Game Quotes: Cavaliers vs. Pacers
(On the game tonight): “We’ve talked about how important it is to play four good quarters in a game. That third quarter was an illustration of what not to do. We just have to come out and find a way to have a sense of urgency in the third quarter to play a lot better…Last few games we haven’t come out with the right attitude or the right approach in the third quarter for whatever reason, but we have to figure out a way to make sure that we can put four solid quarters together.”
(On the team’s interior defense): “Our weak side defense was very unaware of what was going on. We’re going to continue to lose until we play together on both ends. Everybody has to be aware of what’s going on on the weak side. Sometimes we get too caught up of guarding our man. Your man doesn’t have the ball sometimes so you have to be a help defender, and we didn’t do a good job of that tonight.”
(On holding the Pacers to 39 percent shooting in the first half): “We played good solid defense. We didn’t make a whole lot of mistakes. I still thought we were playing with fire because we didn’t come out with that intensity or that aggressiveness and that sense of urgency we needed to come out with. I thought in the second half it caught up with us because we kept playing the same way and they picked up their intensity in the third quarter. In the first half, I thought we did a decent job defensively. In the second half they did a better job of moving the ball, and we did a worse job of reacting to it.”
(On Roy Hibbert): “We had a couple of defensive breakdowns and then a couple of times they’d drag him out on the pick and rolls and we couldn’t get back. He had a couple of deep post ups on me in the first half and you’ve just got to give him credit; he scored in a lot of different ways.”
(On what the team needs to do to put four quarters together): “I wish I knew. We’re right there for most of the game and then we have a lapse and fall apart. We’ve got to find a solution to that and just put four quarters together.”
(On what changed in the game in the third quarter): “We stopped moving the ball. For me personally, I tried to get more aggressive. We just started getting sloppy with the ball. Paul George had back to back steals and two dunks; that was a game changer right there.”
(On if he waited too long to assert himself into the game): “I’m still trying to find that balance where I get everyone involved. I’m trying to get my bigs shots and my guards shots. There were just spots tonight where guys should be, but weren’t and I’m still just trying to figure it out. It’s frustrating at times, but it’s a process.”
(On if the Pacers did anything different offensively in the second half): “They just got aggressive offensively and our help side defense wasn’t there, so they just got easy baskets.”
(On how frustrated the team is): “Everyone is frustrated and everyone has the right to be. It’s got to come from within from all of us. We just have to have consistent effort on both ends of the floor; come out and stop making excuses because we’re young. We have to go out there and just play. Everyone is frustrated, but at the end of the day, we just have to have fun out there.”
Pacers Head Coach Frank Vogel
(On the game): “We had a great balance with our starting five with all guys in double figures. Most of them shot a good percentage. I also thought we did a really good job on Kyrie Irving both on the ball and as a team, as well.”
(On Pacers’ 33-point third quarter): “We stopped hurting ourselves. We came in at halftime and felt like we were seeing self-inflicted wounds. We had a lot of unforced turnovers and we took care of the basketball and we were more solid.”
(On Lance Stephenson’s performance): “He was great. He really helps us in the open court. He is as fast with the basketball as anybody in the league. He made some jumpers early and he played really solid defense. He made his presence felt on the defensive end.”
(On Pacers’ 33-point third quarter ): “We were moving the ball and getting guys involved. We were also able to take away certain strengths they (Cavaliers) were exploiting.”
(On Lance Stephenson): “I thought he played well. He’s just coming back from an ankle injury and he got out in transition and made some plays. He also made his presence felt on the perimeter defensively.”
• Tristan Thompson tallied his seventh double-double of the season with 12 points on 5-9 (.555) shooting from the field, a game-high 13 rebounds, including a career-high tying nine defensive rebounds, and two blocks in 34 minutes of action. In two games against the Pacers this season, Thompson is averaging 8.0 points on 7-13 (.538) shooting, 11.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 29.5 minutes per game.
• Kyrie Irving finished with a team-high 17 points, including a perfect 7-7 from the charity stripe and five assists in 35 minutes. In four career contests against Indiana, Irving is averaging 17.0 points and 4.5 assists in 33.5 minutes per game.
• Dion Waiters recorded 11 points, three rebounds and a career-high tying seven assists in 31 minutes. Waiters has dished out seven assists four times and is averaging 14.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 31.5 minutes per game.
• In his second career start, Tyler Zeller tallied 12 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 35 minutes. In two games as a starter, Zeller is averaging 16.0 points on .500 shooting (14-28) and 5.0 rebounds in 35.5 minutes per game.
• C.J. Miles finished with 10 points, five rebounds, one steal and one block in 15 minutes off the bench and is averaging 19.0 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in two contests against the Pacers this season. Miles has scored in double figures in nine of his last 10 games and is averaging 15.4 points and 3.7 rebounds in 25.3 minutes per game during that stretch. Miles is also shooting 26-55 (.473) from deep over that span.
• Alonzo Gee recorded 11 points, two assists, one steal and one block in 32 minutes. On the season Gee’s averaging 11.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 33.9 minutes per game this season.