Game Quotes: Cavaliers at Bucks

March 14, 2012


(On tonight's game): "Obviously we couldn't sustain it, if you look at the game and what we were trying to do. But you have to give them credit. I thought they played extremely well. Especially offensively, they really moved the ball. I give them all the credit in the world. I thought they played well pretty much the whole game. I thought it was a consistent effort on their part of getting the ball moving from side to side. Their offensive execution was great. We had a bit of a lull. We missed layups. We turned the ball over a little bit and they had a nice run. For 48 minutes I thought they were about as steady as they've been."

(On the Bucks offensively): "They had 32 points in the paint in the first half, 26 in the second half. When we allow a team to shoot the ball that well and get that many lay-ups, it puts too much pressure on us offensively. We're not there yet where we can allow that type of field day in the paint against us."


(On being close to the Bucks in the standings): "We knew what was at stake. We knew they were going to come out and play at a high level. We were upset with the way things went last night. We were focused enough, and did a pretty good job throughout three quarters. They did a great job moving the ball, having us go from one side of the floor to the other. When you play a team like that you have to be able to communicate, and we weren't able to communicate the way we needed to get stops and put ourselves in a pretty good position."


(On the Bucks offensive efficiency): "They made adjustments on the offensive end and made it difficult to play our defensive game. They were running multiple actions that made it difficult to cover everyone. Everybody was doing their job out there, but one slip up and there was a lay-up or an open ‘three.'"

(On the Bucks' addition of Monta Ellis): "It'll be scary just thinking about the possibility between him (Monta Ellis) and Brandon Jennings together."

(On his shot tonight): "It felt good. The past few games I had really struggled with my shot, but am getting it back. I thought I was hitting the wall, the mythical wall, the rookie wall, and I'm getting it back. But at the end of the day, we have to get a win. That's what it's about."


(On tonight's game): "The lineup out there just really kind of got it going. We were moving the ball around well, Beno (Udrih) had a nice rhythm to running the offense. Mike (Dunleavy) was good again, (Ersan Ilyasova) was out there, they went small and we did what we had to do. Luc (Mbah a Moute) got on the board and got fouled, (Ilyasova) got on the board and got fouled."

(On playing smaller lineups): Those are always tricky moments. We've done it ourselves, we just did it at New Jersey when you go small and you're trying to come back, you're trying to change the tempo of the game. If you can remain a little bit bigger out there that's what you have to do, you have to follow them on the boards. Those things can break either way, and it broke for us tonight."

(On Luc Mbah a Moute): "He was very good. It was good to have him back. It was good to be able to put him on (Antawn) Jamison some and that's Luc's game, being able to guard those guys and get on those boards and scrap for balls and hustle. I thought he did a very good job."


(On tonight's game): "It was a good night for us offensively. We felt like against this team every time we move the ball we got something good. A lot of times it was just getting the ball to the open guy and a lot of times the guys did that. We had a really high assist game, it was good for us."

(On getting wins): "At this point it's really one game at a time. Every game is big. Moving forward I think there is three or four teams right there for that eighth spot, so we can't afford to play bad or anything like that. If we lose a game we have to lose because the other team beat us. That's how important these games are right now, so every game counts and we just have to take it one game at a time."


(On moving the ball around): "I've been feeling kind of good swinging the ball and making plays for my teammates the last three or four games. I think it's becoming contagious for all of us. Finding the open guy, making the right basketball play, making the right cut, and us being unselfish swinging the ball to that teammate and them knocking it down. It's been working in our favor."

(On the team playing well): "We're in a little groove right now. We know we're one game out of the playoff race so that gave us some more incentive to really focus on these games. Take it a game at a time, play as hard as we possibly can