Game Quotes: Cavaliers at Wizards

March 3, 2012
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Byron Scott

HEAD COACH BYRON SCOTT

On the game: "We just lost a tough one. I felt our first unit guys got us off to a decent start. Then it was hard because our second unit really couldn't get any type of rhythm going offensively. To counter that, the Wizards' second unit I felt was terrific and it ultimately led to their victory tonight. Two of our cornerstone players, Kyrie Irving and Antawn Jamison, both had good games. I had a hard time getting them on the floor at the same time because they are playing a ton of minutes."

On the Wizards' guards: "John Wall and Jordan Crawford were terrific tonight. They beat us off the dribble and were able to finish at the rim all night long. It was no surprise before the game I stressed the fact of how well these two guys have been playing. We had to take a lot of pride in our individual defense, but they were still able to kind of dominant the game."

On Kyrie Irving: "Irving showed a lot of guts tonight. He was about 75 percent tonight. I tried to buy him as much rest as possible. In the first quarter, I tried to rest him here and there so he would not exert all his energy. This was a very important factor tonight. He needed his rest so if the game was close down the wire he would be available."


Kyrie Irving

KYRIE IRVING

On the second half: "Guys just weren't making shots. Our offense was kind of stagnant, especially in the fourth quarter. It happens, and it cost us at the end."

On tonight's loss: "It's frustrating. We definitely want to get back on the right track, and this is not the way we wanted to start out the second half of the season after the All-Star break. It's definitely frustrating, going game-to-game down to the wire and you can't close it out. We just have to figure it out and try to get a win."

On turning the season around: "It's going to come from within us. Coaches can only do so much. It comes down to the players wanting it as much as the coaches do. We've just got to go out there and play."


Antawn Jamison

ANTAWN JAMISON

On playing a complete game: "It's something we've been harping on here lately. We've got to find a way to play 48 minutes. 36 or 40 minutes isn't going to get the job done. It's been our Achilles so far."

On the team: "We've got to get a win. That's the thing, I don't see a sense of urgency. After losing the way we lost last night, we did a great job of starting the game but you would think in the second half there would have been a sense of urgency to start the fourth quarter. I don't know if it's getting tired or whatever, but we really need to come up with a sense of urgency to get anywhere. We can't let this drag out even more."


Randy Wittman

HEAD COACH RANDY WITTMAN

On the win: "We'll take that any way we can. It wasn't pretty. I think we got into our bad habits at times and we'll have to fix that. I think it was game we made harder than we should have, but that's the learning process."

On Antawn Jamison: "He got off to a hot start. We all know what Antawn (Jamison) can do. He threw one in from his heel tonight that went in but I've seen that before. He got hot in that first quarter but I thought (Trevor) Booker tried to do what we asked him and I thought Jan (Vesely) came in the second quarter and quieted him down a bit."

On Andray Blatche: "He had nine rebounds and five assists. I told him before the game ‘you go out and play, don't worry about results'. He's got a lot of rust on him. It's tough when you have a calf injury and can't do any running for six weeks and then come out for two practices. For him to have nine rebounds and five assists, that was a big part of our game."

On John Wall: "John (Wall) has been playing well. I like where he's been going with his decision making. As a coach you want to prepare them, get them ready and let them play. John's getting a understanding of where I want ball, whose hands I want the ball in, what plays to run without having to look over at me every time. That's the growth of the point guard and he's made great steps over the past couple of weeks."


Andray Blatche

ANDRAY BLATCHE

On his first game back: "It's tough, not playing basketball for about a month. I didn't want to come out there and try to force anything. I just wanted to play the game and help my teammates win. I just wanted to do the small things like hustle, get rebounds and help set my teammates up. That's what I did and we were able to get the win."


Jordan Crawford

JORDAN CRAWFORD

On ending the losing streak: "We were on a six-game losing streak and we needed to end it. Tonight happened to be the night. We did the things we needed to do, we got stops and got rebounds. It was good for us."

On his play: "I was shooting with confidence. I just wanted to go out and be aggressive. At the two-guard you're supposed to be aggressive, get to the free throw line, things like that. I just wanted to do that and try to get a win."


Roger Mason

ROGER MASON

On Wizards bench: "I think Jan (Vesely) was great. It was good to have Dray (Andray Blatche) back out there and we just brought energy off the bench. Shelvin (Mack) ran the team and we found the open guys. We really wanted to pick the guys up from the first quarter and I think we did that."


John Wall

JOHN WALL

On the team effort: "JC (Jordan Crawford) was hot in the second half. It gave us a great boost. Roger Mason played great and hit a lot of shots. Jan added a lot of great energy and aggressiveness. Dray (Andray Blatche) gave us some good energy rebounding and playing defense. He gave us great minutes at the four and five positions. It was a great team effort."

On staying aggressive: "Coach has been telling me to be aggressive at the start of the game on both the offensive and defensive end. He told me it gives the team a spark and that's what I'm trying to accomplish. It's important for us to get off to a good start, play hard and play together."