POST GAME: Quotes from Donovan and Players

Coach Billy Donovan, players Taurean Green and Joakim Noah talk about their victory over South Carolina and winning their second straight SEC Tournament Championship.

Florida Post-Game Quotes

COACH BILLY DONOVAN: Well, I think for our basketball team and for most teams, South Carolina is a very hard match up. I think one of the things that they do and they do very well, if you really zero in and watch them, is they get a lot of easy baskets in transition off your turnovers and ill advised shots.

They hold the ball. They hold it for about 30 seconds every possession. And we just felt like coming into this game, they had great players that have been able to make plays against us at the end of the games with the shot clock winding down, and just thought our team playing two games didn't want to chase them around. Wanted to try to allow our guys to challenge shots, keep them out of the lane, stay out of foul trouble, but they're a hard team to play against because they push it on misses and turnovers and try to get easy baskets and hold it for 35 seconds and got guys like Kinsey and trace and Tre' Kelley and Balkman. They have. They create and make plays. Just felt like maybe playing them some zone would take that away.

I thought in the game we shot ourselves in the foot a lot of times in the second half. I believe our first five possessions we turned it over four times. We were up by 11. I think Corey maybe turned the ball over in the mid definitely a possession a fast break. We had a chance to go up with 13 with the ball in our hands, gave us two back to back 3s.

We fouled the three point shooter twice in the second half. I think it really came down to at least I felt like our team did not have that zip after playing for three games. I thought both teams fatigue is a game win on definitely settled in.

But I'm very, very proud of our kids. I'm proud of the way they competed, the way they played, and it was a game that really it came down to the wire, but we kind of allowed them to get back in. And get closer and defensively, I thought their quickness at times really bothered us. We really weren't able to run very many sets.

We really, when we did get the ball inside, we had a tough time with their quickness. They're a good team, very good team, and they play a style that, you know, again is unique and a little bit different than what we face. But our kids just kept battling and playing and, I mean, to win a championship game not even get to go 50 points is truly remarkable.

We talked to our guys last night just about this was going to be a game that they're going to try to shorten the game. They're going to try to take a 40 minute game and make it a 25 minute game, and they're a team that really if it's almost like possession football a little bit. You look at time of possession, their time of possession every game is unbelievable. They run around. You know, they get a wide open layup or shot. They're into the shooting until ten seconds.

We're fortunate to win. I'm proud of all these kids, and we'll have to move on to the next thing after we find out tonight where we're going.

THE MODERATOR: Okay. We'll take questions now for take you and Joakim. If you have questions for either, raise your hands. Let's start in the middle.

Q. Joe, can you talk about the last play, what you saw when Corey let go of the ball and exactly also the block of Balkman on the rebound?

JOAKIM NOAH: Well, it's all about being in the right place at the right time.

THE MODERATOR: Closer to the microphone.

JOAKIM NOAH: No, no. It's all about being at the right place at the right time. Luck plays a big role in that because the ball could have went in a different trajectory, and it's just a great feeling right now. I mean, I don't even in my mind it just went by so fast, but it just next thing I knew, I mean, we won, so

Q. Block? No, no block. He went up and I blocked it.

THE MODERATOR: Let's take the next question right here in the front.

Q. Taurean, if you had to do it all over, would you have pulled up and not shot the 3, the air ball he shot. If you had to do it all over?

TAUREAN GREEN: No. I mean, it was an open look. I just Coach also tells me to step into my shot 1, 2, but I hopped into it, you know. I think that was the reason why I air balled it.

THE MODERATOR: Other questions, raise your hand? Down in the back.

Q. Taurean, down the stretch you guys just had a lot of trouble getting the getting into any kind of offense flow. Would you talk about that?

TAUREAN GREEN: You know, they were pressuring us in the second half a lot, and they were taking passing lanes away, and I think they wanted us to drive into their big guys so they get blocked shots or try to steal the ball and try to get easy buckets on the break.

I just think that's what they tried to do, just turn the pressure up on us, try to make a bad play.

