Game Quotes: Cavaliers vs. Kings
(On tonight's game): "I think we got a little lucky tonight. That's all I can say."
(On why he thinks they got lucky): "I didn't think we played the way that we are capable of playing. I thought we were kind of messing around in the first half and in the second half, that team had a lot of confidence that they could win the game and we tried to turn it on. Like I've said before, you can't just turn it on and off, so I thought we got lucky."
(On the Cavs' final possession): "Give (Irving) the ball and see if he can create a shot. We had enough time where we thought he would be able to get it and have a dribble or two. Luckily for us, Evans decided to foul him."
(On Tristan Thompson): "He just did a good job. He was aggressive. He was going after the ball offensively and defensively. He was being very active. That's the one thing about him; if we can continue to get him to do those things, he'll be effective like he was tonight. I'm not saying he'll have double-doubles every night but he'll be effective. I thought he played pretty good (against Miami) and I thought he started to get his confidence back. I think the ankle is starting to get to a point where it's not a problem. He's not thinking about it so he can just go out there and play."
(On Irving's free throws): "Two big free throws and we had one of our best free throw shooters on the line. Him and Sessions are our two best. It was great that he had the ball at that particular time and got fouled and was able to go up there and knock them down."
(On playing Irving and Sessions together): "That's probably our best offensive squad. It's probably our best defensive squad as well. As long as Boobie is out and AP is out, that lineup you'll probably see a little bit more often."
(On his game winning free throws): "I felt like it was just a routine situation. There was a little bit of pressure, but I was prepared for it. I'm just glad the situation worked out like that; where I got to the free throw line."
(On what he was thinking as he was shooting the game-winning free throws): "I just imagined myself back in my backyard, honestly, shooting my free throws. I practice them almost every day with Coach Scott and it was just a routine thing."
(On if he was surprised about being fouled late in the game): "I was. Even if they didn't call a reach-in foul. I saw the lane open up a little bit and I was going to go for the layup, but (Tyreke Evans) fouled me and it was a unique situation. I don't know if (Evans) thought they had a foul to give. I was just surprised."
(On his performance tonight): "I've just been doing what I've been doing. I'm trying to grab every rebound, block every shot, and run the floor. Fortunately, it worked out good for myself and we got the win which is most important."
(On his first career double-double): "It feels good, especially with the win. That was good for us. It was a tough game and it wasn't the prettiest, but I'm glad we got the win."
(On if he sensed a performance like this was coming): "Whenever you go down (from injury), especially as a rookie, you just have to get your groove back. Against Miami, we got blown out, but tonight we played hard, played active, blocked shots and we got the win."
KINGS HEAD COACH KEITH SMART
(On the game): "We did what we could do. As much as we could and it just didn't go our way tonight. It's unfortunate how it ended, but those are the breaks of the basketball (game) and how (the ball) bounced. Isaiah (Thomas) played well. (He) had a career high (in points, rebounds and assists); with his game I thought he did a good job. (DeMarcus Cousins) did a good job. Our guys did a good job. It just wasn't in the cards for us to win tonight unfortunately."
(On Isaiah Thomas): "He's been developing and been doing a great job with his game. He's been moving the ball very well and the point of attack has been secure with him playing there. I need a director on the floor and he's (been) doing a good job with that. Two games of doing this. We've been close in both games so the progress for him has been very, very (good)."
(On the loss): "We had them on the ropes. It was a back and forth game, but we just didn't close it out because of the call at the end."
(On guarding Kyrie Irving at the end of the game): "We were switching everything so I didn't know who was going to get the ball, but it was my man who was switching. So they switched it. We switched on the first screen and on the second one. I saw them crossing over at the top and I hit the ball and they called a foul. There's nothing I can do about it now."
(On the losses during the road trip): "A lot of them were tough, but this was one we knew we had. We had the last one, but to lose like this was (heartbreaking). We're getting closer and closer to getting over the hump and we just have to look at film and see where we didn't execute."
(On his strong performance): "I was just playing. I was out there getting lost in the game and just trying to play my heart out. Some shots were falling and my teammates were finding me. They were also getting good buckets off of my passes. I'm just out there playing, not really looking at stats. If we got the win it would have been so much better. We lost and we have to get back to the drawing board."
(On playing against the first overall draft pick, Kyrie Irving): "It's in my head. I would be lying if I said it wasn't. He was the number one pick, I was the last pick. I mean why not? That's extra motivation. He's a great player. He's real (fundamentally sound). He's got talent. Hopefully (when) we play them again we get the win."