Game Quotes: Cavaliers vs. Hawks

April 4, 2014
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Cavaliers Head Coach Mike Brown

(Opening Statement)
“You have to give Atlanta credit. They kicked our behind from the beginning to the end. It didn’t matter who they put in the game; they did what you’re supposed to do on a night like this. Defensively, they got up in us. They pressured us. Their pressure got us on our heels. The pressure enticed us into taking a lot of jump shots. We ended up with 44 points in the paint. I don’t know how, because we took a ton of jump shots, especially in the first half. The ball movement was very, very limited for us. I think offensively I haven’t seen us play like this in maybe a month and a half, two months, maybe more. You have to give the Hawks credit for what they did to us defensively.”

(On defense)
“And then for us defensively, we couldn’t stop anybody. We were getting blown by, (and) at times we were making up coverages out there. We were in scramble mode so much. They would drive the ball, we’d pull over to help, they would kick it, we’d close out, they’d pump fake, we’d leave our feet, they would lean into us and pick up a foul, or they’d blow right by us. They had us off balance and in scramble mode all night. It was just a bad game for us.”

(On if he thinks the season is over now)
“No, it doesn’t feel like it’s over. But the loss was very, very disappointing. I’m okay with losses, even right now. You want to win every game you play, but sometimes it’s not going to happen. If you lose a certain way, you can stomach it to a certain degree. The way we lost (made it) look like we weren’t playing for much out there. We were going through the motions, it looked like. To see blow bys, to see us dribble the ball 15 times and then take a contested jump shot, at this point in the season, to me, that’s disappointing. You can stomach a loss if there’s something behind it. Tonight, I didn’t feel like there was anything behind it.”


Jarrett Jack

“(The Hawks) jumped on us early. They dictated the pace and physicality level (of the game). They did a tremendous job moving the basketball and finding one another. For us, we ended up playing an uphill battle all game. I think the fact that they established such great rhythm offensively allowed them to ramp up their pressure. I think what they did offensively allowed them to look a little bit better on defense.”

(On bad habits that returned to the team tonight)
“It happens. You’re trying to build up for the past month and a half, two months. You have a game or two where you revert back to the old things, but it’s on us to correct it. There’s still a lot of time left in the season to correct it. We just put a little more pressure on ourselves, but we just have to pick it back up. “

(On if postseason opportunity is out the window after tonight)
“No, not at all. Like I said, there’s still a lot of basketball left. We can only control what happens in this locker room with the group of guys that are here. We just need to keep playing and see what happens at the end of everything. We’re all disappointed with the way we came out here and played tonight. We had been a team that had started to kind of establish an identity on the road, and I thought this was a team that we matched up pretty well with. But they did a great job moving the basketball and establishing themselves tonight.”


Atlanta Hawks Head Coach Mike Budenholzer

(On the game)
“The start that we got off to was something that was important. Defensively, I thought we had a good first quarter. I think that kind of fueled our offense and our ball movement a little bit, taking care of the ball. That gave us the cushion that we were able to keep the rest of the game. Our defense - this team (Cleveland) has been scoring at a high rate and playing really well - our defense was pretty steady all night. Our bench was exceptional tonight. Elton Brand and his defense and his leadership. Lou Williams obviously made some big plays. Mike Scott was good on both ends and was active and made a lot of shots. He was a huge difference maker off the bench. It’s a great team win. Our defense was solid for most of the game. We had a second quarter where we had nine turnovers. If we can work on taking care of the ball, it will help us do better offensively.”

(On three-point shooting)
“We haven’t shot it that well recently. It makes a big difference for us. There are a lot of times when we’re making the extra pass and we’re playing unselfishly and we’re getting guys pretty good looks. For whatever reason, they haven’t been going down. That’s why we talk about that we can’t just rely on our three-point shooting. Defensively you have to be solid. You have to keep attacking the basket and keep getting to the free throw line, and not just be dependent on the three-point shot. It’s pretty apparent that when you make them, it makes a big difference.”


Jeff Teague

(On the quick start)
“We had really good ball movement. They clog the paint, so we moved the ball and got shots.”

(On the second half)
“(We were) being aggressive and taking open shots.”

(On the team’s confidence)
“We’re a confident bunch anyway. Indiana’s a good team and it will be a great challenge for us. We’ll go there Sunday and try to get a win.”


Mike Scott

(On his game)
“I was in a little shooting slump, but I just kept being aggressive and kept getting extra shots, and they finally fell.”

(On the start)
“I started going early and they started switching a lot of screens, and they showed hedge. Teague just told me to slip a lot of screens and I’d be open. That’s what I did.”

(On the bench)
“Elton, Lou, Dennis and (Mike), everybody came off the bench ready. That’s what we do. We try to come off the bench ready and have a lot of energy.”


CAVALIERS NOTES:

  • Spencer Hawes and Kyrie Irving recorded six steals apiece, tying a Hawks opponent season-high for steals in a game.
  • Dion Waiters scored a team-high 23 points, adding three assists and two rebounds in 36 minutes.
  • Spencer Hawes recorded his 25th point/rebound double-double of the season, tallying 16 points and 10 boards in 38
    minutes.