Game Quotes: Cavaliers vs. 76ers
(On what happened at the end of the first half): “I thought with about four minutes left in the second quarter, we got to the point where we stopped moving the ball. We just got stagnant….The ball wasn’t moving and just got stuck in one area and then it affected us on the other end. They started getting some easy buckets. I think we started the second half the same way. We moved the ball a little bit better, but at that time they had a nine-point lead. Going into halftime, it was a tie game. They got some momentum and came out and jumped right on us. You have to give them credit for that because they just continued to play basketball and run their offense.”
(On what he needs from his team): “The biggest thing for us right now is we need six or seven guys to play really well. Tonight we didn’t have six or seven guys play really well…The first thing we have to do as a team is just continue to stick together. I told them at the end of the game that this is a big time test because we’re going through some adversity as far as losing. It’s going to test the type of character that we have in that locker room. It’s that simple and we’ll see if guys go south or north.”
(On moving the ball): “I thought for about 17, 18 minutes, that’s exactly what we were doing. First half of that second quarter, we were moving the ball, playing together…and we kind of went away from it.”
(On where tonight’s game ranks among the games lost this season): “Everyone is frustrated. Tonight was definitely a winnable game. We put ourselves in a position to win and it was a dog fight. We made a run, but we gave up ten points in a few minutes before the half and they got aggressive. (Philadelphia) got a rhythm. They did a good job of defending and getting up and down the floor.”
(On what changes in games that doesn’t allow the team to maintain leads): “The reason it seems easy is because we’re playing the right way, but because it seems easy, we tend to ease up. We have to do a better job of sticking with what we did and what got us the lead. I think we make it tough on ourselves when it gets to the point where it turns into an individual game.”
(On losing the game in the second half): “We came out and played hard tonight. Kudos to Evan Turner, he had a great night and made some tough shots. Besides that, transition killed us. We couldn’t get stops and we just didn’t rotate. We were just disconnected for pretty much the entire second half.”
(On his shooting performance tonight): “They were shots I’ve made all season. All offseason I made those shots plenty of times. It was just one of those nights where they don’t go down, but I’m going to keep taking those shots that I’ve been working on. I know I can make them, but it’s not about that. It’s about the defensive end and our lack of communication and for us to come together as one.”
(On where tonight’s game ranks among the games lost this season): “It’s our seventh loss in a row. We should have won about three of those. It’s definitely frustrating, but we have to keep our heads up and stay together as a team.”
76ers Head Coach Doug Collins
(On the game): “(We got off to a) sluggish start. We did a better job finishing the second quarter. I pointed to the stat sheet, we had 16 points in the paint going into that stretch (in the second quarter). We outscored them 9-2 and we scored eight in the paint. I told the guys we have to get the ball in the paint and we ended with 48 points in the paint…The ball was moving and we did a good job with that.”
(On Evan Turner’s performance): “He had the ball in his hands a lot. We liked his matchup. He could use his strength to play down by the foul line and play foul line and under, which he did. He made some shots and made a couple jumpers and threes, which always helps. I’ve always felt like when Evan (Turner) comes back here there is a little added pressure being (that he attended Ohio State). Tonight might have been his best game that he has played in Cleveland and we needed that.”
(On Spencer Hawes’ performance): “Spencer has been terrific. Tonight he went for 16 (points), 11 (rebounds), five assists and a couple of block shots…He could have had a 25 point night easily. ”
(On playing in Ohio): “It’s cool. The fans have always treated me great. The fans were still cheering me as I walked off the court, which was great... (My time at Ohio State) was a positive time in my life and they are positive people. Whether we won or lost it was always the same way. Sometimes (as a professional) you’re judged so harshly, so it’s great to be in that atmosphere.”
(On his performance in the fourth quarter): “Shots went in. We just tried to close the game off. We got some easy shots and that helped a lot.”CAVALIERS NOTES:
• The Cavaliers recorded 24 assists and 10 turnovers tonight. Since February 2nd, Cleveland is averaging 22.5 assists to 12.9 turnovers.
• Cleveland’s bench outscored Philadelphia’s reserves 39-13. Since Wayne Ellington and Marreese Speights played their first game as Cavaliers on January 25th, the bench is averaging 37.1 points per game.
• C.J. Miles finished with a team-high 19 points on 7-11 (.636) shooting, five rebounds, three assists and one block in 28 minutes off the bench. Miles hit two three-pointers tonight and has made at least one triple in 17 consecutive games. Over his last 19 contests, Miles is averaging 12.5 points, including shooting .422 (43-102) from beyond the arc, 3.2 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 21.3 minutes per game.
• Tyler Zeller recorded a double-double with 14 points on 7-10 (.700) shooting from the field, 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 35 minutes. In three career contests with Philadelphia, Zeller is averaging 7.3 points on .500 shooting and 7.7 rebounds in 28.0 minutes per game. He has six double-doubles on the season, including three in his last seven games.
• Shaun Livingston tallied 10 points, three rebounds and six assists in 32 minutes. Livingston has scored in double figures in 10 of 11 starts as a Cavalier and is averaging 12.6 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.1 steals in 32.3 minutes per game during that span.
• Wayne Ellington finished with 10 points, five rebounds and a career-high tying three steals in 29 minutes. In six starts with the Cavaliers, Ellington has scored in double figures five times and is averaging 13.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 31.5 minutes per game.