What the Pistons had to say about 111-106 loss to the Pelicans (12/11/13)

Pistons Coach Maurice Cheeks
On being proud of the way they battled back
“Yes, we were in the game. We had some plays, Brandon (Jennings) had a shot, actually two shots, to win that game, it just didn’t go down. We made some plays down the stretch, that (Ryan) Anderson three really hurt us, but we made some plays down the stretch.”

On the end of the game where Brandon Jennings had two shots
“Yes, we had a pick and roll play for him to come off of and he was either for a three or a two. It wasn’t necessarily for a three, but he kind of fumbled the ball. He got a shot, we got the offensive rebound, threw it out there, and missed another wide open shot, so we live with those shots.”

On defensively tightening up in the second half
“We got a little better on the ball defense, I thought our on ball defense was better. In the first half, they were breaking us down defensively. They were getting inside the paint too easily, and consequently they shot a high percentage: 55 or 56 percent. In the second half we closed off their bigs, got a lot better in stopping the dribble, and we closed off the paint a little more.”

Pistons forward Greg Monroe
On coming back in the second half to force overtime
“We can’t put ourselves in the hole like that. Personally, I missed some free throws. Technically, if I make one more free throw we win the game. There was some good things we did, but we didn’t win the game.”

On the play of Ryan Anderson in overtime
“We lost track of him in overtime. With a guy like that, you can’t give him one second to get that shot off. It’s tough. We did a good job most of the game, but he hurt us in overtime.”

Pistons center Andre Drummond
On coming back in the second half to force overtime
“Our bench really helped us out. We grinded that game out, but the end result wasn’t what we wanted, but we played well.”

On the impact of Jason Smith and Ryan Anderson
“It was just like the night before, you have guys that can pick and pop and shoot the ball. It’s on Greg (Monroe) and I to figure it out. We can’t continue to let guys come in our paint and do those kind of things to us. It’s a building process and we’re going to figure it out. It’s not going to happen for too long.”