Game Quotes: Cavaliers vs. Wizards

November 16, 2013
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Cavaliers Head Coach Mike Brown

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On tonight’s overtime victory:
“Kyrie was terrific in the huddles.  He showed some true leadership throughout the course of the game when we were down.  We were down, I don’t know, 15, something like that in the first half and if he had a microphone on him in the huddle, everybody would be able to appreciate the way he kept everybody into it.  Other veteran’s stepped up and helped him out and then we had a lot of good performances from a lot of different guys.”

On Matthew Dellavedova:
“We just felt like we wanted to throw him out there.  He’s a tough son of a gun and he does what he does.  He plays defense the right way.  He was relentless.  I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a guy go 1-5 from the field with six rebounds and two assists in 30 plus minutes, and impact the game the way he did.”

On Kyrie Irving’s leadership:
“Whatever needed to be said at that time, he was saying the right things.  We’re down 15 and we could have easily quit.  We were kind of discombobulated… Kyrie just stayed with it.  All of our guys stayed with it.  He stayed with it vocally and then you could just feel his presence.”


Kyrie Irving

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On emotional charge: 
“Just telling them that our offensive game will take care of itself throughout the game starting on the defensive end.”

On slow start and then erupting: 
“Yea. I couldn’t have done it without my teammates. They were just setting me up, putting me in positions to be aggressive and knock down shots. They were looking for me.”

On the matchup with John Wall:
“Every time we play against each other we’re always trying to go at each other. He filled up the assist stat sheet tonight. His shots will fall. Every time we play against each other, we always take it as a personal challenge. It’s not about being a number one pick, or anything like that. It’s just another good point guard going against another good one and putting on a show for the fans.”


Jarrett Jack

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On becoming a leader:
“I think as time goes on, I think you gradually get better.  As soon as training camp starts everybody has the same idea in mind.  It takes time to get that trust, that chemistry, and I think these moments where you have to dig deep and get stops down the stretch.  I mean we were down early, came all the way back, fought back, grinded out an overtime win.  You know it wasn’t pretty at all by any stretch of the imagination, and I think you know, these moments, these times, help build character on the basketball team.”

On team character:
“There was like a late stretch in overtime that I said it doesn’t matter if we win or lose.  Just the character, the effort, and the grit we showed is all we need to go in the right direction.  I’m happy we came out with the W, but even if we didn’t I was very satisfied. 

On this win making an impact on the season:
“It has to.  It has to.  You know, the thing that separates good teams from the bad teams in this league is one word, consistency.  You have to try to develop that as best you can.  I know we’re a young ball club, but we want to be good.  That consistent part is something you have to have in a game by game situation.”


Matthew Dellavedova

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WIZARDS HEAD COACH RANDY WITTMAN

On the game:
“It’s just about making plays down the stretch. We got to step up and make plays down the stretch. I don’t know what we shot the last half of the fourth quarter and overtime. We got0 to make plays where you got confidence you can do it, it didn’t feel that way. They (Cavaliers) were. It’s just we got to make plays down the stretch. That’s just what it boils down to in this league. You fight for 46, 47 minutes, we got to learn to make plays.”

On Jan Vesely:
“I thought Jan played good. I thought he rebounded the ball well, I thought he was active defensively, I thought Jan gave us some good minutes.”

On Kyrie Irving:
“We were trying to double him every pick and roll. The kid is a good player, and he got away from us, and then he got hot. He was making shots when we were running people at him. He started making shots. He made shots, he made plays down the stretch. We were in every position, even with his 41, we should have won the game.”


Bradley Beal

On the loss:
“We let Kyrie get 40 points. We can’t let one guy beat us. We all have to get on the same page and we have to do a better job of defending and keeping leads. That’s one thing we definitely have to improve on the most.  We get back up nine, 10, and we have to be able to maintain those leads and do a better job on both ends of the court.”

On Kyrie Irving:
“He was in the zone, and we tried our best on him. When you have a player like that of his caliber, you have to make other guys on the team beat you.  He definitely got hot.”

On his breakaway late in the game:
“That probably could have won us the game honestly. I definitely slipped.  I had my head down and I was just going to take it myself and saw John at the last minute.  So I was rushing to try to get him the ball and ended up outrunning the ball and ended up slipping. It was definitely a costly play.”


Marcin Gortat

On the game:
“I missed a lot of shots personally. I know that if I could make two or three more shots from outside, from underneath, we could probably win the game. Each one of us needs to make two or three more shots. Right now, the most important thing is to play defense and today we didn’t do it. We let a guy go for 41 points and that is just unacceptable. Each one of us has to play better defense, help each other, and I guess we didn’t do it well today.”

On the mood of the team:
“It is disappointing. Obviously, this was a huge disappointment. This was a team we were definitely capable of beating. We were hoping we were going to get a win today. Obviously, it puts us in a really bad situation with Minnesota who plays really good basketball with two big men inside, obviously it will be tougher in Cleveland. I guess we got to forget about this as fast as possible, get back to the gym, work on our game, look in the mirror and ask ourselves, ‘What can we do better to help our team?’”

On Jan Vesely:
“I know he is working hard. I was surprised when I came here, he’s here in the morning getting up shots, in the afternoon he’s coming back and getting his work done. With this guy it’s all about opportunity, he played well against me in Euro Basket and I realized he is capable of playing in this league. I told him a few days ago, at some point, you just have to say ‘I’m going to go out there and do it. I’m going to do it hard and try to take advantage of every situation.’ He was playing smart and with a lot of energy.”


John Wall

On Kyrie Irving’s performance:
“They do a good job of getting [Irving] in situations where he can come off the screen. He made a couple of tough shots and then he was getting into the rhythm where he was getting to the basket and getting to the free throw line. So once a guy who can shoot the ball very well gets into a rhythm, it’s hard to stop him. He was getting by in pick-and-rolls and isolated situations.”

On making changes for the Timberwolves game:
“We just have to be consistent. We just have to do a good job at keeping the leads that we are getting and stop having turnovers and letting teams get back into the game.”

On differences in the team’s performance in the previous season:
“I don’t see a big difference. I think the main thing is that you should not be losing the games that you should win. You give credit to the other team for competing and fighting hard to the end and winning those types of games. That’s something we’ve got to get back to, being a great defensive team. We’re dead last in the league on defense and we can’t win games like that if we don’t play defense.”

On finding a solution to the team’s defensive issues:
“If you look at last year, we weren’t a good scoring team so we had to play defense to be in games. This year, we can score the ball very easily, I guess we’re not playing defense. We have to find a way, and it has to be soon, to switch that over and start playing defense the same way we played it last year.”