2.28: LAC/SAC -- Paul Westphal
Westphal on the Kings getting a win over the Clippers in front of a big crowd in Sacramento.
-- because there any questions you have to speak up I don't think I can hear too well. It was loud in there I was I was fantastic to have the the people that behind us is it really meant a lot and it was great for our. Team new experience that so. I think you made a difference to I think the fourth quarter showing. We had energy. Right through to the end and and the fans were big part of that Williams was really memorable night which is great to be part of it. Marcus -- sitting in pretty well. Either -- -- place for him we don't even health that the guys -- the yeah. On the floor -- particularly figured out what was what how we can give him the ball and they can stood provides little bit and Marcus -- he. He was sensational force and I I just thought that we played you know we we play defense. Tonight the way you have to play to have a chance to win games and our defense is. Has gone south on us a lot lately on the road and and I I really challenged the team to get together plays defense tonight I thought that. Ultimately that's what -- won the game for us against a very talented team. -- and I salute fired. Pretty easy. Well it's funny I thought Jermaine Taylor played really well but. We took him out for rest -- put him back it was harder to find minutes for Jermaine and it was Marcus his Marcus just had it going and I got a swagger. And the team really -- off vote off of his aggressiveness. -- we. He got a couple dogs he gets open court dogs and put backs and he's he's just terrific terrific player but. I thought for the most part. He earned his points. Thought a few times you have some free throws that you know maybe. Didn't think he should have put. That's the nature of -- somebody -- that talented and aggressive so I thought that we. We we did how we can only go to point seven points and twelve rebounds they did decent job you know that that's that's high praise for what kind of player he has. There. Then Jackson to like I thought -- that we. Did -- real professional job tonight you know we. We cracked down and helped a lot to we've we've made to paint a lot tighter. Knew it was a lot tougher for them to score in the paint after the first quarter of the first quarter they just got. Afraid of free throws -- We read we did a much better job as the game went on. Coach -- fans you mentioned a lot more than basketball game at least tonight on their minds did you get that sense listening them tonight. No I honestly I focus on the game -- it it was loud and IE. -- aren't enough of history. Of being in the NBA knowing what this building is like. When when the fans are really. You know selling an album and really willing their team to win. I remember. Before the kings were very good. They were really really tough at home is because of this crowd and a it makes a big difference. -- Up. Actually did I usually don't idea that. It was it was really. A wonderful environment and like I did. Kind of stepped back and appreciate that a couple times are specially when that Marcus made the free throw. Yeah yeah that was it was a great moment you know that the place just. Just went nuts and a you know that that that kind of play and and that kind of support. Because it really is is. It's almost poetic you know when your part of. -- -- -- And can kind of projected -- this is what it could be if if things go a certain way both on the court and off the court in the future. But although that's been a goal every day that since I've been here it is to. Get it like like that every night in Sacramento. The better building. Could be possible. I thought he played really hard tonight and things didn't go his way but he makes a big defensive plays big rebounds he kept going to the basket. Which which. They are like even -- doesn't always work but in the knee hit you struggle to lie and made -- big free throws that really gave us some breathing room so. So long season for young guys a lot of ups and downs and lot of emotions but. I thought he really played hard. Coach what Marcus Thornton hadn't suffered such a great game and -- he's getting more and involved in the offense. You've -- -- -- -- about the same -- you might make a change. It's become Marcus. I don't think we'll make a change and -- I think. Two retailers have been playing very well story line of you know we've we've been really good in the fourth court in the first quarter. And I think he gives and I slipped coming off like that.