THE MODERATOR: Hands up? Where are we.

Q. You don't know, but I'm going to, hypothetically for the two players, if you find out you're going to Jacksonville, what would be your reaction?

THE MODERATOR: Taurean.

TAUREAN GREEN: It doesn't matter. I mean, we're just we're going to have take play a team, you know. It really doesn't matter where we go to us.

THE MODERATOR: Same for Joakim? No.

JOAKIM NOAH: It would be great to play in Jacksonville because of the fan base, but at the same time, we can't be worried about where we're going to play. Those things we can't control. So, of course, it would be great opportunity for us to play in front of a big Florida Gator fan base, but, at the same time, I mean, we have to be prepared for anything.

THE MODERATOR: Okay. Other questions for either? Hands up. Any others? Okay. We'll excuse take you and Joakim to the locker room. Thank you. We'll continue on with questions for Coach Donovan. If you have one, raise your hand.

Q. Billy, when you look at the stat sheet, are you more surprised that you won or that you only won by two?

COACH BILLY DONOVAN: Well, probably a little bit of both. Tonight today we won because of our defense and they didn't shoot the ball particularly well. I would say it was a combination that we did at times challenge their shots, and there was maybe also some shots they just didn't knockdown.

I felt like the game was coming down to I told our guys last night the game is going to come down to one, our ability on the fast break to take care of basketball and go inside and work inside to out. We really did a poor job in that area but give South Carolina credit. Their quickness turned us over.

We had 18 turnovers in the game to 11 assists. We haven't done a good job in this turnover tournament taking care of the basketball. What we've done in this tournament, if you look at the one thing that's been the constant, our 3 point field goal percentage defense. Teams are shooting 25, 26 percent against us, and I think the 3 point line is one of the keyest, maybe the keyest stat on any stat sheet in tournament play.

They took 27 3s, many, almost half their shots, were 3s. They didn't make them. We, on other end actually shot a very high percentage against their defense, but you look at when you play against South Carolina, it's about statistics. And what I mean by that is you got to eliminate their second shots hustle plays offensive rebounds, which in the first half, we really did a pretty good job on except there was about two possessions where they got about four, five offensive rebounds.

For the most part, we limited them in the first half to one shot. We didn't let them get out on the break, and we made them, you know, hold on to the ball, and we kept them in front at the end.

In the second half, I thought our turnovers, fouling the 3 shooters, kind of lead into them really getting back into the game. It was our turnovers that lead them back in the game.

So it's one of those things where I think you look at the fact that they took so many 3s, they didn't shoot a big percentage. That's going to give you a chance. They took 19 more shots than we did because they grabbed 15 offensive rebounds to our four.

So really probably for us it's totally different ends of the spectrum, when you look at the stat sheet, that we're trying to do. If we have could have taken better care of basketball and gotten another turned it over 12 times against 14 times, had another four, five possessions, maybe we would have had a little bit of a bigger lead coming down the stretch. Also, they didn't make shots which unfortunately didn't allow them to have the lead.

I knew it was going to be this type of game because I just told our guys, "We're going to have to grind it out." It was going to have to be an ugly game. We were not going to allow them to I thought that they I think that they fatigued. They got experienced guys that are older and run you around in the half court.

You get caught playing man to man. You run around the floor. All of a sudden you give up a second shot. I thought the zone allowed to not rest, but prevented us from having to chase them all around the floor.

THE MODERATOR: Question on the aisle.

Q. Billy, I'm just wondering, have you contemplated at all this curious history you guys have had with the SEC Tournament and the NCAA Tournament? Seemed like you couldn't do in the SEC Tournament, you did well in the big tournament, and now it's been kind of opposite lately. Have you contemplated that at all? What do you make of that?

COACH BILLY DONOVAN: No. I think every year is different. I mean, for many years here in the beginning of my time here at Florida, you know, we really never got out of the quarter finals with some pretty good teams. Now it's been three consecutive years in the finals.

