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.”