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Los Angeles Clippers defeat Chicago Bulls 120-93, Post Game Quotes

CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS RE: Play of the second unit

“We are trying to keep the minutes the same for the key guys. Chris [Paul] is getting that 33 [minutes]. Really, our bench has been better than fantastic. They are actually changing games and it’s with their energy. I think early on, they thought it was going to be with their offense and now they’ve realized that it is with their hands, with their defense and the deflections. They did it again with all of the deflections and fast breaks. Tonight you could see that Jamal [Crawford] had it going and they watched him. They were trying to get it to him every single time in space and let him make plays. They are all in a good place.”

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

“I thought defensively they were good. I thought the pace was the key. I was yelling it all game, ‘pace, pace, pace, …’ and I didn’t think it did anything until like the middle of the third quarter. Then you could see it finally broke through. We could not play them in the half-court game, they are too big. We kept telling them that we don’t care if it goes in or not, just keep moving and keep pace. I thought by the middle of the third, you could see it start taking its toll on them. That was big for us.”

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

“It was a collective effort. Jamal [Crawford] went on a [scoring] spree tonight. Our second unit was amazing, guys were sharing the ball, but our defense was the key. That team right there [Chicago], they don’t go away they just keep coming and keep coming, but we took all of their punches.”

CLIPPERS GUARD CHRIS PAUL RE: Team’s play in the absence of Blake Griffin

“Like I always say, as long as we step on the court, we feel like we have a chance to win. I don’t ever expect to lose, so yes [I did expect us to play this well without Blake Griffin].”

CLIPPERS GUARD CHRIS PAUL RE: Team’s offensive performance

“The defense [dictates whether we work the ball inside or outside]. I always tell people that it is almost like martial arts. Some people just react, they don’t hit. We react. If the guy is there to bump D.J. [DeAndre Jordan], then that means J.J. [Redick] is open. If he is not there, then that means D.J. is open.”

CLIPPERS CENTER DEANDRE JORDAN RE: 12 first-quarter rebounds

“Anytime I can get us an extra possession, it’s good for our team. I did it a lot last year and this year it’s even more important with our size at times, but we just try and take advantage of it.”

CLIPPERS CENTER DEANDRE JORDAN RE: Well-rounded performance

“We won so that’s what matters. There have been games where I have had lower stats than today and we won, but when guys like Jamal [Crawford] and Austin [Rivers] and Wes [Johnson] are moving the ball, it opens things a lot for me to be successful. I just try to do my job each day.”

CLIPPERS CENTER DEANDRE JORDAN RE: Confidence with free-throws

“I’m getting more comfortable with them. I know every night it’s probably going to happen since it works on some nights and doesn’t work on others. I’ve got to be ready for it whenever, whether it be the second or fourth quarter so it’s becoming routine for me.”

CLIPPERS GUARD JAMAL CRAWFORD RE: Thoughts on tonight’s game

“Coming in tonight, Doc [Rivers] said ‘Do not wait to be aggressive. This is an important stretch, be more aggressive than usual to start.’ I usually just try to feel the game out. Sometimes I lay back, sometimes I want to be more aggressive, but this is one of those times that I did not want to be just a scorer. I wanted to be a guy who could make plays as well and open up for my teammates.”

CLIPPERS GUARD JAMAL CRAWFORD RE: Playing aggressive

“The first-half, I felt good. Now we are more accustomed to the end of quarters to get the ball and either get a pick-and-roll or go flat. Kirk [Hinrich] is a really good defender. I have played with him two different times, so I was just trying to see what he would give me from there. But, it is more about my teammates and coaching staff. They are always putting me in the position to be more successful. Coming in to the season, I knew it would be a little bit different for me off the bench, as far as not needing to attack more. We have more talent. Especially with big fella [Blake Griffin] out, I just want to be more aggressive and it has worked out for us.”

CLIPPERS GUARD JAMAL CRAWFORD RE: Ability to score in today’s game

“My teammates and my coaching staff [set me up to score today]. I have the easy job of scoring and making plays, but they put me in position. I think it is a good team win.”

CLIPPERS GUARD JAMAL CRAWFORD RE: Playing small ball in the absence of Blake Griffin

“[Playing small ball] is fun. We have to do what we have to do. We all fill in for each other until Blake [Griffin] gets back and we will continue to do that and try to get as many wins as possible.”

