Game Quotes: Cavaliers vs. Clippers
(On the game tonight): “I thought it was a good physical game. I thought our guys brought their hard hats tonight. We responded the way we were supposed to defensively from the outset. That’s a good Clippers team averaging well over 100 points, shooting the ball very well. Obviously they got some looks that they probably normally knock down but I thought our guys tried to play the game the right way. They went out there understanding what our game plan was. They were really disciplined about it and they never gave up. If a guy was open, we kept flying around and even contested shots late. To have the outcome of the game with the Clippers shooting 32 percent, scoring 82 points and getting 45 rebounds is a good team effort. I liked the effort that our guys brought to the table defensively.”
(On receiving strong efforts from multiple players): “I can point to a lot of guys stepping up tonight and I thought Tristan with his double-double, 13 (rebounds) and 20 (points), was huge. (Andrew) Bynum gave us a great 24 minutes tonight. Kyrie gave us a great 40 minutes tonight. When you talk about Dion Waiters, Jarrett Jack, Anderson Varejao, Tristan Thompson, their rebounding numbers were off the charts. When we lock in and eat the glass up the way that we ate it up tonight, we’re a tough team to beat. Sixty rebounds on a Clippers team that has some pretty good bigs that are long and athletic is a good night for us.”
(On Anderson Varejao): “I thought Anderson was tremendous for us. I thought he brought a physical presence to the table the entire time he was on the floor. He helped set the tone for us defensively. You like that about him. He can impact the game without scoring. I thought he was really big for us tonight.”
(On the biggest plays of the game): “I thought there were two plays during the game that were huge for us. One, Zo (Alonzo Gee) gave multiple efforts defensively and ended up coming up with a loose ball that I thought was on its way out of bounds. He got it, we were able to push it and turn that loose ball into points. Dion (Waiters) was 1-10 from the field tonight but he probably had the biggest play of the game coming up with the offensive rebound on the free throw to give us an extra possession and add more points in a tight ball game down the stretch. With him keeping his mind into the game and keep trying to figure out different ways to help our team win is a positive. So it was a good win for us tonight.”
(On getting the bounce back win): “Looking back at the Atlanta game, we have to be disappointed in ourselves, but we came here and competed at home. It started with me just coming out and getting minutes and just competing. Everybody followed suit and everybody played their role tonight and we got it done.”
(On if this is the type of game that Coach Brown likes): “Well Coach Brown likes any game that features any defense; anybody that’s out there competing and that’s what we want to do for him. I think that’s what we did tonight. It was just a good test for us; they made their runs and we made our runs.”
(On if he ever gets tired): “When it’s bedtime; when it’s time to go to sleep, but on the court, no. My belief is when you come to the games, you have to punch in the clock and you’ve got to play hard. One of my biggest strengths is playing hard on both ends, so I can’t take nights off because if I do that, it puts our team at a disadvantage.”
(On if he likes the grind it out kind of games): “These games kind of test the character of our team and I think we grew in terms of taking steps forward and we’ve just got to continue with it on Tuesday.”
(On taking the momentum on the road): “On the road you have to come out from the jump and be ready to play. When you play on the road, you have to be ten points better than the team that night to win by just one. There are just so many factors that play into their hands and their environment, so you have to throw some punches at them if you can. You can’t take a step back and wait to be hit.”
(On looking “out of sorts” tonight): “I thought the whole game we looked that way. I thought we did a lot of pouting today in the game, personally, and you can’t play that way. You have to keep playing. I thought we had a lot of what I call ‘emotional hijacks’ going on today and that happens, but, you have to be able to pull yourself out of it either individually or as a group and I didn’t think we did a good job of that. Then we missed shots and I thought that got us down. When we become a good team and if we become a good team, it’ll be because we missed 30 shots in a row and you wouldn’t know it. You just keep playing. You get some bad calls on you and you just keep playing. Right now we are not at that point, maturity wise or whatever it is. When we go bad then we start thinking bad. That’s an area we need to grow. It’s habit and you just have to get over it. There’s been times when we’ve fought it and done a good job, but tonight was one of those nights we just didn’t.”
