Pelicans-Warriors Postgame Quotes 4-8-17

Pelicans Head Coach Alvin Gentry:
On the negatives and the positives from tonight’s game:
“The good was I thought that we hung in, especially in the first half. There were two situations where at the end of the first quarter we let them go on an 8-0 run and then with 1:50 to go, it was a two-point game, they went on a 10-0 run. That’s what they do. That’s why every possession is so important. When you play these guys, you’ve got to make sure that you’re getting good possessions and that the floor is balanced so when you shoot, you can get yourself back because when you don’t, they run the ball down your throat. Obviously, they’ve got so many weapons and they do such a great job of passing the basketball that you can see like at the start of the third quarter, that’s when they got separation. Plus, we had a couple of tough possessions, and they move the basketball and pass it so well that they score and score and all of a sudden, you look up and you’re down 17.”

On Quinn Cook’s performance:
“I thought he played solid. I thought he was really good, as a matter of fact. He did a good job of running the team. He was really solid in his shot selection and his decision-making, so I thought he was pretty good.”

On the lack of three-point shooting stifling offensive production:
“I think you’ve got to make shots against them. They don’t necessarily need to be threes, but you have to make shots, and I didn’t think we shot the ball very well. We had some great looks, and I just didn’t feel like we got them in the basket. They’re a great team, and the thing that they do great is that they get separation. When you have a couple of bad possessions or you miss a couple of shots, what they’re really good at is getting separation by coming down and running the ball down your throat, moving the basketball and getting great shots.”

On Kevin Durant’s performance:
“I think he’s a little rusty. I think he’ll tell you that, but believe me, they’re going to be fine. When a guy hasn’t played for a month—he’s still pretty good. I think get him back out on the court and have him play. Just realize that they didn’t have Steph (Curry) out there. It’s much easier for everybody when Steph is on the floor. I didn’t think (Durant) was tentative at all. I thought he played the way he would and was very aggressive and shot the ball pretty well for a guy who is coming back after being out for a month. It’s one of those deals where when you sit out that long, you can shoot shots all you want and play one-on-one, two-on-two, but to actually get out there and play five-on-five and test that injury, you don’t know that. He’s going to be more than fine.”

On Alexis Ajinca’s performance as a starter:
“I thought he did a good job too. I thought he got a little tired, but for the most part, I thought he battled and did a good job.”

Pelicans Guard Quinn Cook:
On the positives from tonight’s game:
“I thought we made those guys work. We were tough on them on defense, putting pressure on those guys when they scored. We weren’t slow getting the ball like we kept tempo up and I thought we played a great first half. Then they got hot in third quarter like they usually do and they got a good lead and we really couldn’t come back but I thought we fought and we made those guys working for us.”

On the second half:
“Definitely have to give them all the credit. They are who they are for a reason. Kevin Durant made big shots, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, all those guys, respectable good shots and I thought we got a little stagnant and they used that to their advantage and they got the big lead.”

On having Kevin Durant back on the floor:
“There was definitely a buzz, a basketball world knowing that Kevin Durant’s coming back and I know it’s loud in here already but it’s my first time being here so I was expecting it to be loud. I thought Kevin Durant coming back gave to the basketball world something to look forward to. It looked like he played the last game against Phoenix, or whoever they played, he looked good out there.”

On his playing time tonight:
“Everybody on the team just wanted me to stay aggressive. I saw the ball going in early, and it was really my teammates just telling me to stay aggressive and I kind of used our first half intensity on defense to kind of keep me going. So I was fortunate to get some shots but we ended up with a loss so I can’t really go about on the 22 points.”

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