CLIPPERS GUARD JAMAL CRAWFORD RE: Importance of today’s game

“[The Bulls] beat us pretty good in Chicago. They were tougher than us and they got in to us. You have to have a short memory in this game, but some games stand out to us. They kicked our butts down there and we wanted to play really good coming back home.”

CLIPPERS FORWARD WESLEY JOHNSON RE: Play of Jamal Crawford

“He has always questioned his age. He has found a fountain of youth from somewhere. He looks so young and feels so young. It is no surprise about what he does on the court.”

CLIPPERS FORWARD WESLEY JOHNSON RE: Team efforts

“We are staying with what we know. We had the blue print foundation for what we wanted to do and we are staying with it. Now everyone is getting the chemistry behind it and playing for each other, so we have to continue that.”

CLIPPERS FORWARD WESLEY JOHNSON RE: Playing on a winning team

“It makes everything so much better. You do not come in stressing and thinking about a lot of different things. We are playing to win. Everyone is on the same page and has the same goal in mind. It feels really good.”

CLIPPERS GUARD AUSTIN RIVERS RE: Creating chaos on the court

“I think we are at a point now where whoever is in the game, we pressure the ball and get it to our man. You can see how uncomfortable we are making people when we get in to it.”

CLIPPERS GUARD AUSTIN RIVERS RE: Being undersized

“You have to have rebounds. Taj Gibson is huge; he is one of the best rebounders in the game. So with that, sometimes you are used to sitting around the arc, but you have to go in and rebound. It is new habits that we have to create differently.”

BULLS HEAD COACH FRED HOIBERG RE: Team energy

“We had no grit or toughness and we were way too lackadaisical with closeouts. We didn’t do a good job staying in front of the ball and they were able to kick it out for open shots.”

BULLS HEAD COACH FRED HOIBERG RE: Consistency

“In the first half we had some really good looks that we missed. We were getting the ball in the paint and we outscored them by over 20 in the paint in the first half. We went in and had a deficit but we very well could have had the lead had we knocked some of those down. In the second-half, it just snow-balled. They [the Clippers] got comfortable and our shots just weren’t falling, which affected us on the other end. You’ve got to have that grit and toughness all the way through and we didn’t have that today.”

BULLS HEAD COACH FRED HOIBERG RE: Hacking strategy

“We did it to get the two-for-one and we did it again to try to stay in it, but [DeAndre Jordan] was in a pretty good rhythm today and really had his stroke going.”

BULLS HEAD COACH FRED HOIBERG RE: Team mental toughness

“You’ve got to fight through these struggles. As I’ve said all year, we’re a very good team when things are going well, and we can go out and play with a swagger and a confidence, but we lose that when things are not going well. Again, the Clippers scored 69 points in the second-half and you are not going to beat anyone when that happens.”

BULLS GUARD DERRICK ROSE RE: Early missed shots

“There is no way our missed shots should have affected us on the defensive end. It’s a learning experience once again, and we’ve got some young guys who we still have to give that confidence if their shots aren’t falling early on. We have to get that effort on the defensive end and stay locked into the game when the game isn’t going the way that you want it to. The guys on this team are willing to learn so that’s the good thing about it.”

BULLS GUARD DERRICK ROSE RE: Team inconsistency

“That’s been the story of our year. If I could put a finger on it I would, but the only thing I can think of is that effort and sticking with the game plan.”

BULLS GUARD DERRICK ROSE RE: Positives from tonight’s game

“We lost, and the biggest thing is winning games. No matter how many points you score, the only things I can think about are the mistakes. I had three or four turnovers, which I shouldn’t have. As far as the team, we won’t know the answers until we look at film.”

BULLS GUARD JIMMY BUTLER RE: Team improvements

“I don’t know any specifics, but I know we need to start winning. We can’t keep waiting, the time is now. Today just wasn’t a good one for our team.”

BULLS GUARD JIMMY BUTLER RE: Lack of team toughness

“We have guys doing whatever they want to do out there. We aren’t putting bodies on people, letting guys play to their strengths. That’s what defense is all about, toughness. We aren’t guarding anybody, and we weren’t very tough.”

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Rohit Ghosh

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Rohit is an L.A.-based sports journalist who contributes to SB Nation's Silver Screen and Roll, AccuScore, and the Taxi Squad Show based out of Utah. He also runs his own sports blog, Metta Chronicles. Follow him on Twitter @RohitGhosh where he discusses AccuScore projection data, a variety of sports-related topics, and even some Jazz music.
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