Shawn Marion Interview
The San Antonio Spurs beat the Suns 111-108 to take Game 2 of the 2004-05 NBA Western Conference finals. Here's what Phoenix forward Shawn Marion said after the game:
Q: Another game letting them back in during the fourth quarter. How do you explain that?
Shawn Marion: We didnít get stops when we needed to. We had our chance there at the end, but when youíre relying on the last shot to try and get a win, normally thatís not going to play into your favor.Ē
Q: Obviously your backs are to the wall. Talk about having to go down to San Antonio.
Shawn Marion: Our backs are to the wall. The bright side of it is that weíve got the best record on the road. We just have to go down there and try to get this done on the road.Ē
Q: Talk about the shots that Manu Ginobili made.
Shawn Marion: He hit some tough shots. I kept him in front of meóespecially the last jumper he hitóand that was the shot that we wanted him to shoot, but he hit it.Ē
Q: Tell us how your defensive role was different from Game 1 to Game 2.
Shawn Marion: I started off on Nazr tonight. I think I was trapping Ginobili and Duncan, and then I was guarding everybody else. Iím just out there trying to help my teammates, trying to be active. They decided to put me off the ball tonight, not so much on Tim [Duncan] so I could be active and get in the passing lanes. And that helped. Coming from the weak side, getting some blocks, rebounds and pushing the ball.Ē
Q: How good is Bowen on defense? Itís the second straight game where heís done a nice job defensively.
Shawn Marion: How are you going to say somebody guards somebody when you donít have any plays? Itís easy to say he stopped me if I shot three for twenty, but the offense doesnít go through me. Itís a lot easier to stop somebody when you donít have to play any defense on them.Ē