Trail Blazers vs Pelicans Monday, 01/25/10 AT 07:00PM

Hornets 98, Trail Blazers 97: Post-game Quotes

01/25/10
  1. Written by: trailblazers

    COACH NATE McMILLAN

    On late game struggles

    “We’re getting looks. Those shots we knock down to get ourselves back into games. We’re getting looks and we’ve got to just finish it off. When you get those opportunities in situations like that – we had matchups we wanted – you’ve got to knock down those shots.”

    On last offensive possession
    “We needed to try to get to the basket and put Bayless in there to see if he could get to the rim, to spread the floor. It was designed for Bayless to just try to get to the basket. We had 3 seconds. We felt like we had time to get something going to the basket. Andre was having problems beating the one on one coverage and we just needed something quick to try to get to the rim.”

    “Andre has done some good things. LaMarcus has done some good things in these couple of games. Bayless has done some good things. We had opportunities. ‘Dre had a single coverage down there that we didn’t make that shot. Juwan had a free throw jump shot that didn’t fall. When you get those opportunities… we had a couple of turnovers late, you’ve got to execute.

    On how Paul got open look
    “I think somebody fell or he fell and there was a rotation and I think we lost him. Maybe two guys went to the ball and he was sitting there by himself. It happened so fast, I don’t recall how he got open like that.”

    On the play of the bench
    “In a situation like this where, again, it felt like it was a road game; we knew that we were going to need the bench. That’s something that we talked at the start of the game, that I thought we looked like we were kind of flat in the locker room. The bench did what they needed to do, came out and brought some energy. I thought Nic was good in the few minutes that he played, Rudy, Bayless – those guys were good and they got us back in the game defensively. They got stops. They had a 16 point second quarter and we were able to take control of the game.”

    “This is tough to lose a game like this, especially on your floor. These guys have battled all season long and we’re going to be in games like this. It’s going to be this way for, I think, the rest of this season where it’s going to be close. It’s going to come down to the stretch and we’re going to have to execute and be good in the fourth quarter. Of course it’s a frustrating loss.”

    MARTELL WEBSTER

    On last shot by Bayless
     “He got a good look at the hoop, he just didn’t knock it down. I told him just shoot the next one, you’ve got to stay confident.

    What went wrong down the stretch

    “We just couldn’t make shots. We got great looks, great looks at the basket. It was just one of those things. You’ve got to fight through it, battle through it. I definitely tip my hat to my teammates because we were down big in the first half and we rallied back to get it back. Down the stretch, we couldn’t get any stops and Chris got open and knocked down that shot. That really hurt. There’s another game Wednesday so that’s where our minds are.”

    “It definitely hurts. It hurts a lot. You’ve got to learn from it, but it definitely hurts tonight. We had the game in our hands and kind of let it slip away, but we’ll learn from it though. You’ve got to get stops down the stretch.”

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