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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 4: Herbert Jones #25 of the New Orleans Pelicans looks on during a preseason game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on October 4, 2021 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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Pelicans at Timberwolves Postgame Quotes 10-4-21 | 2021-22 NBA Preseason

New Orleans Pelicans head coach Stan Van Gundy and Pelicans players recap the team's preseason opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves on October 4, 2021. The Pelicans fell 117-114 to the Timberwolves to open their 2021-22 NBA preseason schedule.


PELICANS HEAD COACH WILLIE GREEN

On Jaxson Hayes:
"Left ankle sprain. I'm not sure if he had images yet, but from the word we got from our medical staff, it's that it's an ankle sprain."

On what went wrong in the second quarter, and how'd you get back on track:
"Our turnovers. Careless turnovers. We had 15 turnovers in the first half, and in the second half, we only had six. We take care of the basketball; we play with pace; we play with force. You've seen we can get any shot we want, but against any NBA team, 21 turnovers, 31 points off of our turnovers. It's tough to regain all that."

On Trey Murphy III and how he's been shooting:
"He looked good. He was a little uncomfortable in the first half but got it going in the second half and knocked down shots. Teammates were looking for him, and that's what we need him to do. He's a floor-spacer. He knows how to play; he was in the right spots the majority of the time in the second half. I like what I saw from him. Good energy. Once again, he knows how to play."

PELICANS FORWARD NAJI MARSHALL

On the challenging assignments on defense:
"It's my job. It's one of my best abilities. Whoever they ask me to guard, it doesn't matter, I'm on them, and I'll do my best."

On the team turnovers:
"There's a lot of new guys, we all are trying to learn each other. Just like Coach Green is trying to learn us, we're trying to learn him so it's a chemistry thing. As the season goes on, we'll get better and luckily it’s the preseason so we have plenty of time to fix it."

On new faces and figuring it out:
"It's all great vibes on and off the court. We just have to learn each other, how we like the ball, how we move and stuff—just some small chemistry things, easy fixes that come with time and reps."


PELICANS GUARD NICKEIL ALEXANDER-WALKER

On playing with Trey:
"He's very poised. I think his approach to the game helps for his inexperience within the NBA. Just his approach, he doesn't do anything outside of himself, but he's confident. I think that's huge for a young guy to come into the league and know himself already, to do what he does well, and to stay in that lane and help the team in the ways that he did."

On what hand he's more comfortable finishing with:
"I try to read it, trying to be deceptive at the same time. I think a lot of guys are used to playing right-handed players and right-handed finishes, so I just try to mix it up. Try to make sure I wasn't too predictable and staying deceptive."


PELICANS FORWARD TREY MURPHY

Overall thoughts on the team performance tonight:
"I would say together as a team we fought back, and I would say we dug ourselves into a pretty big whole in the first half with 15 turnovers and just not playing hard enough. And so we caught back as a team and we put ourselves in a position to win. And we’re pretty proud for the team, fought back, switches the game and trying to figure things out. And but still don’t take it lightly though."

On his comfortability with the second half line-up:
"I am comfortable with the whole team. So whether the line up is the first group, second group, third group, those guys are trying to find themselves to make things easier for me. All I have to do is hit shots. That’s the bottom line and I try not to think too much about it, I just play my game."

On finding his rhythm in the second half:
"Really just being confident and shooting the ball, I’m open, and trusting my work. I put in alot of work into shooting the ball. And try not to think about it too much."

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New Orleans Pelicans forward Trey Murphy III talks about his first NBA preseason game following the team's loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on October 4, 2021.

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Trey Murphy III | Pelicans-Timberwolves Postgame Interview 10-4-21

New Orleans Pelicans forward Trey Murphy III talks about his first NBA preseason game following the team's loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on October 4, 2021.
Oct 5, 2021  |  02:19

Nickeil Alexander-Walker | Pelicans-Timberwolves Postgame Interview 10-4-21

New Orleans Pelicans guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker talks about Trey Murphy III, his Year 3 growth, and Willie Green's leadership following the team's preseason loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on October 4, 2021.
Oct 5, 2021  |  04:10

Willie Green | Pelicans-Timberwolves Postgame Interview 10-4-21

New Orleans Pelicans head coach Willie Green talks about the team's turnovers in their preseason loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on October 4, 2021.
Oct 5, 2021  |  04:53

Pelicans Stat Leader Highlights: Nickeil Alexander-Walker leads New Orleans with 22 vs. Minnesota Timberwolves 10-4-21

New Orleans Pelicans guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker led the team with 22 points against the Timberwolves in preseason play.
Oct 4, 2021  |  02:00

Pelicans Stat Leader Highlights: Trey Murphy III scores 21 vs. Minnesota Timberwolves 10-4-21

New Orleans Pelicans forward Trey Murphy III racked up the points in the second half, finishing with 21 against the Timberwolves in preseason play.
Oct 4, 2021  |  01:12

Trey Murphy III with a 12-point spurt in the 4th Quarter | Pelicans-Timberwolves Preseason Highlights 10-4-21

New Orleans Pelicans forward Trey Murphy III heats up from deep in the fourth quarter for 12 points.
Oct 4, 2021  |  00:41

Brandon Ingram dunk in the lane | Pelicans-Timberwolves Preseason Highlights 10-4-21

New Orleans Pelicans forward Trey Murphy feeds a wide open Brandon Ingram under the rim for the dunk.
Oct 4, 2021  |  00:10

Triple for Trey Murphy III | Pelicans-Timberwolves Preseason Highlights 10-4-21

New Orleans Pelicans forward Trey Murphy III drain the the triple in transition.
Oct 4, 2021  |  00:09

Jaxson Hayes putback slam | Pelicans-Timberwolves Preseason Highlights 10-4-21

New Orleans Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes flies above the rim for the putback slam.
Oct 4, 2021  |  00:17

Nickeil Alexander-Walker banks off the glass | Pelicans-Timberwolves Preseason Highlights 10-4-21

New Orleans Pelicans guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker connects on the high bank shot and-1.
Oct 4, 2021  |  00:23

Naji Marshall steal and slam | Pelicans-Timberwolves Preseason Highlights 10-4-21

New Orleans Pelicans forward Naji Marshall picks the pass and races the floor for the fast break slam.
Oct 4, 2021  |  00:10

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