Game Quotes: Cavaliers vs. Raptors



(On the game tonight): “Good win for our guys. Fourth game in five nights, to come out and start the way we started the game and then end up winning the game, I think it just shows that we’re continuously trying to take steps in the right direction. We did a real good job of getting ourselves back into the game. After getting the lead, we kind of had a little low there, but we were able to close it out.”

(On his team’s recent progression): “It just takes time. When you have a bunch of new guys and a bunch of new faces, it takes time for that cohesiveness to form. We have guys who understand what trying to be a team is all about.  Our second unit has been fantastic. Again, I think everybody is pretty comfortable. Everybody understands their role and they try to go out there and do it to the best of their ability.”

(On Dion Waiters): “I think he definitely is more comfortable. He understands what he has to do when Kyrie is not there, because we asked him to do a little bit more with the ball. Over the last few games, he’s done a good job.”

(On Luke Walton’s playmaking ability): “That’s just Luke. He’s a terrific passer. We try to put the ball in his hands a lot. Shaun is the same way. We run a lot of plays when that second unit is in there with those guys handling the ball because they make such great decisions. The only thing our guys have to do is get open and they’ll get the ball. Luke has been fantastic and I think he’s one of the key reasons why our second unit has been so good.”


(On if the team felt fatigued coming out tonight): “We had four games in five nights, but that’s what you come here for. You’ve got to be ready at all times no matter what the situation is. We came out in the first half a little sluggish, but we picked it up in the second half and got the win.”

(On winning games down the stretch): “We’re learning day-by-day, game-by-game, how to finish out games. We’re just sticking to our principles and are having each others’ backs and just playing basketball.”

(On how he thinks the team has grown in the last month): “We’re growing every game. The veterans are talking to us and telling us to be patient and don’t get rattled in certain situations. Shaun (Livingston) has done a great job talking to me; teaching me things out there and I’ve learned a lot.”


(On how the has grown this season): “It’s been a process all year long. We’re not only a young team, but there’s a lot of new guys and in this league, there’s definitely a learning curve. It’s been a lot of fun to be a part of and to see the growth and to see the team getting better.”

(On what stands out to him about the team’s growth): “I think it’s closing games out and the understanding of what it takes to win in this league. We let a lot of games get away from us this year, just without that knowledge and understanding of what it takes to win on a consistent basis in this league. I think we’ve got a taste of it now and understand how hard it is and how much work goes into it. It’s a lot of fun to be a part of.”

Raptors HEAD COACH Dwane Casey

(On the game): “The second quarter killed us. We decided to play defensive in the second half and it’s too late. You give up a 37 point quarter and with what we are playing for (playoff spot), it’s just too many points….I thought in the second half we battled, scratched and clawed, but when you build yourself such a hole against a talented team like that, it’s hard to get it back.”

(On the Cavaliers second chance scoring): “We didn’t rotate. Some of our big guys didn’t rotate and instead just watched them lay the ball in the basket in the second quarter. We worked on that (rotating) until our eyes turned blue this morning.”

Kyle Lowry

(On the game): “They picked up their aggressiveness. They sped up their tempo and played off the crowd. They had a 37 point second quarter. That pretty much told the tale of the game.”

(On tonight’s loss): “I’m very disappointed. We have to figure it out, but we still have time. That’s two games in a row that we lost that we needed to win.”

demar derozan

(On playing well the past two games but losing): “It’s just a passion to win; not just for myself but for everybody. I understand how much each game means for our season right now. These are critical moments. We need to come out, put this game behind us and get ready for Indiana.”

(On the second quarter): “They got two or three and we let them get into a rhythm. We couldn’t score at the same time. We let up a little bit and they took advantage of that.”