Brent Barry interview after Finals Game 3
In the NBA Finals of the 2007 NBA Playoffs the San Antonio Spurs lead the Cleveland Cavaliers 3 games to 0. Tuesday night the Cavs, playing in Cleveland for the first time this series, put up a good fight, but the Spurs held on for a 75-72 win. San Antonio guard Brent Barry came off the bench to hit 3-of-5 (3-of-4 three-pointers) for what in this game was a big 9 points. Here's what he said after the game:
Q: Talk about this game.
Barry: Offensively we could not get the ball in the basket. Nobody for us was having a good game as far as Tim [Duncan], Tony [Parker] and Manu [Ginobili] are concerned offensively. But, we kept getting stops and getting in there and we know it was ugly but, we are up 3-0 at the end of the day and thatís all that counts in the series.
Q: Both you and Bruce [Bowen] hit some big shots.
Barry: We move the ball like that and they are going to have to do something to take away Tonyís penetration. Theyíre going to open up some passing lanes for guys to hit three-pointers. They just donít want Tony in the lane so much. I think even more so in Game 4 you might see us move the ball a little bit more and those shots on the perimeter will open up. Hopefully, we will just step up and knock them down.
Q: Bruce Bowen has had a good game on both ends.
Barry: He was huge. Especially hitting a couple shots early and what Bruce is being asked to do is not an easy task. Tonight he was rewarded on both ends of the court and it means our team is up 3-0.
Q: In the last game you were 1-for-6 and you kept shooting. How important was it to hit the first one tonight?
Barry: Well, it helps. I havenít shot the ball all that well in the playoffs and the minutes have not been very consistent. Iím just trying to do what I can to help contribute to a championship run. Sometimes that might be scoring the ball and sometimes it might be playing defense out there and just hustling for a couple of minutes. This is the position Iím in and I want to enjoy it and help out our team as much as possible. Tonight it just happened to be that I made a few shots and it really felt good to do that for us.
Q: How did it feel to be on the floor at the end?
Barry: It felt good to be on the floor at the end and try and guard somebody and shut them down from scoring and possibly taking the lead and I appreciate those opportunities.