Game Quotes: Cavaliers vs. 76ers

April 18, 2012


(On tonight’s game): “We’re just trying to find a way to conjure up energy for 48 minutes. Like I told them, I know it’s tough when you play seven (games) in nine (days), but we have five in the next seven days as well. We just have to find a way to compete at a higher level for longer periods of time. That’s the bottom line.”

(On Philadelphia’s third quarter run and taking Kyrie Irving out): “He wasn’t coming back in. I knew that from jump street. I think what really changed the game was (when) they scored and went up six or eight, we throw it in bounds, (then) they steal it and Andre dunks it. I think from that point on, it seemed like our momentum kind of went downhill. That’s basically how I saw it and I think also we just kind of ran out of gas.”

(On Irving): “I think he played pretty good. I think he was a little rusty as we all expected. Wind-wise, he said he felt good. The next few games are a process of just kind of adding more minutes to it. I had a number in mind that I didn’t want to go over and I didn’t. The (final) number was a little bit below so I was happy about that. Right now, it’s just a matter of us trying to build some things with him and some of our other young guys. It gives me an idea of what guys can do and what they can’t do.”

(On Irving getting knocked down): “He got right back up which was a great sign to show me that he’s fine. He didn’t grab his shoulder or anything. Matter of fact, he started laughing a little bit when Elton (Brand) grabbed him (and asked) ‘Are you okay.’ That was a good sign. I was a little nervous about that (hit).”

(On Thompson in the post): “He’s gotten better as far as being on the post. He still has a long way to go. I think at times he’s still very robotic. We have to get him to where it’s just a natural feel and (to) just try to beat the defender with one move and if he can’t, (he) goes to his counter. He’s gotten better from day one to this day, but he still has a long way to go and that’s what this summer is all about.”


(On getting back out on the court): “It definitely felt good being out there with my teammates and actually competing. Things didn’t go the way I wanted, but it happens. It felt good just to be back out there.”

(On Elton Brand’s foul in the first quarter): “It was just a play he tried to make on the ball. I fell to the floor and it was my “welcome back” kind of moment. It was good to get it out of the way in the early going.”

(On if he played with any apprehension tonight): “Not at all. When I had my concussion, I was asked if I would stop attacking the basket and would change my game, but I didn’t at all. Those kinds of plays are going to happen and are inevitable. It’s not going to make me change my game at all.”

(On how he felt physically tonight): “I felt like I was rushing my shots a little bit. I really wanted my first two shots to go in and they were definitely shots that I’ve made before. It really felt good to get back out there and to get my legs under me and finally be competing again.”

(On if he felt winded at all tonight): “At times I felt it. In the first quarter, I didn’t feel it at all, but when I went back in, it started to get to me a little bit. I just have to get used to playing at a high tempo and playing NBA basketball again.”

(On why he should be playing): “I’m going out there to try to win as many games as possible. Although we’re out of (playoff contention), it’s about competing and I love to play. I’d rather be out there on one leg than be on the bench and just not competing.”


(On Philadelphia’s offense): “(Andre Iguodala has) been looking to score. Especially early in the game, when we need him. We started out that group (Elton Brand, Andre Iguodala, Nikola Vucevic, Jrue Holiday, Jodie Meeks) tonight and as you said Jodie has been struggling to score the ball. Jrue was very quiet in the first half. In the second quarter I just pulled him over and said, ‘Jrue, last night you had a donut (no points) in the first half against Indiana. I need you to get aggressive.’ Then he had seven points at the end of the half, which I thought got him going. Nik (Vucevic) was struggling. So, with Andre (Iguodala) getting us going, that really helped…It was a great win. (It was) much needed.”


(On the 76ers being more aggressive offensively): “I think, with our team, we’re kind of passive. Guys on the team want to make the extra pass and sometimes you do have to be a little selfish. I’m not saying (Andre Iguodala) was selfish tonight, but I think he had an awesome game. He almost had a triple-double. Sometimes you just have to force things.”

(On how well the Sixers played on offense and getting a crucial win): “It feels good. You kind of feel unstoppable. Every shot was falling. There was one three that kind of popped up, five feet up in the air, and it went in. Everything just kind of goes your way. I think (getting this win) was crucial just because we lost the last couple and we lost to teams we shouldn’t have lost to. Beating this team and getting this win like this, it really helped us out.”


(On the 3rd quarter): “It was really good for us. Guys were hitting shots and when you see the ball go in the hole, it kind of boosts your confidence. Hopefully it continues for us.”

(On if the Sixers are feeling any pressure): “It’s pretty much the same. Last night, we had a tough loss. I feel like the way we played if we keep that same pace and tempo we’ll be fine against any team. If we just cut out a few mistakes, we’ll beat anybody.”

(On Jrue Holiday): “He was hitting shots. They were backing up off of him and we have a lot of different guys that can score for us. It could be me, Jrue (Holiday), Elton (Brand), Lou (Williams), Thaddeus (Young), Evan (Turner) has had some big nights. Once he made a few shots we kept going back to him and it got him in a rhythm.”