Game Quotes: Cavaliers vs. Kings
(On tonight’s game): “I told our guys I thought it was a good performance from a standpoint that we had 41 made field goals and we had 30 assists. Our guys did a nice job of trying to move the basketball and keep the floor spaced. Dion (Waiters) had eight assists. Kyrie (Irving) had six assists. We got five assists from Delly (Matthew Dellavedova), four assists from (Jarrett) Jack and four assists from Luol (Deng). That’s a good night when you get 30 assists on 41 made baskets. A couple of guys stepped up real big. You talk about Tristan Thompson getting a double-double, 13 (rebounds) and 16 (points). That’s a big night for him. Anthony Bennett getting 19 (points) and 10 (rebounds). I keep talking to you guys about him. You’re starting to see a little bit of what we see in practice and the reason why we drafted him. He’s a talented young man and he’s starting to come to life for a little bit here. He’s even better than what you saw tonight, but you’ll see in time.”
(On the bench): “Again, with AB and Dion, our bench production in terms of scoring was great. I thought Henry Sims was big for the minutes that he played. Starting in Washington, Zo (Alonzo Gee) kept himself ready. He came in and affected the game. He did the same tonight. Same with Henry Sims, who hasn’t played in a while. He really affected the game. So our guys are staying ready on the bench and that’s good to see.”
(On the defense): “Defensively, I thought we were pretty good throughout most of the night. The last few possessions, we gave up a couple of easy baskets which helped their percentage. This is a team that scores a lot of points in the paint and not only that, they’re a really good offensive rebounding team. To have them only have nine offensive rebounds and score 26 points in the paint was a good night for us defensively. It was a good win for us.”
(On Anthony Bennett): “He can play. It’s unfortunate that he was hurt. It’s unfortunate that he didn’t play in Summer League. Just part of being a young, young rookie and experiencing some things. He got himself right. He’s just now starting to be who you guys are going to see a lot of in the future. It’s not anything that all of a sudden happened overnight nor is it one or two things. He’s a good basketball player. He can pass it. He can shoot it. He can shoot it short range. He can shoot it long range. He can run the floor. He can finish in traffic. He can rebound. Height-wise, he may not be 6-10, 6-11, but he’s long and he’s strong. For a young guy, he’s got a good feel and in time, he’s only going to get better.”
(On how rewarding it is to see positive results): “It feels great. All the hard work I’ve put in with the coaching staff and the players is paying off.”
(On if he’s feeling more confident at the beginning of games): “I just go out there and play hard. Shots keep falling or if they’re not, I’m just trying to rebound.”
(On if he’s felt a change in practice): “To be honest, no. I’ve just been going hard in all the practices, just making the best out of it. I just have to take it one step at a time.”
(On how he avoided getting down): “I just have great teammates, great coaching staff and friends from back home telling me to stay with it. (Saying) ‘Once you get back to Cleveland, just go back to the gym and work on your game.’”
(On if he feels this is the beginning of a consistent stretch): “Hopefully. I just have to go out there and play hard like I’ve been saying. Hopefully this is a continuous thing.”
(On if the game has slowed down): “For me, I guess I was just being anxious. Just being on the court trying to make the best play for everybody. Now I’ve calmed down a little. (I) try to have fun and that’s it.”
(On Anthony Bennett getting some attention from the media): “I think it’s great. It’s great for the young fella to get some attention. It’s great; he played a heck of a game tonight. It was awesome, I was a fan.”
(On Bennett’s play over the past few weeks): “He’s just playing basketball. I said it a few days ago, I just feel like everybody was just putting too much pressure on themselves. When you go out there, you just have to play for one another, play the right way and just have some fun doing it. I think that’s what we’re doing and (Anthony) is just playing the game. We’re all supporting him and we’re all behind him 100 percent.”
(On the team’s continued success): “We’re just making plays for one another; seeing our weak-side action, teams were loading up either on me or Dion (Waiters), especially coming off pick-and-rolls. He and I are just trying to stay aggressive and if we see something at the rim, go and get it, but otherwise, kick it out and guys are open on the perimeter.”
(On Anderson Varejao and C.J. Miles being out tonight): “Our bench does a great job almost every single night. We can count on them. It starts in practice; it starts with the extra work that they do. A couple of the guys on the bench are usually starters, so they come in and just are aggressive on the floor on both ends.”
(On the game): “Just overall a poor effort, for the most part. We didn’t defend at all and Anthony Bennett kicked our (explicative). I’m sure Chris Grant is smiling at home, and deservedly so. His number one guy came in and gets his career high in points and rebounds.”
