Postgame Quotes - January 30, 2011

Pistons at Knicks

Detroit: John Kuester | Ben Gordon | Charlie Villanueva
New York: Mike D'Antoni | Amar'e Stoudemire | Danilo Galinari | Timofey Mozgov

Pistons Head Coach John Kuester
On tonight’s game:
“too many points we gave up. (Timofey) Mozgov played phenomenal basketball coming off the bench and Amar’e (Stoudemire) kept dropping by us and kept getting off the pick and roll and knocking down jump shots which showed a lot of courage, he’s had some injuries and he played almost 40 minutes.”

More on tonight’s game:
“It was important for us to defend tonight, we knew that and it seemed like we wanted to make it the O.K. Corral in regards to a shootout. The score was 91-91 at the end of the third and we had a chance, but we had to defend. We had to pick up a couple of stops in a row and we couldn’t get it. They took advantage of our ability to not guard the ball the way we’re capable of. We had problems guarding the ball closing out.”

“Any time you lose its no fun, you’re always trying to figure out how you could have put yourself at that advantage, but the bottom line is that I believe in our group and we’ve been playing pretty dagon good basketball, but we came out of this thing not playing the way I know we’re capable of in the fourth period.”

On the Pistons’ road trip:
“We knew this stretch was going to be challenging, and I thought we had met the challenge in regards to pretty much playing every game but it seems like in New York and New Jersey, we didn’t finish the fourth quarters the way we are capable of.”

On Greg Monroe:
“He was phenomenal tonight. This young man is playing outstanding basketball and we need him to continue playing basketball the way he is.”

On Tracy McGrady:
“Tracy (McGrady) has been playing outstanding basketball, but he came out tonight without the pep in his step that he’s had in the last few games, so it’s one of those things that we just have to regroup and stay positive and realize that we have to take care of each game as it comes.”

Pistons Guard Ben Gordon
On tonight’s game:
“It’s our defense, this is obviously a great scoring team, but I feel like they got way too many uncontested layups, shots, and we just didn’t show up defensively. That’s the frustrating part.”

More on tonight’s game:
“Well you gotta give a lot of credit. It’s the New York Knicks. (Mike) D’Antoni’s system is great. They got a lot of great players. Possible MVP candidate in Amar’e (Stoudemire), great point guard in (Raymond) Felton, who kind of gets everything going. They’re big man (Timofey Mozgov) played well, really well. (Danilo) Gallinari did his thing. They had a balanced effort and we just didn’t have an answer for it.”

Pistons Forward Charlie Villanueva
On tonight’s game:
“We allowed too many points first of all, in the first half. This is a team who really doesn’t care how many points you score. They’re a team who scores a lot of points in bunches. They got into a run today, and we couldn’t stop them.”



Knicks Head Coach Mike D'Antoni
On Timofey Mozgov:
“We always liked him. That’s why he started this year. We thought he had that potential. The thing that he did, which Toney Douglas did last year, he kept working every day, kept working with our coaches and staying ready to go. He got a break today and he was unbelievable. He really played well and hopefully he can continue that on.”

On Anthony Randolph:
“I thought he played pretty well. I thought Anthony did a good job.”

On strong defense efforts:
“You also have to give Detroit credit, to a certain extent, they were doing well, they were making some shots. (Charlie) Villanueva hit a couple missiles early. I thought we played hard. We gave up some second chance points and rebounds that we shouldn’t have. They dropped off a little bit and maybe we picked up our intensity. But I thought they played a heck of a game.”

On Amar’e Stoudemire going down:
“Well that was good, he banged the other knee so then he wasn’t limping anymore. Tomorrow we have a day off and the next day he’ll go light and he’ll be ready to go Wednesday. We’ll keep working with him but he’ll get his bangs, that’s the position he plays and as hard as he goes to the basket, that’s going to happen.”

Knicks Forward Amar'e Stoudemire
On Timofey Mozgov:
“He played great. He’s one of those players who keeps working and keeps trying to improve. He’s a young player. Coach said I did a great job with him, keeping him in shape and keeping him enthused. He played well tonight.”

On the second half:
“It was a great effort, something that we needed a lot of energy. First half I was trying to save my legs a little bit, but second half we really had it going and got the win.”

On his knees:
“They feel pretty good. I’ll be ready. No worries.”

Knicks Forward Danilo Gallinari
On tonight’s game:
“I feel really good because we won the game and especially because we played a great fourth quarter. We played like a great team – a playoff team – in the fourth quarter.”

On being more aggressive:
“I’m feeling pretty good. We have Wil (Wilson Chandler) and Shawne (Williams) out, so we all had to step up. I said to myself that I had to be more aggressive - as aggressive as I could.”

On Timofey Mozgov:
“Timofey (Mozgov) played great. He had a tough beginning, but never put his head down and he had a great game. That’s why he works so hard in practice. He showed things today that we know he can do because he does it every day in practice.”

Knicks Center Timofey Mozgov
On tonight’s game:
“I feel really good because we won the game and especially because we played a great fourth quarter. We played like a great team – a playoff team – in the fourth quarter.”

On being more aggressive:
“I’m feeling pretty good. We have Wil (Wilson Chandler) and Shawne (Williams) out, so we all had to step up. I said to myself that I had to be more aggressive - as aggressive as I could.”

On Timofey Mozgov:
“Timofey (Mozgov) played great. He had a tough beginning, but never put his head down and he had a great game. That’s why he works so hard in practice. He showed things today that we know he can do because he does it every day in practice.”