133 Total Quotes

Flip Saunders Quotes

Flip Saunders
We stayed in the game because of Chauncey and Rip (Hamilton).
Flip Saunders
#Game

Flip Saunders
We tried to get Carlos on the floor a lot more with Rip (Hamilton). He got a lot of guys involved and overall did a great job for us, even though he fouled out.
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#Floor

Flip Saunders
He was shaking on the bench. It made me cold looking at him.
Flip Saunders
#Bench

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That's a staple of our team. What you do in pressure situations is you always go back to doing what you do best.
Flip Saunders
#Pressure

Flip Saunders
I think if a guy gets in the game and he's productive, then he's going to get more minutes. That's what it's about. And it's that fine line: Do you become productive when you get minutes, or do you get minutes and then become productive? That's always the fine line between players and coaches.
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#Game

Flip Saunders
We cannot exert so much energy. People said at one point, 'Chasing 70 games' - or you chase something, then all of a sudden at the end you've got nothing left. We're a team where if we have energy, we can beat anybody. If we don't have energy, we can be beat by anybody. We can't put ourselves in a situation where we're playing some of these guys 38-39 minutes.
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#Energy

Flip Saunders
Were not going to keep Michael at 11 or 14 points. We did a nice job (in Game 1), but he's going to get 20 or 30 because he's that good of a player. What we've got to do is make him earn those and make him be a volume scorer. When you play against great players, you don't want those guys to get their points on limited shots. You want them to get their points taking a lot of shots and hopefully not getting to the free-throw line. That has to be our main focus.
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#Game

Flip Saunders
We're not going to keep Michael to 11 points. We did a nice job, but we all know he's going to get 20 to 30 because he's that good of a player. But we have to make him earn that.
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#Job

Flip Saunders
The satisfying thing is, right now we've put basically 16 games in the loss column between us and the next closest team in our division. When you can do that with 26 games to go, you're in pretty good shape.
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#Games

Flip Saunders
To our credit, we calmed down and just played basketball. The thing is, especially on the road, you put yourself in a position to win games. We don't beat ourselves.
Flip Saunders
#Basketball

Flip Saunders
[Yet in the playoffs Garnett showed he could take over a game when his team needed it most. No one is ripping him anymore after his decisive performance against the Kings in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals: 32 points, 21 boards, five blocks and four steals in 46 minutes. He poured in 13 straight fourth-quarter points, including a buzzer-beating three that put Minnesota up 77-70 with 3:39 to go.] There was a ton of pressure, ... but he had an amazing calm about him.
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#Game

Flip Saunders
My mom told me before the game whatever you do don't get a technical. The way things were going in the first half I really had to bite my lip.
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#Game

Flip Saunders
[But even in a league where analysis and scouting are a way of life, there's no learning experience like the real thing.] It's always different to scout someone and then to really be in the heat of the battle against them, ... And so there's no question I think it does help. ... That might not translate to wins, but at least you're not going to be surprised too much.
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#Experience

Flip Saunders
Tay had an unbelievable game. He was all over the place.
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#Game

Flip Saunders
Even when I got fired, I thought I could be part of the solution. I wasn't the problem. People make decisions, and like my dad said, 'Things always work out for a reason.' You never know why it happens, but things always work out for the best.
Flip Saunders
#People

Flip Saunders
It was a very entertaining game. You saw, both teams, who they are: meat-and-potato teams. Maybe this is why the game wasn't hyped as much. This is what basketball is meant to be like. Play defense, play team basketball. Not turn the ball over, and make plays for each other.
Flip Saunders
#Entertaining

Flip Saunders
We both established ourselves at home with great crowds, and both have been the best teams on the road. Different sports, but it's like we've been looking at each other in the mirror.
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#Crowd

Flip Saunders
I guess, what can you do if you hold grudges for that?
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#Grudges

Flip Saunders
I told Avery (Johnson) after the game that I'd like to see him seven more times, starting in about three months.
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#Game

Flip Saunders
Were they going to play 82 straight games? No. I doubt it. You know, when they broke the record, I wasn't even aware of the streak. It's not really a concern.
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#Doubt

Flip Saunders
When we've lost, they've taken it hard, and they get set in their minds to bounce back. Not get into a slide type situation.
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#Bounce

Flip Saunders
From a coaching standpoint, it makes it kind of special to go and coach and know that you have four guys that are your own guys. They all deserve it, and I think it's great individually, great for the organization.
Flip Saunders
#Coach

Flip Saunders
We also are in the entertainment business. I've always been one to go out and win games but also entertain, and I think we've become a team now that a lot of people like to watch play, because we play extremely aggressive at both ends of the floor.
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#Business

Flip Saunders
This is what basketball was meant to be like -- play defense, play team basketball, not turn the ball over and make plays for each other.
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#Basketball

Flip Saunders
We jumped on them and that was probably the worst thing. As a coach, you don't like to get up that big that early.
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#Coach

Flip Saunders
He was somewhat emotional. It's a tough situation, and that's one of the reasons I played him a lot. I thought it was better for him to be occupied than to just sit and think.
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#Emotions

Flip Saunders
You have to understand, we've played 82 games to get here; 82 games of playoff-type basketball. People talk about the pressure of being the hunted. Well, we've been the hunted since we were 8-0. It's been like our opponents' Super Bowl every time they play us. I think the regular season prepared us for what's at hand.
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#Basketball

Flip Saunders
We have been playing a lot of games home-road-home-road, so I think we were a little tired tonight. We'll have to give some guys a rest down the stretch.
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#Games

Flip Saunders
I've always said that if we have the success that we've had as a team, then that style, whatever it is, will filter on down into the grass roots. I think people will see that by playing as a team and having success, you can get individual glory.
Flip Saunders
#Style

Flip Saunders
Those guys on the floor really spilled their guts.
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#Floor