Game Quotes: Cavaliers vs. Bucks

(On the game tonight): “We’re just not giving ourselves a chance to win the game when you have 25 points off turnovers and you give up 18 second chance points. That’s 43 points. That’s a little under 43% of what they’re scoring. We just have to do a better job of valuing the ball and trusting each other on the offensive end as well as the defensive end. Until we can do that, playing hard isn’t good enough. We have to play harder. We have to play smarter and we have to be tougher. That’s basically the bottom line.”

(On Milwaukee shooting so well): “If you turn it over, it’s like a track meet. They’re getting layups and easy shots. You don’t block out and they’re getting put backs. Basically, they shoot and miss and they’re getting it right back in. That’s 50% right there. Like I said, we just have to do a better job of keeping guys off the glass, eliminating that part of the game. You know they’re going to get some offensive rebounds but 18 second chance points and 25 points off of turnovers is way too many. We just have to do a much better job. Our guys have to do a better job of coming out from the start of the game, for 48 minutes. We can’t do it for 24 or 36, it has to be 48 minutes of good solid (basketball). You have to play with a sense of urgency every time you’re out on the floor and I don’t think we did that.”

(On the teams effort): “I think effort has something to do with it. We have to do a better job of playing harder. There’s no doubt about that. We also have to do a better job of when a team has a little bit of a run or we make some mistakes on the offensive end, we can’t hold our head down and let it accumulate on the defensive end. I think sometimes we turn the ball over on one end, we go down and mess up on the defensive end because we’re thinking about the turnover we just had on the offensive end instead of just saying ‘ok, let’s get it back on this end of the floor by being solid defensively.’ All these are heartaches and pains of having a young bunch of guys out there. We just have to deal with it.”

(On if he’s concerned about the effort): “It’s not a concern. It was just very disappointing tonight. 16 turnovers (leading to) 25 points; if you have 16 turnovers and they score 16 points, that’s too much. 25 points means, effort wise, they’re just beating you up and down the floor. We’ve done a much better job as far as coming out and playing with energy and effort. I thought in the second quarter, our energy level went down and we just never recouped.”

(On cutting down on turnovers that they had late in the game when trying to make a comeback run): “It’s just something that you have got to focus on. They were out there playing good defense. Not to take anything from them, but some of them were bouncing off of our feet, including myself. We have just got to take care of the ball and seize those opportunities. In the fourth quarter only down nine, you have got to seize every moment of that.”

(On if the unforced errors hurt them tonight): “I think so, but that’s just everybody being aggressive. Coach wants us to be aggressive and some guys, including myself, are trying to get things happening. We are trying to get the ball to the bucket. We got it down to nine and we felt like we had a shot, so we were just trying to take advantage of it. We just turned it over one too many times.”

(On the tough road trip ahead this week): “It’s the NBA; there are no easy games. Tomorrow, we have got Chicago, a great team. We have got to get in tomorrow and take care of business.”

(On the losing streak): “Nobody likes to lose, I know I don’t. I hate losing with a passion. We have lost a number of games, so for me to sit here and say I’m comfortable or I’m OK or it’s going to get better, it’s enough of saying that. Now it’s time to do it. It’s time to do it. You have got to go out there and play the game the right way. No more excuses, you just have to go out there and do it.”

(On what they need to do to get over the hump and get a win): “I’m not sure. I know every game, we show signs here or there. At some point, we will show a sign of what we are capable of doing, but we haven’t been able to put an entire game together. We can’t have excuses. At some point, you have got to throw those excuses out the window and go out there and play the game. I think that’s what we have to do.”

(On the play of Carlos Delfino): “Our goal was to keep his minutes down but if he felt good we would play him and let him go a little bit longer. He looked fine and he felt good and we are glad to have him back. He had his four defensive rebounds at halftime and he did the things that he does. Obviously his shot and his rhythm are off a little bit still but it is understandable. I thought he played very well.”

(On Andrew Bogut’s performance against the smaller Cavs frontcourt): “I thought he was very good not only in scoring the ball, but in some of the situations where they came down and doubled him. He made good decisions out of (the post) and he made some sharp passes out of (the post). He was active and we needed it. We needed him to go down (to the post) and score some points tonight and he did it for us.”

(On Delfino’s contribution to the team tonight): “He was not shooting it like he usually does. He is usually one of our best three point shooters so just having him on the floor helps guys, helps Keyon (Dooling) with pick and rolls, and helps us in getting the ball into the post. Even on a bad shooting night he is going to shoot the ball and you have to respect him from the three point line.”

(On the teams play tonight): “I was really just trying to be aggressive tonight. (Andrew) Bogut stood up really good for us. We knew that he could dominate in the post for us so we really wanted to feed off of him and get some easy transition points and we had a great opportunity to do that.”