I think the thing with the NCAA Tournament that people don't realize, the seedings don't mean anything unless you are really a 1 or 2 seed. If you're a 1 or 2 seed, there's going to be a huge talent discrepancy. Once you start moving into 3, 4, 5, 6 you look at a team like Michigan State, you know, or a Seton Hall or somebody that's going to get an Alabama that's going to have like an 8, 9, 10 seed. I mean, on a neutral site when I don't remember playing against a school from a major conference, anything could possibly happen.

I look at the teams that we've played and in particular here of late, Villanova was a travel away from upsetting North Carolina, and North Carolina maybe was the best team in college basketball last year.

Villanova has obviously been ranked in the top, you know, five all year long. I think that the trick in the NCAA Tournament is no one has got the NCAA Tournament figured out. I think the trick in the NCAA Tournament, the best team doesn't necessarily win a national championship. It's not the NBA where you play the best out of seven. It's a one shot deal on neutral site. I think the trick from the NCAA Tournament is get, for example, in regular consistent basis and giving yourself an opportunity to make something special happen.

I can't sit here and say we have some magic potion now because we've been in the three straight finals here in the SEC Tournament, that we got it all figured out and we'll be back again next year and the year after and the year after that. If that was the case, you would have, you know, the same teams in the Final Four every single year. You have the same team there's no secret formula. There's luck, there's match ups, there's guys making keep shots. Look at the way we won today. Corey Brewer and Joakim Noah is in the right place and tips it in.

Sometimes there's things that are out of your control. I'm appreciative and thankful that we have an opportunity and we've had an opportunity for the last eight years to even get into the tournament, and I'm excited about the opportunity the last three years to be.

Sometimes you're downtime allows you to appreciate a little bit more the good times.

THE MODERATOR: Okay. Question in the back.

Q. Billy, in the first half, they come out and they went 3 for 25, and you guys couldn't put them away. What was Florida's problem there, because you had the opportunity?

COACH BILLY DONOVAN: Self inflicted wounds, you know? It was all just self inflicted. We're up by 11 and get a stop, and Corey Brewer has got the ball in the middle of floor and tries to be inbetween three guys. He gets it stolen. They throw to the 3 point line. Now the lead goes from 11 to 8.

Then we come back down the floor, we miss a shot, we don't do a good job getting back. They knockdown those 3. Now all of a sudden, it's 5. Within 30 seconds, we went from an 11 point lead to 5 point lead.

Noah fouls a 3 point shooter. Brewer is running down the right hand side. He fouls a 3 point shooter. I really thought we contributed to them getting back in the game would with our mental errors. We had an opportunity to start the second half to take the lead from 7 to 15, and we turned the ball over four of our first five possessions.

Now, they did a very good job pressuring us, and I'm not taking away because they were disruptive, and our point guard had 8 turnovers in the game. But I didn't like how sharp we were. This was really this game for both teams was just kind of more about wills these kids competing. Because they were very, very aggressive and they their quickness caused us problems, but also we played good enough defense, and we struggled taking care of the basketball.

So I thought some of the reason we couldn't put them away was because we made mistakes in crucial times. They're a team to me that because of their Kelley being a senior; Balkman, junior; Kinsey, senior; just their team, Tisby, senior, they prey upon mistakes of a youthful team, and we made some mistakes at inopportunistic times that allowed them to hang around and give themselves a chance to win.

THE MODERATOR: Question over here.

Q. Will you just follow up to what the gentleman asked over there. Not many teams other than Kentucky have won back to back tournaments here. What's the significance of that that you've been able to do that?

COACH BILLY DONOVAN: I'm very, very thankful. I think there's a lot of people that contribute to it. I think it's the players. It's the assistant coaches. It's the administration. It's really the University of Florida and the commitment that's been made. But I think more than anything else, the more and more I do this, so much of being able to get to championship games is so much based on the guys that you recruit's mentality. Just their mentality and their makeup.

