Game Quotes: Cavaliers vs. 76ers
(On turning it around after the second quarter): “I thought in the second quarter we got undisciplined and sloppy on both ends of the floor. We started turning the ball over and defensively, we were kind of running all over the place. We weren’t solid with our defense the way we know how to be. It got away from us in that second quarter. It was tough to see because if we want to be a good team or a great team we got to be consistent with what we’re trying to do no matter what the score is. So that was a little tough in the second quarter and we challenged the guys at halftime. We felt (our guys) came out in the second half and kept the game simple. They kept it simple, defensively. They kept it simple, offensively, and it resulted in some good things.”
(On his team’s 30 assists on 38 made field goals): “That’s not a bad job of moving the basketball with a team that hasn’t spent a lot of time on the offensive end of the floor. We really didn’t’ do anything tricky. We kept our sets simple and basic and we moved the ball. We moved bodies and we got some pretty good looks. But again, we have to take care of the turnovers. We had a lot of them and it led to a lot of easy buckets for the Sixers.”
(On Kyrie Irving, Alonzo Gee and Tristan Thompson): “I thought Kyrie was big trying to find his teammates tonight. I thought Alonzo played very good basketball. Alonzo took what was given to him. We ask our small forwards to defend first, rebound second and keep the game simple because we have guys out there that can dance with the basketball. You keep the game simple by keeping your hands ready and spot up, particularly in the corner, and when that ball hits your hands, let it go. So for him to sit in that corner and get some looks from the three-point line and let it go in a timely matter was fun to watch. The guy I like to talk about is Tristan and his effort on the glass. I don’t remember too many times a guy plays 27 minutes and gets 16 rebounds. Philadelphia is a pretty athletic team so for him to get 16 rebounds, that’s a great night.”
(On tonight’s game): “We played alright. I’m just happy that we got the win. We picked it up defensively. We can always get better from it. It was just good to see that we competed for the whole game and I got to see some action in the fourth quarter.”
(On playing with two point guards on the floor): “For the first in my first three years, I can play (both guard spots) comfortably now. I know all of the positions on the floor, especially the two spot. It allows me to not exert some much energy dribbling the ball, especially at the top of the key. I get to come off some screens. It’s something that we go through every day at practice. Me being at the two spot opens up the lane for our bigs and our shooters in the corner.”
(On if he attacked more tonight): “I’ve been attacking every game, just finding my spots on the offensive end and continuing to get better defensively and pressure these point guards and get out in transition. Guys made shots tonight for me and things went well on that end. At the end of the first half, we kind of got stagnant. We started to play a little bit more loose. Coming out of halftime, I feel like we picked up defensive pressure and got some shots to go down. Our bigs were setting good screens and just getting me open and guys were knocking down shots.”
(On tonight’s game): “I thought there were a lot of positives that came out of tonight. I think we have to learn at times to react better to the decisions of the referees, but we have a young group that has to learn to get through stuff.”
(On the play of Rodney Williams): “His athleticism, his size and length is always tempting. He hasn’t played a game and hasn’t really practiced, so there were obvious hitches to his flow, but I thought it was good enough to continue to show interest.”
(On his lack of production in the second half): “They didn’t make any major adjustments, I just didn’t get as many touches in the third and fourth quarter. I have confidence that I can get to the basket when I need to.”
(On returning to Ohio State): “I have great memories here. I met some great people here, some of my best friends and had some great times. I own a house in Ohio – that tells you how I feel about it.”
(On his performance): “It felt good to get out there and play. There is a lot of room for improvement and I felt a bit rusty, but I was happy to get a chance to perform.”
(On the remaining preseason game and the opportunity it presents): “I look forward to any opportunity I can get to go out and show what I can do. I’m going to go out and do my best and let the cards fall where they may.
• The Cavs got off to a fast start, outscoring Philadelphia 31-19 in the first quarter. In that frame, Cleveland shot 12-21 (.571) from the field, while holding the Sixers to 7-22 (.318) shooting. The also outscored Philadelphia 33-24 in the fourth quarter, while shooting 13-21 (.619) from the field to the Sixers 8-24 (.333) shooting.
• Overall, the Cavs held the Sixers to 31-88 (.352) shooting on the night, which marks the third time this preseason Cleveland has held an opponent to under .400 shooting from the field (10/8 vs. MIL and 10/17 vs. DET).
• Cleveland had 30 assists on the night (on 38 made field goals), including nine assists on 12 made field goals in the first quarter and 10 assists on 13 made field goals in the fourth quarter.
• Tristan Thompson posted a double-double with 15 points on 7-11 (.636) shooting, a preseason-high 16 rebounds (five offensive), two steals and two blocks in 28 minutes.
• Kyrie Irving recorded a double-double with a game-high tying 17 points on 6-10 (.600) shooting from the field, a preseason-high 12 assists, two steals and one block in 29 minutes. Irving has now recorded at least one block in five of the six preseason games and owns a team-best seven blocks. He has also scored in double figures in each preseason game so far.
• Alonzo Gee tallied 14 points on 5-10 (.500) shooting, including 4-6 (.667) from the three-point line, three steals and two blocks in 27 minutes.
• Henry Sims shot a perfect 6-6 from the field and finished with 14 points, five rebounds and one block in 20 minutes off the bench. For the preseason, he is now shooting a team-best .680 (17-25) from the field, including .809 (17-21) over the past five games.
• C.J. Miles made his first start of the preseason and tallied 12 points, two rebounds, two assists and one steal in 21 minutes.