Saturday, March 3, 2012
Final Score: New Orleans 84, Indiana 102
Hornets Post Game Quotes
Head Coach Monty Williams
On the game:
As much as I hate losing, thats part of it. Its tough to watch for everyone else, but Im trying to figure out how to win games while its going on. I am trying to get the lineups out there, trying to push buttons. Like I said, as much as I hate losing, our guys played hard tonight and they continue to buy into the fact that they have to play hard. I just thought that we couldnt score. In the second and third quarter, in that last five minutes of the second quarter it proved to be a bit of a dagger and I thought we let our emotions get the best of us. Our guys played hard. Solomon [Jones] gets his lip split because he is trying to set a screen for his teammate and that, to me, is a good sign that we have some good guys in our locker room.
On things he saw to use from here on out:
Not much. Id love to say I saw this and saw that, but when you are losing by that many points the things you do see are fabricated because at some point they take their best guys out and are kind of messing with the game a little bit. I think its important that guys like Xavier [Henry] get comfortable out there and comfortable with making shots and defending. The guy that I am really impressed with is Marco [Belinelli]. He has been the most consistent since I have been here as far as his attitude and approach. He didnt shoot the ball well tonight, but he played hard every second that he was he on the floor. I know that I can count on him whether he is shooting the ball or I take him out of the lineup, he is always the same guy and that is something our fans can be proud of because that guy is made of good stuff.
Hornets Forward Solomon Jones
On poor defensive play tonight:
We took a hit tonight. It wasnt there defensively. (The) transition (game) killed us. It doesnt matter what I shoot or how many points I score, we took a hit. Im definitely not happy about that."
On where the team fell short tonight:
Just getting back in transition. Transition defense hurt us a lot. On the defensive end, just keeping our men in front of us (was tough). Points in the paint, Im not quite sure how many points in the paint they had, but they hurt us with points in the paint.
Hornets Forward Al-Farouq Aminu
On the loss:
We didnt shoot the ball that well. It just started to slip away from us.
On how the loss will affect the teams play:
It was just a bad night. You cant grade yourself off of this one. We definitely have the confidence that we can play with teams. We know that we can close out games after the Dallas game. We just need to take that momentum and head on the road.
Pacers Post Game Quotes
Head Coach Frank Vogel
On the game:
I glad we got to take care of business. Its a tough situation for New Orleans with all the injuries they have, and playing their fourth game in five nights. They were obviously fatigued. We just took care of our business. Im proud of our guys and happy about the win.
On winning four of five games by at least 14 points:
Were obviously very happy to do that. We have to understand that youre never as good as you look when you win and youre never as bad as you look when you lose. Thats why we didnt overreact when we lost five in a row. We are keeping it in perspective now winning six in a row.
On the balanced scoring:
Im always happy to have balanced scoring. We have a team-first team. We dont have two or three mega-stars. We have star-quality players at every position, but we share the ball and play unselfish and thats part of our identity.
Pacers Forward David West
On coming back to New Orleans:
It was good to see some familiar people. We decided to come out and handle our business tonight. It was good to see some familiar faces.
On the reaction of the fans:
It was nice. I had some good times and I enjoyed myself obviously. I am very appreciative of how I was treated while I was here.
On the 21-4 run in the second quarter:
I thought we started getting some stops. I thought we were a little bit too aggressive, but it worked in our favor when it came to our defense. We were able to carry out and do our dirty work for the win.
On the Hornets intensity:
Obviously, Monty (Williams) is giving these guys an opportunity against competitors. They have just been having trouble finding that consistency over the year. You know, the way the schedule is, some nights you just come against an entirely different team. That is how it is throughout the year.