Donyell Marshall 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. Cavs forward Donyell Marshall had a very minor role in the game, playing just 6 minutes. Here's what he said after the game:
Q: Talk about the game.
Marshall: ... We still got the basket, we got good shots. We didn't make them and I think that's the part that's frustrating ... it would have been different if we didn't get good looks ... we got good shots. I think LeBron [James] missed two or three lay-ups that rolled on the rim and rolled out. I think that's the thing that's most frustrating.
Q: Where do you go from here?
Marshall: Try to win a game, the only place we can go from here. Try to win a game. I don't know how you want me to answer that question. We need to try to win a game. That's the next thing we have to do; that's the only thing we can do.
Q: Are you frustrated right now?
Marshall: If you were down 3-0 right now in The Finals, you'd be frustrated, too. Of course we're frustrated. We didn't work this hard to get here to be down 3-0.
Q: What was the prevailing feeling as you guys walked back to the locker room after the game?
Marshall: Obviously it was frustration; it was difficult. In the first two games we got hurt by the "Big Three." Today we felt we did a good job. I think Manu [Ginobili] only had three points. I think Tony [Parker] had only 14 or 15 and I don't know what Tim had, but we kept saying they were hurting us and tonight we did a good job and then we can't make shots. It's one of those things where you're searching for a different way to win. I think we were ... [like], "Stop the Big Three, stop the Big Three," and we did that tonight and we still didn't come away with the win. So now we have a day to find out something new to try to go ahead and get a win.
Q: How do you summon that sense of urgency down 3-0?
Marshall: I think after each loss [these games] get more and more difficult. Obviously they were difficult in San Antonio ... you lose and you've got to stay there ... I think that for this city to wait so long for us to get to The Finals, and to come here and go down 3-0, I think that's the thing that's frustrating and I think this city deserves more. Now I think that's what's making it so hard right now. I think the city is going to love us and embrace us, but we don't want them to just love us and embrace just for getting here. We want to give them some more. If we're going to go down, go down fighting and let the city stand for something ... let the city remember this run.