Jazz's Corbin says Grizzlies' Mayo 'made good shots' during fourth-quarter barrage
Published: April 14, 2012 10:22PM
Updated: April 14, 2012 10:22PM

Memphis, Tenn. — Official postgame quotes following the Jazz's 103-98 loss to the Grizzlies on Saturday.

JAZZ GUARD DEVIN HARRIS (20 POINTS, 1 REBOUND)

On the loss:
The fight is there coming back from last night and you have to applaud it, but like I said it comes back to execution, defensively and offensively. We have shown at times when we execute very well, and we have shown in some of these tough games where we haven’t. We learn from it and we can’t panic. We got another game on Monday. Take a day and learn from it. We will come back ready to fight on Monday.”

JAZZ FORWARD GORDON HAYWARD (17 POINTS, 4 REBOUNDS)

On the game:
We didn’t get stops defensively. They (the Grizzlies) made some big plays and big shots down the stretch. That’s on us to get those stops and those rebounds. They are a playoff team. They are where we want to be. They have three or four guys they can go to at any moment. They have some firepower off the bench as well, and they are solid defensively. We just have to be better. We had the game at the end but didn’t get the stops we needed to.”

JAZZ FORWARD PAUL MILLSAP (17 POINTS, 7 REBOUNDS)

On the Grizzlies:
They were more aggressive in the fourth quarter. They knocked down shots when they needed to. We didn’t particularly know the time and situation when they were coming down the stretch, and we were a little boggled and it cost us.”

On the playoffs:
We know it’s going to take a lot of hard work at first, but then it is going to take focus. We have to focus, and we have to stick to what we do for 48 minutes. In the past we haven’t been doing that and it is costing us right now. We still have a chance, and in the next week or so we’ll see what happens.”

JAZZ COACH TYRONE CORBIN

On the game:
“We did a great job of giving ourselves a chance. They had 33 points in that fourth quarter; they made some shots on us. They had a couple of threes in transition. Rudy (Gay) made the one in the front of the basket there, so credit to the guys for their heart. It was a tough loss.”

On the Grizzlies:
“I think all opponents are quality opponents. They’re just a good ball club. They’re on their home floor. They played hard, but we had a chance to win the game. They made shots down the stretch. The guys played hard we have to learn from it and continue to work.”

On making a Playoff run:
“We aren’t out of it by any stretch of the imagination. Plus, we want to continue to grow as a team. These experiences this time of year are invaluable to us. We are getting in game situations and pressure situations to grow and learn how to play, and with a young group of guys, we’re learning together.

On the final stretch:
“That’s where we are now. Every play is intense, and every game is an intense game because it means a great deal to us and our livelihood and whether we can stay in the playoff race or fall behind. So we want to continue to make sure we learn from it and work our way through. That’s the great thing about it, you get to learn and grow while you’re going through this.”

On O.J. Mayo:
“He makes good shots. He came off the screen once and made a shot. He came off and made a couple of three-point shots for them. That’s what he does. We have to understand guys in pick-and-roll situations where he came off. We dove once on the drive and they kicked it to him for a big three. The effort was there; they made the big shots.”

On Paul Millsap:
“Paul getting placed at three he knows the matchups. He can guard a big guy like Rudy Gay; he can guard (Quincy) Pondexter. I feel good with him trying to guard those big guys, and that actually made them make an adjustment by putting (Dante) Cunningham in and that worked to our favor.”

On the team missing key veterans:
“The last couple of games we figure the time of year, the opponents we’re playing, the significance of where you are, and veterans have been through it. The young guys are kind of learning on the fly and we are a young group together so we are learning as a group and we are learning individually. The guys are playing hard. We have made some mistakes in key situations but we are working our way through it.”

GRIZZLIES CENTER MARC GASOL (17 POINTS, 9 REBOUNDS)

On the game:
I think in the fourth quarter we outscored them 33-22. We got stops. We executed on offense. They (the Jazz) play with three bigs, pretty much. (Gordon) Hayward is pretty much another three. That’s what they do. They are tight in the paint. They did a good job.”

