Player of the Game
Veteran guard brought an offensive spark off the bench, scoring 12 points in 23 minutes, making 5-of-9 from the field and adding three assists.
Stat of the Night
Oct. 30, 2009 at Conseco Fieldhouse
Heat 96, Pacers 83
“I think our young guys inside got a lesson. Roy (Hibbert) and Solomon (Jones) really got schooled by Jermaine O’Neal. But they’ll get better by playing against guys like that. Dwyane Wade was Dwyane Wade. We fouled too many times. It never lets you get into a rhythm or tempo and they defended the hell out of us. They get under your chin and they’re very, very aggressive."
"We’re certainly not a solid basketball team right now. But we will work to become one. It’s important for all our players to be productive, to be aggressive at both ends of the floor and tied into what we’re doing.”
“We just played poorly. We didn’t shoot the ball well. They are a pretty physical team and we played their game. We’re fouling too much, easy shots came far and few between and when we got them we didn’t knock them down. "
"We’re disappointed for ourselves as well as the fans that showed up tonight. They deserved better. You don’t get behind early to a good team like this and come back to win. We have got to work harder. Four-of-23 from the three point line won’t beat anybody. We’ve got to go back to the drawing board and get ready for the next game. I thing we’re all disappointed in the game tonight.”
“It came down to making and not making shots. Unfortunately we didn’t make them."
"We fouled them too much and put them on the line too much, which gave them an edge up. We’ve got to get better, take better shots and just improve overall. It’s a long season and we have a long time to get ourselves gelled.”
(On the game) "It was a mature and professional win. I’m happy for Jermaine (O’Neal) to come back here and play healthy. He loves to establish the tempo."
(On the team) "This team is explosive. I know Quentin Richardson’s box score is not very revealing, but he did a solid job on Danny Granger."
(How does it feel to win in this arena after so many losses here?) "It’s very gratifying. We had some good teams and we had heartbreaking losses. So it’s satisfying for those of us who have been here for a while."
(On Jermaine O’Neal) "His rebounding was a key factor. He set the tone on the glass for us."
(On the Pacers) "They’re a dynamic offensive team with granger on the move they put you in tight situations."
(On the rotations) "I’m pleased with the rotation. We’re getting consistent minutes with entire rotations. Udonis (Haslem) anchors that crew. Our minutes are much more consistent."
(On Udonis being a closer) "He gives you that championship toughness and extra possessions and he gives the team a great deal of confidence.”
“Indiana’s style is to get you to do things you don’t usually do. They try to get you to speed up and try to get you to go fast. Once you get into that game they can beat you there, especially at home. We try to control the pace a little bit, get into our offense, get into our sets, and play to our strengths. We were playing the inside game and also working the outside game as well."
(On Jermaine O’Neal) "He’s feeling good… When he’s healthy he’s still one of the best centers that we have in this game. I’m happy for him and I want to see him keep it up.”
“Having the big game here against Indiana, it means a lot to me. I was part of the team that went on those long runs against the Heat. It means a lot to me to be with this team (the Heat) now and to have the type of game I had to stop the streak. It’s a special, special moment."
(On tonight’s game) "We went through some things, some tough calls. Indiana made a run and we stayed focused. We stuck with the game plan and stayed together.”