Game Quotes: Cavaliers vs. Bucks
(On the game tonight): “It’s pretty simple guys. When you come out with a lack of energy and lack of effort that we came out with and you commit 27 turnovers, you’re not going to win a whole lot of games.”
(On players understanding protecting home court): “We had mentioned that from day-one about protecting home court and about protecting within our division. It was mentioned even before training camp started. We mention it almost every home game…giving everything we got for the great fans we have here. I don’t know. It’s just not registering right now.”
(On the success of the team): “It is all going to predicated on the way we play defense. We did a good job for the most part defensively tonight. They shot 40 percent from the field. But the lack of focus on the offensive end – there were times that I had no idea what we were running. We were fighting ourselves tonight offensively. Twenty-seven turnovers speaks for itself. You can’t win in this league when you turn the ball over that many times.”
(On team’s lack of energy and focus): “The way we played tonight, the way we played in the second half, it was terrible. We can’t play like that. We have to play with more energy, we have to be more aggressive and we have to take care of the ball. If we don’t do that, we’re not going to win games. We have to change for tomorrow because if we don’t do it, it’s going to be hard for us to win.”
(On playing to the level of the competition): “Having a young team, you’re going to have a lot of ups and downs. We know it is going to happen. We have to control that. We have to respect everybody the same way because we are not good enough to play that way. We can’t take nights off. We have to play hard every night and play with energy. We have a lot of talent here and I think we can be very special. We can surprise a lot of people. If we keep playing like that, it’s going to be tough.”
(On the game): “You have to give them a lot of credit for packing the lane. We tried to make a lot of tough interior passes. You also have to give them credit for trying to run us off the three-point line. I think they did a good job but at the same time we need to make better crisp passes and be better with our execution.”
(On lack of energy tonight): “I think in the beginning of the game we definitely struggled with that. We picked it up but you can’t afford to play a quarter or a quarter and a half without energy and then try to make a comeback.”
(On hesitation to pass or shoot): “I think in college I was more post-based. If I had a guy flying at me, I didn’t shoot. I have to get back to when I have a guy flying at me, having confidence to shoot.”
(On the team’s defense): “When Alonzo started picking up full court on (Brandon) Jennings, that’s when the defense started to wake up. We can’t be doing that. The first quarter and half way through the second we were basically going through walk-through. That’s unacceptable. If we came out from the jump and played defense and played hard, it might have been a different outcome.”
Bucks Head Coach Scott Skiles
(On the game): “We made a couple of big plays. Ersan (Ilyasova) took a big a charge. We got a big offensive rebound. We were able to build a big enough lead and get a good enough cushion where they came back a couple times. Monta kept us in it offensively and when the time came we made a couple big defensive plays.”
(On Monta Ellis’ performance): “We were going to him. He had it going. He turned it over a couple of times in the first half but he kept playing well. In the second half, he went out there and went to work.”
(On Ersan Ilyasova): “I thought he was very, very good. He made some effort plays and I thought he stood out.”
(On Kyrie Irving): “We relaxed a little bit and made a couple of questionable decisions and that got him going a little bit. He’s a good player. The main thing was we were trying not to let somebody else come in the game for them and we did a pretty good job of that.”
Luc Mbah A Moute
(On Monta Ellis): “He was great tonight. He just kept making big shot after big shot when we needed them.”
(On Kyrie Irving): “He’s a good player. He seems to always have a good game against us. Down the stretch we made sure to get the ball out of his hands and make somebody else make the play and that worked for us.”
(On his career-high six assists): “That was it?. I thought it was higher than that! They got me the ball in the post tonight and I did a good job of finding guys and those guys helped make winning plays. That’s why it happened. I thought it was higher though, I have to work on that.”
• After holding the Bucks to .398 (33-83) shooting from the field, the Cavs have now held their last three opponents to a combined .407 (98-241) shooting from the field, including .283 (17-60) from behind the arc. Cleveland has held teams to under .430 shooting in five of their last seven contests.
• The Cavs connected on 9-18 (.500) shots from the three-point line and are shooting 29-67 (.433) from beyond the arc over the last three games.
• Cleveland shot 13-14 (.929) from the charity stripe, marking the third time this season the Cavs shot .900 or better from the foul line.
• Kyrie Irving tallied a team-high 26 points, including a perfect 6-6 from the foul line, three rebounds and three assists in 36 minutes of action. In four career games against the Bucks, Irving is averaging 27.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 32.5 minutes per game. Irving also notched his ninth 20-point game in 13 contests this season.
• CJ Miles recorded 17 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in 32 minutes. Throughout three starts this season, Miles is averaging 24.3 points, including 14-24 (.583) from the three-point line, 3.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 32.3 minutes per game.
• Anderson Varejao finished with eight points, a game-high 18 rebounds (six offensive), four assists and two steals in 33 minutes, marking Varejao’s 15th game with at least 15 rebounds this season.
• Daniel Gibson tallied 11 points, including 3-7 (.428) from behind the arc, in 27 minutes off the bench. Gibson has connected on at least one three-pointer in 18 of 21 games this season.