Game Quotes: Cavaliers vs. Pacers


(On tonight’s game): “A good win for us. I thought in the first half, on both ends of the floor, we played extremely well. Besides the fact that on the defensive end we allowed them to have 18 offensive rebounds. That probably was the only negative, but other than that, the effort was fantastic on both ends of the floor. Offensively, we really moved the ball and got pretty much any shot that we wanted so that was a plus.”

(On Irving and Erden): “I thought both were fantastic. Just to see that Kyrie came out there and didn’t look like he missed a beat. Didn’t look like he missed five or six days; just really looked fresh and rejuvenated. Semih played with the energy that we’ve been talking about. (He) played a lot more efficient on the offensive end and the defensive end.”

(On Kyrie being aggressive from the start): “We’ve always known from day one that he has no fear, so it wasn’t surprising to me that his first shot was going to be an aggressive, attack-mode type shot. I wasn’t surprised at all. It was just good to see him back out there on the floor playing the way that I know he’s capable of playing.”

(On the first half): “It was probably one of the better halves we’ve had on both ends of the floor. When you start nitpicking, when we came in (at halftime), the first thing we looked at was the 13 offensive rebounds that they got. A lot of that was due to the fact that we did a real good job on them from the defensive standpoint, but we got ourselves out of position a couple of times and gave up some offensive rebounds. Other than that, it was about as good as it gets. I think we had eight turnovers too, so that was the other thing that we talked about. We played very good solid basketball on both ends of the floor.”

(On Erden tonight): “I thought he was a little bit more aggressive tonight. On both ends of the floor, he was more aggressive and that’s the one thing we want him to be. We want him to try to be assertive when he’s out there on both ends of the floor. I thought tonight he was a little bit more comfortable and confident in doing that. We found him a couple of times where he could just go up and just dunk it and lay it in and I think that gives you confidence as well.”


(On how he felt physically tonight): “I’m 100 percent. It doesn’t mean that because I had a prior concussion that my game is going to change in any way. I had the same aggressiveness.”

(On the first half of tonight’s game): “It started with the (defensive) end of the basket. That worked for us tonight. We made some shots and the flow of our offense was great. We shot sixty something percent, which is great for us. Great stats like that made it easier for us in the second half.”


(On scoring a career-high 18 points tonight): “I feel great. I’m happy because this was one of the first games for me. It’s not easy. I tried to do my job and I did. I want to keep working hard and just want to be a good teammate.”

(On facing Roy Hibbert tonight): “I know he’s a good player. He’s an all-star, but I just tried to play hard and hustle. I tried to help my teammates and I did a good job. We won the game, so I’m happy.”


(On his injury tonight): “It’s frustrating, first of all. I felt like I was getting back into the groove and was feeling good and then something like that happens, but I’m proud of the team. We’ll see how it feels tomorrow.”

(On playing through pain): “It hurts pretty badly. When you first roll it, you try to figure out what’s wrong. I’ve had this injury before, so hopefully I can heal quicker from it.”


(On the game): “Give credit to Cleveland for playing a better game than we did tonight. Kyrie Irving was terrific. We didn’t guard the three (point line) well enough and we didn’t execute offensively well enough to get the (win). Our pick and roll defense is not tied together. We’re working on it (and) it will improve. It’s a long season.”

(On Semih Erden’s performance): “I think it was a result of them moving the basketball really well. (Kyrie) Irving got him involved with a lot of stuff and our coverage on pick and rolls wasn’t that strong. He was able to get open and (Cleveland’s) guards found him.”


(On Indiana’s losing streak): “I’m probably not doing a good job, myself, being a leader. Secondly, I don’t think it has anything to do with injuries; it’s just a matter of us being able to focus. We know the things we’re messing up on. It’s not like we have never seen it (before)…Coach Frank (Vogel), it’s not his fault, or the coaching staff’s fault; it’s within us. We just have to take it a step at a time…This season, this is the first time (we’re) facing adversity and it hurts. It really hurts. Then again it’s a long season and some of the veterans told me that you have to have a short-term memory and the next game is its own opportunity.”

(On Roy Hibbert’s play): “He’s been doing it all season long. He makes my job easier as a point guard. He makes everybody’s job easier. Not just offensively, he’s doing a good job defensively too.”


(On the game): “They came out from the start and played better than us. They brought more intensity. They brought more energy tonight.”

(On Semih Erden): “He was big for them. He made some big-time plays. He’s a big guy. The pick and rolls were really tough for us to guard.”