Game Quotes: Cavaliers vs. Warriors

March 14, 2014
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Cavaliers Head Coach Mike Brown

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ON TONIGHT’S GAME:
“This is a good win, especially from the standpoint that we came out at the beginning of the game and Golden State really hit us in the mouth. We could have folded. They outscored us. We scored 16 and they scored 32. We could have easily folded, but I thought our second unit did a nice job. Our second unit came out and they did a heck of a job bringing energy to the table. I also thought they defended well. They defended with a sense of urgency and tried to limit Golden State to one shot and then we got out and ran. Dion [Waiters] was huge for us during that stretch. He hit big shot after big shot after big shot and helped us gain our confidence back a little bit. That was good to see. The second unit scored a total of 36 points, which was huge. I thought our defense, especially in the second half, was pretty good. This is a team that-I don’t care who’s on the floor with them, they can find ways to score. They missed some shots, but I thought we did a nice job of making them work. They had 41 points in the second half, which is huge. Down the stretch I thought Dion was good defensively. I thought Kyrie [Irving] was good defensively. That was fun to watch, a lot of good individual performances. You talk about Spencer’s [Hawes], ability to keep finding ways to try and get a double-double. For him to get 22 and 13 is amazing, especially when you look at his athleticism, or lack of athleticism. He keeps trying to find a way because he’s so mentally tough and he works so hard. It’s a big game for him to get a double-double. Kyrie hit some big, big threes in the second half when the crowd was back into it. We talked about their crowd. We talked about how it could affect us, and or affect them. Some of the threes that he hit were just daggers. They really, really quieted the crowd. It’s a good win for us on the road. We got a lot of contributions from a lot of people, especially our bench.”

ON COMPOSURE OF TEAM DOWN THE STRETCH:
“It’s great, especially with the way the game started and with the way the crowd is here. That’s not a young team. That’s a veteran team, veteran coach. They’ve been together for a while and they’ve been in big games and they know how to close games. For us to keep plugging away, plugging away, and get a win in their building is good.”


Luol Deng

ON THE TEAMS RECENT SUCCESS:
These are two really good wins. We are still getting better but we are starting to understand each other a little bit better with Spencer (Hawes) and Andy (Anderson Varejao) coming back. With Andy being healthy, it keeps our second unit good out there too.”

ON THEIR PLAYOFF HUNT::
“I think the biggest thing for us right now, being a young team, is we just want to win games. There is really no time to just feel good about yourself. You just have to understand the situation you are in. We won two games and are still behind in the playoffs and that is the goal. It is a great win but we have another opponent next and we can’t be too excited right now. We are going to have a tough schedule coming up.”

ON THE WARRIORS’ EARLY LEAD:
They came out hot and they hit shots. They still missed some shots they could have made but our defense stuck with it and I think our second unit got us back into the game. They came in, Dion (Waiters) was making shots, guys were setting screens and Andy came in with a lot of energy. So the second unit really helped us get back into the game tonight.”


Jarrett Jack

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ON HOW IT FELT FOR HIM TO COME BACK HERE AND GET A WIN:
It felt great. Like I said earlier before the game, we came here with a goal in mind. Obviously I had some other things I had to address, but that was just personal. As far as the team goes, my job was to make sure each individual was ready to play. It didn’t look like that early on but we weathered the storm and were able to withstand their runs and got a much needed win tonight.”

ON STEPHEN CURRY AND KYRIE IRVING’S GROWTH:
“Steph (Curry) is definitely the leader of the team and rightfully so. He does a tremendous job handling his business, being a professional. I think Kyrie (Irving) is in that same boat. He has done a tremendous job from the start of the season until now. I thought down the stretch of the game, he showed a tremendous amount of growth being able to control the game clock, knowing the time and scoring situations and the way he is out there directing traffic as well.”

ON PLAYING THE CLIPPERS NEXT:
“We came out on this road trip to win them all. We did the hard part winning the first two and now we just have to do a good job going down to L.A. against a tough team that plays well in that building. We have to try and finish off the job.”


Spencer Hawes

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(On his fast start): “There were opportunities; they were sinking back and just letting me walk into some on the trail so I took advantage of that and they did a pretty good job of adjusting and that kind of opened everything up for everyone else to get into the paint and get some drive and kicks. You know they’re going to make a run, it’s the NBA, you just don’t know when. I thought we did a pretty good job of standing in and not overreacting and not letting the ball get stuck for too long.”


Dion Waiters

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Warriors Head Coach Mark Jackson

ON TONIGHT’S GAME:
Just a bad loss for us. Disappointing. We started the first quarter 32-16 with everything going our way, but when you allow a team to begin to make plays, one play turns into two and then you allow guys that can score the basketball to get it going it will come back to bite you. We have to do a better job of when we have teams on the rope putting them away. Just a bad loss. After the first quarter I think they outscored us 87-62. Everything went bad.”

