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Postgame Quotes: Los Angeles Clippers lose 107-97 to Atlanta Hawks

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CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS RE: Overall thoughts on tonight’s game

“I thought it was the last four minutes in the first half. I think that is when we lost the lead. They cut it to five and I thought they came out in the second half with more energy.”

CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS RE: Adjusting defensively after the first half

“We scored early in the first half. I do not think we had great movement. I think they won the adjustment, they did a nice job. They trapped [Chris Paul], Austin [Rivers] and Jamal [Crawford]. They trapped those three to try to string our offense out, and I thought it worked. I do not think we moved [the ball] well from the traps. Even when we did, we did not get anything out of it.”

CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS RE: The Hack-a-Jordan strategy

“It was effective tonight. Overall it has not been effective. I thought they did a good job. Every time they had a lead, they used it, and that is the way it is supposed to do it. I thought it was effective. In each quarter they tried to do it, and it hurt us a little bit.”

CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS RE: Playing after Oklahoma City Thunder

“That was an emotional game just because of the way it ended. But, we had a day off and had a very good practice yesterday. I thought we were going to be really good today. I thought the practice was what we saw in the first twelve minutes and then it went away from us.”

CLIPPERS GUARD CHRIS PAUL RE: Overall thoughts on tonight’s game

“We just let them back in it. Coming out of that time out, Paul [Pierce] was yelling ‘Let’s take it up twenty, let’s take it up twenty.’ I had some bad turnovers tonight. Low energy. I think a lot of credit goes to Atlanta for fighting to get back in the game. We let this one go.”

CLIPPERS GUARD CHRIS PAUL RE: Offensive and defensive play

“I think [DeAndre Jordan] did a great job. He was going to the line and knocking them down early. I think the biggest thing when teams do that is we have to defend. What happened is our defense let us down tonight. Our offense, we had a lot more turnovers than we usually have, but at the end of the day, we have to be a better defensive team.”

CLIPPERS GUARD CHRIS PAUL RE: Improvements to be made

“We have to keep getting better defensively, we have to get healthy and we have to execute. I think we are usually a better executing team than we were tonight. We just didn’t have it tonight. It is tough. It is too late in the season have letdowns like we had tonight. But being upset with the team and letting them back in, that can’t happen.”

CLIPPERS GUARD CHRIS PAUL RE: Personal improvement

“I think I have to do a better job with the ball screens. I let the guards just move freely tonight. I feel like I let Dennis [Schroder] and [Jeff] Teague had a field day just getting it where they wanted to. We have to better cause Dallas has a lot of guards too.”

CLIPPERS CENTER DEANDRE JORDAN RE: Hack-a-Jordan strategy

“You don’t get to play and compete. I am going to live with Doc [Rivers]’s decision. I have to be able to make the free throws and make at least one out of two for our team, but at the end of the day we have to get stops, which we didn’t. They made us work throughout the shot clock and they got a lot of offensive rebounds. We ended up giving up a lead, which is tough.”

CLIPPERS CENTER DEANDRE JORDAN RE: Reasons behind giving up an early lead

“We had ‘it’ [energy] in the beginning of the game. We have to have ‘it’ for 48 minutes and we didn’t.”

CLIPPERS CENTER DEANDRE JORDAN RE: Upcoming matchup with Dallas

“It was just another game the first game. I really don’t care about it anymore.”

CLIPPERS FORWARD WESLEY JOHNSON RE: Overall thoughts on tonight’s game

“We had it going but it just got away from us. They are a good team and they went on a run. Transition defense was what really busted it open for them. In the half court, they were moving the ball really well and then like I said, it was just transitions. They had us scrambling and they were knocking down the shots.”

CLIPPERS FORWARD WESLEY JOHNSON RE: Impact of tonight’s loss moving forward

“We definitely hate losing at home. That is the main thing, we hate losing at home. But it is one of those things that we have to learn from. The end of the season is coming up really quick so we have to go on the road and try to get that back.”

HAWKS HEAD COACH MIKE BUDENHOLZER RE: Importance of win

“It is a good road win for us against a team that is playing very well. I think a lot of guys played well individually and defensively after taking a huge punch in the first quarter. We came out and found a way to play pretty good defense the rest of the way. Offensively, to have some consistency for four quarters, we were able to score and be somewhat efficient, different guys made big plays. Both Jeff [Teague] and Dennis [Schroder] played well at the point guard position and of course Paul [Millsap] with 18 rebounds, so there are a lot of positives from tonight.”

HAWKS HEAD COACH MIKE BUDENHOLZER RE: Late-game dominance

“It is very satisfying to play so well at the end of the game, especially against a team that is playing as well as the Clippers have been. This was good for our group, we needed a good quality win on the road. To finish the game on a run like that and execute down the stretch and get stops down the stretch, that is a huge thing in our league.”

HAWKS HEAD COACH MIKE BUDENHOLZER RE: Energy level

“Our assistant coaches noted that in the timeouts early, even when we were down early, that our players were talking and communicating with each other. There was a really positive energy and that steadfastness really paid off for us.”

HAWKS GUARD JEFF TEAGUE RE: Importance of win

“It was a good team win. We played well as a group, one through 13 we came out and played well.”

HAWKS GUARD JEFF TEAGUE RE: Early deficit

“We knew we just had to keep doing what we do, and we changed the plan a little bit and got a little more aggressive on Chris Paul and made it tougher for him to make passes, but other than that our guys just picked it up.”

HAWKS GUARD KENT BAZEMORE RE: Overcoming early deficit

“We just stayed the course and got a valiant effort out of everyone that played tonight. On both ends we picked up our aggression and made it tough on their guys to make plays.”

HAWKS GUARD KENT BAZEMORE RE: Importance of comeback road win

“It is a big win, and exactly what we needed. Since the Golden State game, we have picked it up on both ends of the floor. There is a sense of urgency now, we believe in ourselves and now we’re playing the best basketball we have in a while. It feels good to string two good wins together against two solid teams on a back-to-back which really shows the resilience of this team and the direction we are headed in.”

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