Game 5 quoteboard: Charles Barkley -- ‘This game was over ... quickly'

COMPILED BY RYAN SHARP, Assistant Sports Editor, rsharp@opubco.com Modified: May 11, 2011 at 11:55 pm •  Published: May 11, 2011
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*“We just played good basketball.”

 

*“Our guys have always had the ability to stay focused on the game on hand. They came back today very focused. Give our guys the credit. They came out with great energy. It worked tonight because they put in the effort.”

 

*“We knew that (Zach Randolph) was one of the best in the league at scoring in the paint. We want to make sure that he feels our body, and we want to make sure he sees multiple defenders around him. We throw multiple guys at him. Our guys have done a good job of really fighting him for every position on the floor. Nazr has been in the league for a long time...and still has more great years ahead of him. I thought he was really good tonight. He really made their guys work for the spots they wanted on the floor. We did a good job of making (Randolph's) shots tough.”

 

*“It was a great game tonight, but now it's time to move on. Tomorrow morning, we'll think about Game 6. (Memphis) is an incredible place to play. It's almost as good as ours.”  

Memphis coach Lionel Hollins: 

*“Not only were we physically down, we were probably down mentally as well.”

 

*“When we had energy we kept shooting ourselves in the foot by missing layups.”

 

*“We're not feeling sorry for ourselves. We have to go back home and regroup and be ready to play.”

 

*“I still believe in my team. I'll believe we'll come back. For us, it's a one-game series.”

 

*“I'm sure we'll come back and regroup on the flight back.”

 

*“We've won all year long. Zach hasn't had monster games every night. We've been a team all along, and we'll continue to be a team when it's over.”

 

Memphis' Marc Gasol:

 

*“I don't think fatigue was the issue. It was more our effort.”

 

*“When we got down a little bit, we gave up too easily.”

 

*“Right now, they're up one game and we have to win on Friday. Right now, they're playing better and sharing the ball. We've got to get better, too.”

 

*“We've got to win the next game. There is no other choice.”

 

*“They know Zach is really important to us.”

 

*“I guarantee Zach is going to bounce back.”

 

*“We've got a day to regroup. I have no doubt in my mind that we're going to stick together, and we're going to give them everything that we have.”



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