Game Quotes: Cavaliers vs. Bulls
(On tonight’s game): “Obviously as a young team, we still have a lot to learn. I told them before the game, I told them after the game and I told them at halftime, you have to come ready to play and you have to play hard from the get-go, especially against good teams. Chicago is a great basketball team, especially at the defensive end. I don’t think we matched their intensity from the start of the game until the end of the game. We can’t play that way against teams like that…We have to bring our effort every single night, and it has to be big time against some teams. Tonight wasn’t a big time effort from us.”
(On his team’s offense in the first quarter): “I thought we kind of walked through everything offensively. We didn’t make hard cuts. We didn’t set screens. We didn’t have good footwork as far as our setups and things like that. I thought we were just going through the motion. You can’t play the Chicago Bulls going through the motion. They’re just too good…I don’t think we moved the ball like we’re capable of moving the ball. We just got stuck.”
(On the loss going into the road trip): “Losing to me is frustrating period. Like I said before we even start this road trip, it’s going to be interesting to see how we react to certain situations. We’re going to see…I have a lot of faith in our guys. They worked they’re butts off. We have to understand that we have to continue to work and get better. We have to bring a good effort every night. It can’t be fifty percent of the time…I think it’s a great lesson for our guys to go through this. We’ll see how we react to it. Tomorrow we have to bounce back, simple as that.”
(On tonight’s game): “We just have to learn from this game and move on. We didn’t match their intensity and just didn’t have it tonight. Now it’s just on to the next game.”
(On Chicago’s defense): “Their defense is very good. If you’re not executing offensively, it’s hard to score on them. We just have to play off each other and I think we’re still trying to find that trust.”
(On how frustrating it is to lose before a long road trip): “It’s disappointing, but in this league we have the luxury of playing tomorrow. It’s going to be a tough road trip, but it’ll be a learning experience and we have no choice but to move forward. Losing tonight was a learning experience against a good Bulls team. It’s time to turn it up on the road.”
(On the difference between tonight’s game and his first game): “Nothing really; Chicago is a great defensive team. I thought they did a great job tonight. We just weren’t able to hit shots that we normally make and couldn’t get key stops. That’s what opened up the game a little bit.”
(On if he was surprised that Luol Deng guarded him to start the game): “A little bit, but I didn’t try to force anything and I tried to let the game come to me and stayed patient on the offensive end.”
(On if he felt that tonight’s game was a learning experience): “Definitely. We can’t come out against a team like that and miss shots or break down on defense. You’ve got to play hard and get on them early.”
BULLS HEAD COACH TOM THIBODEAU
(On Bulls’ hot start): “I thought the team’s readiness to play was very good. Our play was very good. I thought our defense was very good to start the game. We ran the floor well and we played inside out and we shared the ball. It was a balanced attack and the ball was moving. When a guy got hot we searched him out a little bit.”
(On importance of Bulls playing with intensity): “When you look at intensity you have to understand where it comes from. It comes from concentration, being prepared and your effort. When you put those three things together you’ll be at your best. It doesn’t come from emotion. We put the work in and do the right things and we will be intense.”
(On Richard Hamilton): “Rip is going to hit the open man. If he’s open coming off a screen, he is going to shoot. When the second defender is there he is never going to take a tough shot, he is always going to hit the open man. That is the mark of a winning player.”
(On Bulls’ unselfish play): “Coach does a good job of everyday repetition and going over the plays and getting guys in spots where they can be successful. We have been doing a good job of that night in and night out. We are playing together and that is what basketball is all about. Everybody is getting a piece of the pie.”
(On his strong second half): “It was one of those games where early in the game I was just trying to get guys involved and it might not be my night. In the third quarter I tried to be a bit more aggressive. Some guy in the crowd called me “Old Man Rivers” and that woke me up.”
(On Bulls’ shooting 63.8%): “It was awesome. It felt good, I think everybody felt good. The good thing about it was everybody was catching the ball in their sweet spot and was trying to make the easy play, and not play out of character and make the great play. We just made the right play.”
• The Cavaliers outscored the Bulls 17-2 in second chance points.
• Cleveland shot 8-20 (.400) from behind the arc tonight and 15-40 (.375) so far this season.
• Kyrie Irving finished with 15 points, four assists and one steal in 30 minutes. In two games, he is averaging 22.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 32.2 minutes per game.
• Anderson Varejao recorded 12 points on 5-8 (.625) shooting from the field, five rebounds and two assists in 30 minutes. In two games so far, he is averaging 10.5 points, 14.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.0 block in 33.3 minutes per game.
• Tristan Thompson tallied six points and five rebounds in 24 minutes. In two games, he is averaging 9.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 27.3 minutes per game.
• Alonzo gee scored 12 points, including 2-3 (.667) from behind the arc, grabbed four rebounds and one steal in 25 minutes of action.