Saturday, December 22, 2007

What the Clippers had to say...

Head Coach Mike Dunleavy
“I thought we went through stretches where we just didn’t shoot the ball well, again. We made some good runs back but we could never get a crack. We were missing lay ups and free throws, things that could’ve given us a little more momentum. They [Dallas] hit a stretch there in the second half where Dirk [Nowitzki] made some tough and then he also created some buckets for Terry and they made big shots.”

Talk about your team’s hustle...
“Well, we played hard. I was pleased with the way we played. We got some guys into the mix who got some playing time – like Al [Thornton] and some of our younger guys got some playing time that we can keep building from. But in that fourth quarter we had a couple good three pointers that went in and out on us that were wide open looks and if we’d knocked them down all of a sudden we’re talking six or seven point game. It’s a lot different shooting the ball from the outside, free-stroking, when you’re up 14 versus six or seven.”

Center Chris Kaman
Talk about tonight’s game – the game you had in particular…
“It’s frustrating. A lot of things went on, people have good games but that doesn’t mean anything really if you can’t get the win. I thought on defense we did a pretty decent job, but the offense has been a problem for us this year. Some people are just flat – we don’t move well, we don’t execute well, something is wrong and we’ve got to figure it out on our own. It’s going to take every one of us in this room to figure it out. Now we’re shorthanded, again, and keep having all these injuries. It’s been a long season already with all these injuries, but what can you do? You can’t give up, you’ve got to keep playing, and that’s what we’re going to do.”

Guard Brevin Knight
“They’re an explosive team, but I think we kept them in striking range the entire night. Made a couple runs, and against a team like this when you make a run that’s when you’ve really got to hunker down and get a little bit tougher. We got it to within three there in the third quarter and then we let them get three buckets in succession and you can’t do that against good teams. We didn’t put enough pressure on them to get [them] a little bit nervous. They stayed comfortable. So their jump shots stayed comfortable. With this team you’ve got to make them pressured a little bit.”

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