That's the unfortunate and most difficult part in recruiting is you can evaluate shooting, passing and handling, you can evaluate all the physical skills, but I would be lying to you if I thought that Joakim Noah was the competitor that he is and Al Horford is the competitor that he is.

Taurean Green is about as tough and hard nose of a point guard as I've ever coached, and I would have thought anything but that when I met him during the recruiting process. Very mild and meek kid who handles himself very well.

I just think so much of being able to win championships is you've got to have good talent, but the talent has got to have some serious character and makeup internally. That's what you try to do is find it.

We've got a group of guys. I don't know what's going to happen here going forward, but in terms of competitiveness, toughness, physicality, play to compete, play to win, emotional, unselfish, all things that you can't see and evaluate, that's what's allowed us to come back has been those type of kids.

THE MODERATOR: Okay. We got time for two, three more. Did you have one come in on down to the front right here? Mike, go ahead.

Q. Billy, you've said before that teams that play on Sunday shouldn't open the NCAA Tournament on Thursday. If you go to Jacksonville, you would play on Thursday. The fact that it's a bus ride, that travel schedule has got to make it a lot easier for you.

COACH BILLY DONOVAN: I think it does. Again, I've said this before about our tournament. I just think that sometimes it's better off finishing on Saturday. But TV and everything else, you know, dictates some of that.

If we're playing on Thursday, you know what? We've got to be prepared and ready to play. That's the hand, and you know what, I'm hopeful that we can rejuvenate our guys. I am a little bit concerned right now the emotional level our guys went through for the last three games and really the last week and a half of the season, just the emotional level of being able to regroup and get out there. We've got to be able to do that.

Whatever it is, whenever we're playing, if it is Jacksonville, certainly the travel is a little bit more convenient. But my biggest thing right now is I felt like coming down the stretch these games, we were able to get our guys mentally and physically rejuvenated. I feel like today we looked worn.

I think South Carolina looked worn, too. But you know what? After playing three straight games, you're supposed to be worn. I would be disappointed if they felt fresh. That means they didn't leave it here. We've got to find a way to get them back physically.

THE MODERATOR: Last question right here.

Q. Coach Donovan, in relation to the offensive strategy that you talked about, how much emphasis was placed on your kid's movement without the ball?

COACH BILLY DONOVAN: We wanted to create some ball and player movement against them. But they Balkman does a great job and Wallace. They're long and quick, and sometimes your post people look like they're open and they shoot the gap. I think you've got to give them moment. I think they've got too much quickness that if you become a little stationary and stagnant, they're just too good. You got to keep them involved in screening action.

Really at the end of the game, I thought that they were taking us out of our offense. And what we really try to do is with a little dribble weave, and I had Taurean try to drive it to Corey and pitch it back to him. All I wanted Taurean to do at six foot eight is downplay any great penetration, try to force some help, and get the ball up the on the glass and maybe one of their bigs stepped up. He kind of turned the corner. I think Wallace or somebody went up to block it. But we really weren't able to run very much offense. Probably us trying to run offense when we did a good job of it, we scored, but you got to give them credit.

I think that Dave is a class guy. His team did an unbelievable job here. We're very fortunate to win. Part of me really feels bad that their team can't get to the NCAA Tournament. That may sound crazy. Don't get me wrong. I'm glad we won the championship and wouldn't give it up for anything. But when you see their kids play the way they did and then you have to see the faces after, that's the thing that's hard. I'm really happy for our team, but you know what, their team, their coaching staff, their kids deserve a lot of credit. Because you know what? What I talked about in the recruiting process, the makeup of kids. South Carolina kids have that. Kinsey's got that. Balkman's got that. Tre' Kelley's got that. So you got to give them a lot of credit for our inability to run the offense and score.

THE MODERATOR: Thank you very much.

COACH BILLY DONOVAN: Thank you.

South Carolina Post-Game Quotes

THE MODERATOR: We're ready to begin with South Carolina.

We'll begin and ask Coach Odom for some opening remarks on the game, and then we'll go to the players for questions. Coach?

