What the Cleveland Cavaliers had to say about 104-100 loss to the Pelicans (11/22/13)

Cavaliers Coach Mike Brown
“We did some good things out on the floor tonight. As you can see it’s one of the first times that we felt comfortable with the different guys out on the floor and we kind of knew where to go with the basketball. I thought our guys did a nice job throughout the course of the game spacing the floor the right way and trying to share the basketball and executing. Where the game was lost was 20 turnovers. On the road you have 20 turnovers for 21 points, that’s tough. You couple that with 19 offensive rebounds and 25 second chance points, then you add 23 fast break points, that’s 69 points just in stuff that you can control by getting back quick, boxing out and being smart with the basketball. That’s where the game was lost, but you give New Orleans credit because they kept fighting, but that’s where the game was won or lost for us. That is where we as a young team have to be better. We have to understand that every single possession is a big possession.”

“It’s a tough loss, especially when you feel like you had control of most of the game, but it’s a growing, learning experience for a young group.”

On being up by 12 with 5 minutes left then losing the lead
“The biggest thing without watching the tape I felt is that we didn’t get to their shooters. We maybe closed a little short because at that time we have to understand that teams are desperate, two’s don’t hurt us as big as threes because threes gives them momentum. They were able to hit some, whether they were contested or not. They were able to hit some threes in that period of time to help get a little bit of momentum. I thought we turned the ball over a couple times late and we just couldn’t finish. We got the ball I thought where we wanted to get the ball. We got the ball to the rim a couple of times and whether it was a foul or not I don’t know, you have to go back and watch the tape. We didn’t settle for jumpers all the time, we looked to attack, we just didn’t finish.”

Cavaliers Guard Kyrie Irving
On the turnout of tonight’s game
“They took advantage of us. We gave ourselves a chance, but being on the road can be tough.”

On how he felt about tonight’s game
“It doesn’t matter how I feel. The game could have gone either way. We just have to prepare ourselves for San Antonio.”

On playing against the Spurs
“We look forward to playing against them. They’re a great team. They have always been a great team. We just can’t wait to go there and give it our all.”

Cavaliers Center Andrew Bynum
On his progress this season
“I’m still on target to play. I felt good today. I’m just taking my time.”

On his enjoyment of the sport
“I just have to go out and have fun. My main focus is to concentrate on basketball. I don’t have to worry about anything else.”