Memphis' Quincy Pondexter says he would have made Game 1 shot if not for foul

Q&A — Memphis coach Lionel Hollins designed a potential game-tying, last-second shot in Game 1 for reserve Quincy Pondexter. Pondexter talks about what would have happened if he'd gotten that shot off without being fouled and being drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder.
by Berry Tramel Published: May 15, 2013
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Pondexter: “Man, everybody. Every single player out there. First two series, I've guarded every position, every player . I'm just out there trying to get wins. I'll play any position I have to.”

Memphis' defense is so tough, is Lionel Hollins' philosophy, play defense or don't play?

Pondexter: “We have a lot of guys that have a defensive-first mentality built in 'em. So it's not like we're doing anything necessarily different, per se. Everyone's just playing their game, playing within themselves. Everyone's really hungry on the defensive end, because they know that's what it takes to win.”

In Game 1, did Hollins set up the final play for you to shoot a game-tying 3-pointer?

Pondexter: “He set it up. Wasn't much time left on the clock. I wish I had made those free throws. But everything happens for a reason. I've moved on from it, but never forget.”

Is that a confidence boost, that your coach would put that kind of trust in you?

Pondexter: “We needed a 3-pointer. Mike Conley, they (coaches) knew they were going to be guarding him. I didn't think teams would be guarding me as tough from the three. I got an open look at it, got fouled on the shot. I wish I had made it.”

Were you surprised Reggie Jackson came so hard that he fouled you?

Pondexter: “If he didn't, I would have made it.”

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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