New Orleans Pelicans vs. Denver Nuggets Postgame Quotes | 1/24/23


Willie Green on tale of two halves in Denver loss | Pelicans vs Nuggets Postgame Interview 1/24/23

Pelicans Head Coach Willie Green

On the final play call:
“Just want to get a good look. I thought CJ got open and got a clean look at it, it just it just didn’t go in.”

On the overall fight from the group:
“Yeah, this game comes down to the tale of two halves. That’s what I told our group. First half wasn’t us, even if we get down some points, which happens, I just didn’t like our energy in the spirit. So, to their credit, in the second half, we came out with a much better effort. Once we decided that we were going to try take care of our home floor we were right back in the game with a chance to win.”

Willy Hernangomez on Jose Alvarado, last play | Pelicans vs Nuggets Postgame Interview 1/24/23

Pelicans Center Willy Hernangómez

On his walkthrough of the last play:
“We ran a play to get CJ (McCollum) an open shot. After watching the play, I was also open. Herb (Jones) came to me right away and told me ‘I’m sorry I missed you.’ Everything is a learning experience. There’s nothing we can do right now but watch the video and get better. We need to make sure next time we have another opportunity to close the game, we execute it right and find the open guy.”

On his performance tonight:
“I feel tired now. Obviously, I’m working and staying ready and coach knows when the team needs me. I’m going to be ready to help the team win. I tried to do my best today. I had a feeling after shoot around this morning, obviously playing against Jokic, the best player, JV (Jonas Valanciunas) was going to get into foul trouble and that I was going to get my chance.”

Jose Alvarado on second half, Willy Hernangomez | Pelicans vs Nuggets Postgame Interview 1/24/23

Pelicans Guard Jose Alvarado

On what changed in the second half to spark the comeback:
“Coach Willie Green told us that wasn’t us in the first half. No matter what he draws, no matter what he shows, if we go out there and play like that, the score is going to be the same. He told us to go out there and be us. No matter if you miss shots or what, play Pelican basketball and bring the juice. That’s what we did.”

On what fueled his amazing performance, especially in the 4th quarter:
“My teammates. This game of basketball is beautiful and filled with ups and downs. For them to just stay solid with me and continue to just let me be Jose. I just wanted to win so bad. Regardless if it was with scoring, taking a charge, or getting a steal, I just wanted to win so bad. I wanted to bring something, I bring the juice. I feel like I haven’t been bringing as much juice as I used to so today so today I had to say forget all that and bring Jose.”

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