(On the offense): “We didn’t move the ball. Give them credit, I thought they trapped Chris (Paul) aggressively on all the pick-and-rolls, they showed pretty well. I didn’t think we handled that well, but they did a good job. (Anderson) Varejao, to me, was the biggest difference because both teams were pretty pathetic offensively and Varejao’s energy had 17 (rebounds) in however many minutes (23) – I don’t really need to say much more.”
(On tonight’s game): “We’ve got to play ball. We’ve got to stay together – this roadtrip just started for us. We’re 1-2 right now and it’s not going to get any easier. We take one step forward and two steps back. It’s not coaching. First of all, we have to make shots – me specifically. It’s winning time, we have to find a way to win. I feel like I’m thinking too much, which I shouldn’t. We gotta fix it.”
(On fixing inconsistencies): “We can’t do it in one game. It takes game after game and we’re consistently inconsistent right now and that’s on me. It’s on me first and foremost and B (Blake Griffin) and DJ (DeAndre Jordan) as the leaders of the team, we can’t keep letting this happen – I can’t keep letting this happen.”
(On tonight’s game): “We were pretty solid defensively but tonight I think everybody pretty much had shots, top to bottom. It’s tough to win like that, even when you play good defense if you just make a shot here or there and we all had opportunities but just didn’t get it done.”
• After tonight’s 88-82 victory over the Clippers, the Cavaliers have now won three straight home games and stand at 6-3 at The Q this season. They also improved to 3-0 against Western Conference teams at home.
• The Cavs are 14-3 in the last 17 games against the Clippers overall. Cleveland has won 11 of the last 12 contests against the Clippers at The Q and hold an all-time home record of 16-3 against them.
• The Cavs held the Clippers to 82 points, which is a season-low by a Cavaliers opponent this season. Tonight was also the fourth time this season the Cavaliers have held an opponent under 90 points. At The Q, the Cavs have held each of its last six opponents under 100 points and eight of nine overall.
• Cleveland held Los Angeles to 28-87 (.322) shooting from the field, a season-low by a Cavaliers opponent. It was also the least amount of points scored by the Clippers this season. The last time Cleveland held an opponent to .322 or less shooting was November 18, 2003 against the L.A. Clippers (.319). The Cavs are 4-0 when they hold teams to under .400 shooting from the field. They have held their opponent to under .400 shooting in two of the past three games.
• The Cavaliers outrebounded the Clippers 60-45. The 60 rebounds are a season-high for the Cavs. The last time Cleveland recorded 60-plus rebounds was February 25, 2011 versus the New York Knicks (62 rebounds).
• Tristan Thompson posted his team-leading 10th double-double of the season (50th career) finishing with a game-high tying 20 points, 13 rebounds, a season-high four assists, two steals and one block in 40 minutes. Thompson has recorded a double-double in three of the last four contests. Over that four game span, Thompson is averaging 15.0 points, 14.8 rebounds and 1.0 block in 36.5 minutes.
• Andrew Bynum tallied 18 points on 8-13 (.615) shooting and six rebounds in 24 minutes. Over the past four games, Bynum is averaging 18.0 points on .554 shooting, 9.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.0 blocks in 25.3 minutes per game.
• Kyrie Irving finished with game-high tying 20 points, three rebounds, a team-high six assists and one block in 40 minutes. This is the eighth time Irving has scored 20-plus points this season.
• Anderson Varejao finished with six points, a season-high 17 rebounds (five offensive) and one block in 23 minutes off the bench. Varejao was also the last Cavs bench player to have at least 17 rebounds on January 11, 2008 against the Charlotte Bobcats (18 rebounds). Varejao has recorded 10-plus rebounds in six games this season.
• Jarrett Jack recorded 11 points, a season-high nine rebounds, three assists, and one steal in 32 minutes off the bench.