ON THEIR OVERALL DEFENSE TONIGHT:
We just didn’t get after it like we normally do. We stopped trusting each other. It’s the responsibility of-if I’m a guard defending Kyrie Irving or Dion Waiters I may not get up as much because my help is not there. All of a sudden they get it going making shots. Collectively we didn’t do the job and that’s disappointing because that was the first time in a long time. Everything was going our way so that was what was bad about it.”

ON HIS MESSAGE TO THE TEAM FOLLOWING THE GAME:
Just talking about it. These are games-you could lose them because they are a talented enough basketball team, but you can’t lose it that way. We’ve got to get better.”

ON THIS BEING A POSSIBLE TRAP GAME AFTER THE CLIPPERS, SUNS AND MAVERICKS:
No, if you look at the names on that roster you know they have some talent. It’s not tough at all when Kyrie Irving comes into your building. Luol Deng is a proven guy and Spencer Hawes is playing at a high level. Dion Waiters has the ability in pick-and-rolls and isolations to make plays and we know what (Jarrett) Jack is capable of doing.  We can’t lean on the excuse that we looked down or past them, we knew exactly who they were and who they are. They outplayed us. Just a disappointing loss. We have to own it and look forward to Sunday, but we can’t feel good about tonight.”

ON IF THEY MISSED KLAY THOMPSON TONIGHT:
We are a no excuse basketball team. We are good enough to win this ballgame and that’s the bad thing about it. “

ON THEIR DEFENSE IN THE SECOND AND THIRD QUARTERS:
The back-to-back second and third quarters giving up 36 and 32 points. That’s not our brand of defense I don’t care who you are playing.  For us it’s a recipe for disaster and it’s unacceptable. I think that was the biggest thing that bothered me and bothered us.”

ON IF YOU CAN TEACH A TEAM TO PUT AWAY AN OPPONENT:
It’s not easy in this league. It’s not easy at all. When you have them in position you don’t give away possessions. There are times that we did that by turning it over or allowing them to get a fast break, or a bad foul or shot. All of a sudden you turn a 16 point lead into an eight point game and they think they have life. It’s a process and you develop it. We will get there and there is no question about that.”


Andrew Bogut

ON NOT OVERLOOKING ANY GAMES:
“No, we can’t have any excuse for that. We lost to a team that is getting better, give them credit. They’re playing better basketball the last month. They just outhustled us and outworked us for three quarters at home. If we want to go where we talk about going and be not just a first round playoff team but hopefully a team that can progress throughout the playoffs, we’ve got a long way to go.”

ON REBOUNDING FROM THIS LOSS TO FACE PORTLAND ON SUNDAY:
“We really have no choice. The West is getting tighter and tighter by the minute. There were some key losses that helped us tonight but once you start looking at other teams too much I think it hurts your overall performance. Portland is a little banged up so it’s a bit of a trap game as well. I think LaMarcus [Aldridge] might be questionable for our game, might miss that game. He’s their All-Star and best player but we need to come into there with the right energy and go for the win and bounce back.”


David Lee

ON STARTING OFF STRONG AND LETTING THE GAME GET AWAY:
“We got off to a really good start tonight which has been what we’ve had trouble with and lost some of these games. That’s been our biggest problem, starting with bad energy. From that point on when we were up about 15 or so, they made some plays and when it got to be a closer game I think their energy was better than ours.”

ON CLEVELAND BEING THE AGGRESSOR:
“They contested shots well at the rim. I had some that I got some contact on and also some that I should have made that I just missed. Like I said, they were the aggressor in the second half and I think a lot of times the whistle goes to the aggressor, rightfully so. We just didn’t play a good game on either end, top to bottom on the roster. You give a team like Cleveland life, with guys like Kyrie Irving and [Dion] Waiters, and guys like that who are capable of getting hot, you can dig yourself quite a hole quickly.”

ON REBOUNDING FROM BAD LOSSES:
“We have a strong team and we’ve done a good job, coaches have, of helping us learn from our mistakes we made in the previous games and then as a team we’ve rallied and been able to come back and play better in the games afterwards. So we just need to make that a habit and go into Portland ready to get a victory on Sunday.”


Stephen Curry

ON THE GAME:
“We came out blazing the first quarter and got to the big lead and just weren’t able to sustain it. Once they got on a roll we just couldn’t get enough stops in a row to get the momentum back on our side until we cut it to what, eight or nine in the fourth. At that point it’s great to get the crowd back into it but you have to do so much to get over the hump that it’s too late. Terrible loss coming off a tough one down in L.A. We’ve just got to be resilient again and find a way to get one on Sunday; that’ll be a big game for us.”