On the Grizzlies’ motivation:
“It’s that time of year where everybody is trying to fight for something or working towards next season. We’re trying to fight for something. If you look at the standings, you’re going to get motivated, enough said. We are playing for something and we have to wait no matter what. We have to play well. Some nights we may make shots, some nights we might not, but we have to still play our game.”

On playing the New Orleans Hornets tomorrow night:
“It’s going to be a tough game. They beat Utah last night and they know how to play. They play with a lot of heart. You have to come out ready.”

GRIZZLIES GUARD RUDY GAY (26 POINTS, 12 REBOUNDS)

On the game:
“We got stops, that’s what it is. We picked it up at the end of the fourth quarter and made shots. We limited them to the tough shots. They went really big, mostly at the three. When that happens, you have to be even more aggressive and try to attack them and try to go at them more.”

On O.J. Mayo:
“When he shoots like that, it opens it up for the rest of the team. We have to keep him going.”

On the Grizzlies’ motivation:
Obviously, it makes it more of a playoff atmosphere when teams are playing for something – basically for seeding or to get into the playoffs when they play like that. All the games are like that this week.”

On playing teams that aren’t playoff teams:
“Those teams are dangerous. They play free. They play like they’re trying to prove something, especially at the end of the year when guys are shutting down for playoffs. They want to pile up the wins. We have to play like we’re going to win every game.”

GRIZZLIES GUARD O.J. MAYO (20 POINTS)

On the fourth quarter:
We got to the free-throw line and I found a rhythm. Defensively, we found a way to get the ball out of Al (Jefferson)’s hands. They are second in the league in points-in-the-paint. We just had to get it out of his hands and rotate.”

On his play tonight:
“I got some open shots and knocked them down. Sometimes you make them, sometimes you miss them. Tonight, I made them. Coach (Lionel Hollins) diagramed some good plays for the pick-and-roll. Guys set good screens and set me up in order to make shots. It was good. I’m just trying to make plays. In the first half, when I got in the paint I was looking to pass. I probably passed up two shots getting into the paint. Fourth quarter, I was like, ‘I have to keep driving and keep shooting.’ It opened it up for us a little bit.”

On the Grizzlies’ upcoming schedule:
They are playoff teams. There is a lot of motivation. We just want to continue getting better. It used to be that we just wanted to get into the playoffs. Now, we want to win a championship. We just want to continue to get better, finish with the way we’re playing, play hard and get healthy and take it into the playoffs.”

GRIZZLIES HEAD COACH LIONEL HOLLINS

On the game:
Defensively in the third quarter we got them out on the perimeter and they missed some shots. We took Al (Jefferson) out of the game a little bit in the second half, which was huge. We got on him and we really came down on him. They threw the ball out a few times and didn’t make shots, so that was big for us.

O.J. (Mayo) had 17 points in the fourth quarter and Rudy (Gay) had 18 points in the second half. They were huge in bringing us back. I decided to go with Zach (Randolph) in the second half. He had been playing and I just wanted to keep him playing. Dante (Cunningham) came in at the beginning of the fourth quarter, and he did a really nice job with his quickness and his activity which helped us get off to a much better start. We were able to play the pick and rolls better, and our athleticism really combined which led us to come back and led us to a win. Rudy (Gay) had great defensive plays down the stretch and big blocked shots and then the three which really iced it on the pick-and-roll. On the back side, they didn’t know whether to pick up Marc (Gasol) or Rudy (Gay).

On Rudy Gay:
He is really maturing and embracing his ability, I think that is the best way to put it. He has the ability to do a lot of things. He had 26 points and 12 rebounds, and he moves the ball well. That is the stuff we need from him. He is our most athletic guy. We need him to be consistent. I tell him all the time the points will come because you are physically gifted, but the rest of the stuff is that you are also physically gifted but you have to put your mind into doing that and that is exactly what he has been doing.”

On O.J. Mayo:
I knew he was hot so we continued to give him the ball. On the last play Marc (Gasol) was either going to get a layup or O.J. was going to get the three.”

On strategy:
Everything I do is by feel. We will start the same lineup tomorrow night, and if I feel like we need to make a change, I will make a change when the call is right. Like I tell the coaches all the time, nothing we do is etched in stone; we go out there with a game plan, but I am always looking to find out whether or not we need to make an adjustment and sometimes it is sooner than later.”

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