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Official postgame quotes: Lakers 96, Jazz 71

Published January 3, 2012 4:30 pm
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Official postgame quotes from the Jazz's 96-71 road loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday at Staples Center.

Jazz C.J. Miles on what's not working with offense:"We just have to find some continuity, some rhythm, where everybody knows what everybody likes to do. I don't think that we've gotten to that point where everybody knows where everybody likes to be." Jazz C.J. Miles on Lakers's energy after playing three straight nights:"Yeah, we expected them to come out and play hard, especially after losing two. They are coming out and trying to get a win, especially after the first one feeling like they shouldn't have lost that one and the second one going in to a young Sacramento team. They were definitely going to come in tonight and try to be aggressive and try to get a win with their home fans behind them. And they did that. They came out and played hard." Jazz Al Jefferson on preseason game against Portland and this game mean maybe this season isn't going to be easy:"It's a wakeup call but there's no need to panic. We know what we got to do. When we started off everybody kept saying the Lakers are on their third game, in their third night but they were in more of a rhythm. This was our first game and we just had to be better than what we were but it's a wakeup call and it's not the end of the world. We played a good team on their home floor and we got to be better." Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin on what worked and what didn't work:"Well, you know, we missed a lot of shots and I think that got off of our defensive game because we missed shots. They came out there really aggressive and they ran the ball down the board and got the ball where they wanted to and we didn't get the shots I know we probably wanted to so we pressed a little bit."Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin on whether the team was frustrated:"I think the guys were out there fighting hard we just missed shots and we missed some assignments. But I don't think we were feeling sorry for ourselves. We just struggled. I mean, we struggled making baskets."Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin on the Jazz's performance:"That first quarter I thought we were coming along pretty good. They [Lakers] made a run on us and you know, as a result, you shoot twenty six percent for the first half and thirty two percent for the game…it's tough to beat anybody doing that."Jazz Coach Tyrone Corbin on his expectations for the Lakers:"As I told the guys before the game, if you expect them [Lakers] to come out laying down because they feel that they played three games in three nights, you're mistaken."Lakers' Kobe Bryant on tonight's game:"We did a much better job defensively, we took care of the ball. We only had nine turnovers tonight, so that was a big key for us. But also we read each other a lot better, I know where my guys are, it makes it a lot easier to find them."Lakers' Kobe Bryant on how he feels physically and mentally after 3 games in 3 nights:"I feel alright. I feel a little tired, but that's fine as long as the legs feel strong, which they do."Lakers' Kobe Bryant on seeing improvements:"Oh for sure, for sure. Utah is a very tough team to take out of their execution, and we managed to do that."Lakers' Kobe Bryant on what they can learn from the last three games:"We should have won all three of them. We beat ourselves, Chicago, we beat ourselves in turnovers, free throws. Sacramento, they shot the lights out, but we still should've won that game, we just didn't execute the right way defensively. Tonight, we put it all together."Lakers' Kobe Bryant on the Lakers new offense: "There was an urgency in all those games, it's just about execution. I'm telling you, you've got to get rid of the habits. We've been doing the same thing now for six, seven years, some of us longer than that. You've just got to break those habits."Lakers' Kobe Bryant on the character of the team:"We're a very active team. This is a blue collar team. This is a scrappy bunch as you saw tonightâ€-we're going to fight, and scratch, and claw for everything, as it should be. That'll get us by."

Lakers' Metta World Peace on the Lakers first win:"We've got a long way to go, it's just one win. We've got to keep working, we're still not satisfied, and we still have to improve."Lakers' Metta World Peace on his 14-point scoring effort:"We're just playing team ball that's it. Some games I'm going to have two points, some games I'm going to have ten. The main thing is that we just play together."Lakers' Pau Gasol on the Lakers first win:"It was a good game overall, just a good effort. We got 48 minutes from everybody out there. I'm proud of our guys. Our hard work paid off and now we have to build on it."Lakers' Pau Gasol on beating the Jazz"We have to worry about ourselves. Obviously tonight's game was one we wanted to win no matter what after the two tough loses that we just had. We did what we had to do."Lakers' Pau Gasol on his injured shoulder:"It still bothers me a little bit but it felt better today than it did last night so it seems like it's under control."Lakers' Pau Gasol on his offense:"I am trying to be more active and make myself more available for my teammates and then just attack. I have to get to the line more like I did tonight and just be aggressive. Teams might throw different coverages here and there but I will just continue to be aggressive and it pays off."

Lakers coach Mike Brown opening statement:"I thought our guys did a nice job defensively. They came out and they set the tone for the game on that end of the floor. We knew Utah —- they execute fairly well —- but more than anything else, they have a lot of live, active bodies that hit the glass. To hold a team to 32 percent and 71 points in an NBA game, I don't care who you're playing, you're doing something right on that end of the floor. The focus, the energy, the effort, that communication and trust that we brought defensively was exciting to see."Lakers coach Mike Brown on performance tonight and team's development through three games:"I thought we were pretty good defensively. There were some isolated instances where we broke down with our coverages, but I thought overall, we were pretty solid defensively. Offensively, for the most part, we did a nice job of moving bodies and moving the ball. It did resonate with the 17 assists, but I thought we made some passes to open guys." Lakers coach Mike Brown on Pau Gasol's play tonight:"His scoring game tonight, he was very aggressive. We need that aggression out of him. But he is a facilitator. He does it for his international team and he plays that high post area and makes plays. When they need him to score, he is obviously capable of scoring. I like Pau's game; I like what he's bringing to the table for us."Lakers coach Mike Brown on Metta World Peace:"Metta is taking on a leadership role with that second unit, plus he's showing that ability to score for us, which is what we need from him with the bench that we have."Lakers coach Mike Brown on putting Kobe and Pau back in the fourth quarter:"I told a couple people before the game that whether we win or lose, I was going to give them the day off. I wanted to make sure we secured this win. If I could have helped it, I wouldn't have put those guys back in. In a lot of situations, I may not put those guys back in, but they were ready for us."The Salt Lake Tribune

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