Suns.
Apr 6, 2019  |  02:02

Christian Wood Puts Up 17 Points vs Phoenix | Pelicans-Suns Highlights

Christian Wood scored 17 points, adding 5 rebounds and a block
Apr 6, 2019  |  01:07

Ian Clarke Puts Up 24 Points vs Phoenix | Pelicans-Suns Highlights

Ian Clark made the most of his extra minutes, scoring 24 points with 4 dimes vs the Phoenix Suns
Apr 6, 2019  |  01:58

Julius Randle's Team-High 31 Points vs Phoenix | Pelicans-Suns Highlights

Julius Randle scored a team-high 31 points against the Phoenix Suns. Julius added a game-high 14 rebounds with 3 assists
Apr 6, 2019  |  01:54

Kenrich Williams Blocks Julius Randle Dunks | Pelicans-Suns Highlights

Kenrich Williams gets the block on the defensive end then runs the floor to make room for Julius Randle's dunk
Apr 5, 2019  |  00:21

Julius Randle Coast to Coast And-1 vs Phoenix | Pelicans-Suns Highlights

Julius Randle takes the ball up the court and and finishes with a strong And-1 vs the Suns
Apr 5, 2019  |  00:19

Solo with the Nice And-1 off the Okafor Dish | Pelicans-Suns Highlights

Jahlil Okafor leaves it for Solomon Hill who finishes with the reverse And-1
Apr 5, 2019  |  00:22

Nice Dish from Clark To Christian Wood | Pelicans-Suns Highlights

Ian Clark is all over the court, here finding Christian Wood with a nice dish in the paint
Apr 5, 2019  |  00:21

Ian Clark Steals, Kenrich Williams Finishes | Pelicans-Suns Highlights

Ian Clark collects the loose ball and runs the court, Kenrich Williams finishes with the putback slam
Apr 5, 2019  |  00:18

Ian Clark Explodes for 16 in 1st vs Phoenix | Pelicans-Suns Highlights

Ian Clark shot lights out in the first quarter against the Phoenix Suns, putting up 16 points
Apr 5, 2019  |  01:00

Pelicans Shootaround: Ian Clark 4-5-19

Ian Clark talks about the upcoming game against the Phoenix Suns.
Apr 5, 2019  |  02:51

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