(On the Kings’ defense): “Here’s a crazy stat, (The Cavaliers) had 41 field goals and 30 assists. If you have 30 assists on 41 field goals, that means you’re doing great offensively. Defensively, that means you’re not guarding anybody. They blew by us all night long. No resistance. I’m very disappointed in our effort, competitive spirit and togetherness.”
(On the Cavaliers): “They got out to a 30 point first quarter and they were doing whatever they wanted. When you let teams get off to a good start like that and get comfortable, it’s going to be very hard to stop them as the game goes along. You have to give credit to them. We knew we were going to be playing a team that for one, is playing a lot better, and they’re going to remember that loss that they suffered at our house a few weeks ago.”
(On Kings’ recent struggles): “My concern right now is that we have some guys feeling sorry for themselves, and that’s pathetic. No one is going to feel sorry for you. You’re a pro. Do your job.”
(On Kings’ consistency): “That’s something we’ve struggled with all year long, not just over games but a 48 minute long period. Competing for 48 minutes should be a given and unfortunately, it’s not. I think we have to do a better job of being professionals and doing our job to the best of our abilities.”
(On the game): “First of all, the effort wasn’t there tonight. I really don’t have an answer for it.”
- With tonight’s 109-99 win over the Kings, the Cavaliers have won three consecutive games, which marks the second time this season Cleveland has won three games in a row (12/7-12/13). The Cavaliers are now 12-5 against the Kings since 2005-06, including 6-3 at The Q over that stretch.
- The Cavs scored 109 points tonight, which marks the fourth time over the past five games they have scored 100-plus points. Over the past five games, the Cavs are averaging 106.0 points
- Cleveland dished out a season-high 30 assists on 41 made field goals and committed 13 turnovers. The last time the Cavs had 30 assists was Feb. 6, 2013 against Charlotte (33 assists).
- The Cavs held a 46-26 advantage in points in the paint and outrebounded the Kings 45-36, including 15-9 on the offensive glass leading to a 15-9 second chance points advantage. Cleveland is 17-9 on the season, including 13-5 at home when they tie or outrebound their opponent. Since the 2014 calendar year, the Cavs are pulling down 13.9 offensive rebounds per game and scoring 15.8 second chance points. On the season, Cleveland is averaging 12.6 offensive rebounds per game.
- Cleveland shot 12-21 (.571) from the three-point line, which is the seventh time this season that the Cavs have shot at least .500 from the three-point line, including for the second consecutive game. Over the past two games, the Cavs are shooting a combined .537 (22-41) from the three-point line.
- Cleveland outscored Sacramento off the bench 50-37. Cleveland’s reserves have scored at least 50 points 11 times this season, including in three of the past four games. Over the past four games, the reserves are averaging 52.8 points per game. On the season, the Cavs are averaging 37.5 points per game off the bench.
- Anthony Bennett recorded his first career double-double with a career-high 19 points on a career-high 6-9 (.667) shooting, including a career-high 3-3 from the three-point line and a career-high 10 rebounds (career-high tying seven defensive) in 30 minutes off the bench. Bennett has scored in double figures in three of the past five games, averaging 10.8 points on .486 (17-35) shooting, including .625 (5-8) from the three-point line and 5.4 rebounds in 21.2 minutes per game over that span.
- Tristan Thompson posted his team-leading 23rd double-double of the season (63rd career) with 16 points on 5-10 (.500) shooting, a game-high 13 rebounds (six offensive) and two steals in 30 minutes. Thompson has recorded a double-double in 10 of the last 19 games.
- Luol Deng finished with a game-high 22 points on 9-17 (.529) shooting, including 4-5 (.800) from the three-point line, three rebounds and four assists in 33 minutes. Deng posted his fifth 20-point performance with the Cavaliers.
- Dion Waiters registered 20 points and a career-high tying eight assists in 28 minutes off the bench. The last Cavs player to have at least 20 points and eight assists off the bench was Ramon Sessions on Feb. 16, 2011 against the L.A. Lakers (32 points, eight assists). Waiters is averaging 14.7 points in 28.6 minutes per game off the bench this season. He posted his 12th 20-point game as a reserve this season.
- Kyrie Irving tallied 13 points, including 3-6 (.500) from the three-point line, two rebounds and six assists in 33 minutes. Tonight is the 16th time Irving has made at least three three-pointers in a game this season.