COACH DAVE ODOM: Well, I couldn't say that was a championship caliber game in terms of being played really, really well, beautiful to watch. I think both teams felt the other pressure of the other team. In that, I think both teams can be proud.

I cannot remember the last game that I've been in of this magnitude where a team shot so poorly early on. And, you know, I told the team at halftime, I don't believe in the first half we took a bad shot. I mean, I may backup on that, but after I look at the tape, but I think every shot we took was open and advisable.

I think Florida did what every good coach and every good team does. They say, "How about taking the shot we want you to take rather than the one you want to take?" And they kind of lured us into a web, their web, and we took those shots.

Now, had we been taking the shot because we wanted it as opposed to them wanting us to take it because I am confident Coach Donovan would not have stayed in the zone if we started making shots. I'm sure that he told his team, "We're going to play zone early, see if they're making shots. If they are, we'll come out of it quickly." We didn't. They stayed in it. Bad became worse.

The thing that held us in it, our defense. Defensively I thought we played with great purpose, great togetherness, and great intent, commitment. Finally we came out of it, began to work our way back, down 7 at half, cut that margin down. Did we get down 11 at one time? Is that right? Is that what I remember, 11 at one time? Yes? Okay.

At that point, I think the mettle of our team really rose to the top. We started making shots. We started getting defensive stops. We rebounded the ball, got in the open court, made a run at it.

The last possession in which they scored was very typical of the inside points that they got all day long.

I think again, I may back up on this, but when I look at the tape, I think we did as well defensively against their inside game, their inside patterns as we could possibly do. I don't think they got many points in the paint out of pattern, out of their patterns.

I think there were second chance points, not necessarily rebounds, but, you know, tipped balls, deflections, things that got to their big men, and they were able to put the ball back in, and that's really what won the game. It was a deflection, it was a missed shot, ball was tipped around, and who was it, Noah, that ended up with the ball and laid it up and laid it in at point blank.

I could have taken a timeout then. I chose to go ahead and play it. You know, you get the ball in as close as we got it, you could get a foul there. We didn't. There was no foul. There was no foul. We could have gotten a foul and maybe gotten to the free throw line. I didn't want to let them set their defense.

What you do there is, you know, you play it out and you give your team, our team, a chance to win it and we did. That's all any coach wants, a chance to win the game in the last minute, a game like this. We had that chance. I have no regrets, none. No regrets.

THE MODERATOR: Okay. We'll take questions for Tre' and Tarence. If you have questions for either ever them, please raise your hand. Let's start right in the front. Go ahead.

Q. Tre', I noticed down the stretch that the coach was trying to give you some instructions on the side line. You sort of waved that off. Could you explain what was happening then in I think it was Coach Duckett.

TRE' KELLEY: I really don't know what you're talking in regards to.

Q. It was during a timeout. He came up and sort of said something and you waved it off.

TRE' KELLEY: I have no idea.

THE MODERATOR: Question over here on the front?

Q. Tre', as many shots that didn't go down today, the last shot you took, how confident did you feel about taking it and then when you let it go?

TRE' KELLEY: I felt a bit confident in that shot. As I think back, I think I should have got it in, took it to the lane and try to find one of my players on the outside or inside.

THE MODERATOR: Question in the back?

Q. Tarence, let's talk about how disappointing it is for you in a game of this magnitude, you shoot 4 for 14 from the field.

TARENCE KINSEY: Everyone is entitled to games like this, but I think you can't worry about just the jump shot. Since my shot wasn't falling, I try to concentrate more on defense and try to correct for the team, rebound, do other things, but any other night my shot will fall. I'm not down on myself for that.

THE MODERATOR: Have a question on the aisle.

Q. Tarence and Tre', you had a lot of open shots early on. Coach mentioned that I think you were 0 for 13 in 3s at one point. How much do you think that was fatigue, or would you attribute any of it to fatigue?

THE MODERATOR: Tarence?

