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Hawks vs Nets: Postgame Coaches Quotes

Atlanta Hawks head coach Larry Drew

On the game:

“This game was totally different from the last time we played Brooklyn. I’m just speaking on behalf of our team’s energy. We played tonight with a lot more energy, we were able to sustain through four quarters. We had some rocky moments. Overall I think we did a good job in controlling the tempo and dictating the pace of the game. We got out and ran really well. I thought Al Horford got us off to a really good start, Josh Smith played a very solid game. Coming into this game the main thing we were concerned about was the matchups. The first three meetings we had with Brooklyn we went big with them, this time we decided to just go with our regular lineup and it seemed as if that was a good call by the coach. We were able to get out and run, I think our speed and our quickness were very obvious. I think the fast break points were 22-6. We got a lot of good deflections, got out hands on a lot of balls. Offensively we did a good job of executing; we did a great job of shooting the basketball. We finished up with thirty assists and when we play like that we are a pretty good ball club.”

Brooklyn Nets interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo

On the team’s lack of defense and effort:

“We didn’t defend. I don’t think we defended for most of the game. We let our lead slip away in the first quarter and the third. We didn’t defend Al [Horford] or Josh [Smith] very well in the second half. And we didn’t convert shots in the paint, we have to finish and not turn the ball over. The Hawks shot over 50% and there were too many times the Hawks drove to the basket and our defensive help wasn’t there. They played as if the game meant a lot more and understood how important this game was.”

On the Hawks transition buckets:

“Some of them were off turnovers, particularly early in the fourth quarter. We had a couple of really important passes and bad breakaways and could not get back on defense. Turnovers caused a lot of the Hawks transition points. Some of it was our big and smalls not finishing and exposing our backcourt. Points in the paint was also a problem.”

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