Quote Round Up: Thursday Practice

130425_dantoni_practiceHere’s a transcription of interviews from Thursday’s practice from *coach Mike D’Antoni, Steve Nash, Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard.

*Click on each name to watch the full video.

MIKE D’ANTONI
Q: On the status of Steve Blake, Steve Nash and Jodie Meeks for Game 3:
D’Antoni: Well, obviously, Steve Blake isn’t going to have a chance. He’s out for sure. Realistically, (Jodie) Meeks is more doubtful than (Steve) Nash, but we’ll see. Tomorrow is a new day and we’ll see how they feel. Obviously it’ll be a game-time decision, but we’ll see what happens.

Q: On if Darius Morris and Andrew Goudelock will see the bulk of the minutes in Game 3 should Blake, Nash and Meeks not play:
D’Antoni: Yeah, and (Chris) Duhon. We’ll get a look at the rest of the guys.

Q: On his feelings about possibly starting that backcourt:
D’Antoni: Again, it is what it is, and it’s not something you may wish, but at the same time, we need to dominate inside. That’s Pau (Gasol) and Dwight (Howard). They’ll play hard and they’ll be defensive. I know it’s hard, but at the same time, I feel we have enough to do it. We’re going to come out fighting and give it all we got.

Q: On what the team needs to do win Game 3:
D’Antoni: We have to dominate the glass, offensively and defensively. We have to make good plays. We’re going to have some of our guys step up, and I trust them to do it at this time. Antawn (Jamison), Earl (Clark), Metta (World Peace), Darius (Morris) – somebody’s going to have to have a good game. A couple of them have to have really good games. They can, and they’re capable.

STEVE NASH
Q: On his status:
Nash: I had the procedure (two epidural injections and cortisone shot) done this morning, and fingers crossed it’ll help (for Game 3).

Q: On when he tweaked his injury in Game 2:
Nash: I’m always in pain. (I’m) not right so to speak, but I felt OK enough to feel like I could be effective. The last three seconds of the half, I tweaked it trying to sprint the ball up court before the halftime buzzer, and then it just went downhill from there.

Q: On the chances of him playing in Game 3:
Nash: I don’t know. We’ll see. I have fingers crossed that it helps. I could play. I have been called a doctor of chemistry by certain people in the media, but I couldn’t make a prediction.

Q: On how he feels physically:
Nash: I’m still in a lot of discomfort, not only from last night, but getting a bunch of darts stuck in me.

Q: On if there is a chance he won’t play:
Nash: Absolutely. I’m very concerned. It’s really frustrating, especially because I was at the point where I was excited to start the last two games even though I still couldn’t sprint completely and I was not moving as well as I’d like. I still thought I could still be effective and find a way to help the team and impact the game. Obviously to tweak it before the half and for it to deteriorate set me back.

PAU GASOL
Q: On what the team needs to do to win Game 3:
Gasol: We have to come out with a lot of energy, and be able to sustain it for 48 minutes. We’re going to need our fans’ support, and feed us as much energy as possible to continue to carry it throughout the game. Continue to fight and not let our frustration from the two games and two losses to carry over. They know they have an opportunity to really have a huge advantage in the series and put us in a corner, so right now, the pressure is on us and we need to do the job at home just like we’ve done all year.

Q: On hearing of Steve Blake’s injury:
Gasol: It’s just hard to lose teammates, and teammates that are playing their hearts out. At this point in the year – a critical point in the year – we’ve fought so hard to be here, and it’s hard not to be able to have the players that we can have at this point to have a better chance against a really good San Antonio team.

DWIGHT HOWARD
Q: On the Spurs offensive performance from Game 1 to Game 2:
Howard: They just made some tough shots, and they did it in those last two or three minutes. We have to do a better job of closing out quarters, and making sure those last two or three minutes that we finish strong.

Q: On what the team needs to do to come away with a win in Game 3:
Howard: We just got to make shots. On the defensive end, we have to make sure we do a good job of keeping those guys in front of us. We got to make sure we control Tony Parker from getting in the paint and doing damage. The biggest thing is those last couple minutes of the quarter. We have to do a better job of closing them out.