TARENCE KINSEY: I don't think it was fatigue. It wasn't our night from the beginning. The shots was there. We took the shots with confidence. That's all you can ask for is a player to take a shot with confidence.

THE MODERATOR: Same for Tre'.

TRE' KELLEY: Also don't think it's fatigue. Some of them rimmed; some of them were shot. When we really needed them down in the stretch in the second half, some of our guys stepped up and really hit key shots.

THE MODERATOR: Hands up? Other questions for either? Alright. Let's come over to the far side.

Q. When you guys were down 11 and shots weren't falling, how much did having beaten Florida twice this year factor in terms of your confidence in knowing could you come back on them. Both players, please.

THE MODERATOR: Tre', go first.

TRE' KELLEY: We're a fighting team anyway, I think. So it didn't matter who we were playing against. We're down 11, we had to still fight. None of my teammates or myself really thought about the last two games, at least part of today. So we just went out and when we got down 11, we knew that we can do better, make some shots, make some defensive stops and eventually that's what happened.

THE MODERATOR: Tarence.

TARENCE KINSEY: I can't answer no better than what he said. We're a fighting team.

THE MODERATOR: Let's come next to the aisle.

Q. Both players, how disappointed are you to be so close to going to the NCAA Tournament and come up a little short?

THE MODERATOR: Tre'?

TRE' KELLEY: We're disappointed in the loss. I don't think it has anything to do with the NCAA Tournament. We didn't really think about that during no part of the game or no part of this time that we're here for this week.

We're disappointed in the loss. That's really all I can say.

TARENCE KINSEY: I agree again.

THE MODERATOR: Time for one more question for either. Alright. Let's go right to the front. Last question.

Q. Tarence, in the first half, you guys didn't seem to be in rhythm in the first half with the shooting. If you can comment about that and the outcome of the game.

TARENCE KINSEY: Like the Coach said, it seemed like we were taking the shots with confidence, but it seems like we were aiming rather than shooting. Kind of like forcing it, hoping it would go in. Then we probably took our time, some of those shots would have felt like they did in the second half.

THE MODERATOR: Thank you. You can be excused to the locker room. We'll continue on with questions for Coach Odom. If you'll raise your hand and we'll get a microphone to you. Let's start right in the middle on the left side.

Q. Coach, have you ever seen as impressive a display of heart and soul and guts as Renaldo showed during these four days?

THE MODERATOR: Renaldo was sensational with his effort and his commitment to what we were trying to do, but I would be remiss if I didn't say he had a lot of help, you know. The two guys that just left here showed an equal amount. Brandon Wallace was not himself today. He had a bruised back.

I thought he played with a lot of heart, as well and Rocky Trice. They all did. But certainly Renaldo has the propensity for doing the extraordinary. I mean, he really does. He has a knack for it.

He was terrific today. He really was. He was terrific all four days.

You know, I think his teammate he's very popular with his teammates, very popular with the fans and media. And most of the time he's very popular with me.

THE MODERATOR: Hands up, other questions. On the aisle.

Q. Coach, at one point you guys were 3 for 24 I think from the field, and all three of them were dunks or layups. I know the guys said they didn't think it was fatigue, but what do you think it was besides

COACH DAVE ODOM: You know, I really thought I can't remember. I think it was Tarence that said it. I really think he was right. I don't think it was fatigue because you're not going to be fatigued in the first ten minutes and not be fatigued in the last five minutes when we actually got the lead.

That's when your fatigue is going to show. And I really don't think that it was fatigue. I think we missed shots, and as I've said so many times this year, you know, without a true inside game, you know, we need to hit outside shots to open up an inside game.

And you got to give the Florida coaches an awful lot of credit. I told the team last night when we were meeting, "They are going to zone us until we prove we can make shots. They're going to do it."

Because they know we can go with a smaller lineup, and they don't want Noah and they don't want Horford and Richard and those guys chasing our smaller guys. They don't want it. They're going to sit in the zone until we prove we can make shots on this particular day. We can make shots, but can we make them today? Didn't make them early. Made them late. That's when your fatigue shows. It was not fatigue. We just missed shots.

