Postgame Quotes: Los Angeles Clippers defeat Denver Nuggets 105-90 on Easter Sunday

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CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS RE: Improving defensive effort

“[DeAndre Jordan] has been terrific. I really thought that at the beginning of the game we came out and went into a funk, but the beginning of the third quarter, defensively, was terrific. When we get stops in a row, eventually we get a big lead because our offense will come through. You can see it every night. It is good.”

CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS RE: Feeling good after news of Blake Griffin’s soon return

“[The players] have felt that they have not played well at home. These afternoon games are hard. 12:30 pm games. You can tell early on that they wanted to come out and play well and sustain the play. I do think that your mood changes a little bit when you know that [Blake Griffin] is coming back. But that is how it feels, he is back. He was at shootaround and he had to leave the arena. It is just good to see him healthy, and I think everyone feels better.”

CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS RE: DeAndre Jordan on defense tonight

“If you drive enough and [DeAndre Jordan] starts blocking , you are going to think about it. I was more impressed that he blocked two of his own man shots. That is hard to do. When you are blocking the weak side, we need him to do that every night. When you start blocking your own guy’s shot, you are really locked in, and I thought he did that today.”

CLIPPERS GUARD CHRIS PAUL RE: Hearing the news of Blake Griffin’s soon return

“It is great. We went through some offensive stuff yesterday, and everything is a lot smoother when Blake [Griffin] is back on the court. Just our continuity and the way our offense looks, it just gives our team an ultimate confidence. At the same time, we understand that he has to work his way in.”

CLIPPERS GUARD CHRIS PAUL RE: What helped win the game

“We started getting stops in the second half. When DJ Augustine came back in, we started blitzing, trying to get the ball out of his hands. He sort of controlled the game in the first half. He did a little bit of everything. So second half, we tried to take him out of the game. I think that helped us.”

CLIPPERS GUARD CHRIS PAUL RE: Improvements going forward

“We have to keep getting better defensively. Consistently being in the right place at the right time, building that trust. [We have to] continue to work on our execution.”

CLIPPERS FORWARD PAUL PIERCE RE: Nearing return of Blake Griffin

“I think [Blake Griffin’s return] is good for the morale of the group. We know now that we could get through the regular season and win a lot of games without him, but our goal is to win a championship, and we know we can’t do that without him. It is going to be good to get him back for the last few games of the season so he can get his legs under him. Hopefully we can get a hot streak going until the playoffs.”


“[DeAndre Jordan] is our energy guy, the captain of our defense. He gets the rebounds obviously, but we have also been going to him a little bit more in the post on offense. He’s starting to fulfill a lot of his potential. He is still young and still has a lot of room to grow, and he is showing that he can keep getting better and better.”

NUGGETS HEAD COACH MICHAEL MALONE RE: Overall thoughts on tonight’s game

“That third quarter killed us. They got out to a great start, [we] weathered the storm [and] came back, played really well and made it a game. Then to get outscored 25-12 in the third quarter, I think we had five turnovers, and if we did not turn it over then DeAndre [Jordan] blocked our shot it felt like. We just could not score. Our starting group was 11-49 from the field tonight, 22 percent, and our bench was 26-45, 58 percent. So we really struggled on offense tonight to make shots. [Darrell Arthur] and Emmanuel [Mudiay] had some good looks just not able to knock them down. They [the Clippers] dominated the glass, 20 second-chance points, and kicked our butt in transition, and that has not happened to us in a while. 25-10 in transition points, I believe. It was a rough night. We did some good things and were in it, and then that third quarter came around and we were just playing catch up the rest of the way.”

NUGGETS HEAD COACH MICHAEL MALONE RE: Thoughts on play of DeAndre Jordan

“He [DeAndre Jordan] is a great rim protector, and he gets up and runs in transition, he had that one play at the rim. He is one of the better rim protectors in the NBA, and for every shot that he doesn’t block he has guys hesitating. And I felt we were very passive at times tonight once he blocked a couple of shots. Give them credit. This was a game they had to have as they get ready for the playoffs. Not a bad road trip for us. We got one of two and will have to get ready for the next game.” 

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Rohit Ghosh

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