As I said earlier, I told the guys "Keep "shooting. I'm one that will pull them dabbing back when I think they're taking bad shots. They didn't take bad shots. They were taking open shots.

THE MODERATOR: Question down front. Go ahead.

Q. Dave, just talk about the four days and what your team accomplished while you were here in Nashville.

COACH DAVE ODOM: Well, you know, four days of basketball in March is where you want to be if you're a college basketball coach and a college basketball and college basketball fan. That's where you want to be.

You know, to be able to focus one assignment, bonus game, one day at a time, is really the trick of the trade. If you try if you start on Monday or Tuesday of the tournament week and you try to take the whole tournament on in one lump, it's too much, it's too weighty. You can't do it.

What you have to do when you're in a situation, I believe, when you're in the situation we were in, you've got to make every game somewhat championship like. But it can only be one game.

As much as you possibly can, you close that out. Now, in doing that, you are testing your team; you're teaching your team. You're asking them to do certain things that ordinary people can't do. Extraordinary people can do those things. Only extraordinary people.

That's what you ask in situations like that, and I think without exception, our team accomplished that. They did an extraordinary thing in advancing to the finals four consecutive days against four different but yet exceptionally good basketball teams. All four different. And they answered the bell everyday. Fell two points short of the championship.

But, they measured up in every other way. Respect for the Championship, respect for their opponents, respect for each other, respect for the game. And one of the things I tell my team, "You can never cheat the game; the game always wins." Our kids stood up. They respected it.

THE MODERATOR: Hands up. Right to the front.

Q. Dave, can you talk about the last sequence there when you guys played great defense against Brewer and they just get the put back and then obviously down the other end?

COACH DAVE ODOM: Well, you know, that was the game in a capsule right there.

I thought you know, I'm not criticizing. I thought Florida ball handlers were a little nervous down the stretch, and we wanted to put a little more handling pressure on them. I wanted the ball I wasn't afraid that they would go by us or anything like that. I thought the pressure was on them. They had the lead, and psychologically maybe they were feeling more heat down the stretch than they would normally feel and the worst that could happen is that the ball would be tossed to a non ball handler and ask him to make a play, a Horford or a Noah, those kind of guys. Then things can happen for you. You can get a charge, throw the ball out of bounds. All kinds of things that can happen.

So, you know, I thought with Wednesday we defensively did everything we possibly could do in the last two, three segments. Our or possessions.

Unfortunately, Noah's size and arm length and sense for the game he's got a great sense for the game won out. He was there when the ball was deflected or missed. I think it was a shot, it was missed, and he was right there to put it back.

And we weren't. We were chasing the ball or whatever we were doing, but we weren't where we needed to be. And, you know, of course, the last offensive possession again, I thought they were back on their heels a little bit, and I wanted I would have liked to have had a little more aggression off the dribble, possibly get fouled, maybe drive in, draw the defense, throw it out, shoot the 3, win the game, that kind thing.

THE MODERATOR: We got time for one more. Take it right here in the front.

Q. Coach, with you praising your defense, you say that the game came down to them making more crucial basket. Can you talk about the last basket.

COACH DAVE ODOM: I think it's that. Remember now, in the last I think last three minutes we missed three free throws, our two best free throwers. No, we missed two, excuse me. Tarence missed one and Tre' no, Tre' missed two. We did miss three in the last three minutes, four minutes. I can't give you an exact time. You'll have to look that up.

I know Tre's was deep. I know that. I think Tarence, he got fouled on that 3, and he missed the front end of that, made his 2 and Tre' missed the 2.

So, you know, while field goals are big, you know, it was win time at that moment and you got to cash in on those. So let's not again, I'm not trying to put the burden on those guys. What happened happened, but, I mean, it wasn't all field goals made or field goals missed. We did have that opportunity, as well.

THE MODERATOR: Thank you.


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