Postgame Quotes - January 28, 2012
Hawks: Doug Collins | Andre Iguodala | Elton Brand
Pistons Head Coach Lawrence Frank
The Sixers are a good team. I think both teams were slow starting to get it going in the first half, and it was going to be whatever team was able to piece together shots and get their rhythm. They hit those three threes in the third quarter, and it was an uphill climb from there. Then the flood gates opened.
(On cutting the deficit to five points in the third quarter): "Yeah, and like I said, we couldn’t sustain enough for us offensively. Especially when the game wore on in transition, they started getting easier and easier baskets, and for us, it was a struggle. We couldn’t make shots and, as a result, we got what we got."
(On playing after losing two close games): "It’s all about resolve. That’s what we talked about before the game: It’s how you react. Last night’s game was over. It’s not a college season where one game defines your season. It’s an NBA season, where you run it back the next night, and unfortunately, we weren’t able to play the type of game we wanted to play."
Pistons Forward Austin Daye
(On Pistons' third quarter run): "We had trouble scoring tonight. I think our energy really wasn’t there. We’re pretty tired, but that’s not really an excuse. You have got to be able to make plays even though we’re tired, fight through the fatigue and knock down some shots. We just weren’t really in a good flow tonight."
(On 76ers' defense): Their versatility, I think. They have a lot of quick guards that are hawking the ball and standing in passing lanes. They got quick guys like Thaddeus Young, Elton Brand and Spencer Hawes. It makes it kind of tough around the rim, too.
Pistons Center Greg Monroe
(On 76ers' defense and Pistons' lack of scoring):" I would have to sit down and watch the film to see exactly what was going wrong, but I think that we missed a lot of easy shots. They do force some turnovers, but I think we just have to execute more and play at a better pace, and covert those easy layups that we were missing."
(On being active on defense): "Yeah, I mean, you have to continue to play. You’re going to have off nights, but you have to continue to play on both ends. I think we did an okay job of continuing to play, but like I said, it’s hard to continue to play hard when you know you’re missing easy shots, shots you know you can make."
76ers Head Coach Doug Collins
"Well, another grind-it-out win. Our defense was fabulous. The job that we did on those two guards was so critical. They were seven for 26 tonight. We knew they played back-to-back. We knew they were beat up with not a lot of depth at that guard position, so I thought we did a really good job with that, we ran a lot of isolation offense. We made [Greg] Monroe take nine shots to get 16 points."
I thought our bench came in and once again gave us a great lift. Lavoy Allen was once again terrific, Lou [Williams]...Where we are as a team offensively is we have to get so much form the guard position in terms of attacking. When we get caught up in a half-court game right now, we get very, very stagnant. So anytime we made a push tonight, it was off our defense, it was off getting the ball ahead, attacking on the run. I thought Lou and Dre, and Jrue really, really did a good job with that. They cut that one little stretch, they cut it, and then I thought we pushed it back out again, so very pleased with the win."
(On Philly's upcoming schedule): "Not at all. Play the teams in front you. Play the teams in front of you. We’ve got ten home wins. It doesn’t matter if you get them in April, February, March, doesn’t matter. Ten and two. Win at home and that’s what we’ve got to try to keep doing. We know we’ve got some great teams coming in. We’ve just got to be ready to play."
(On winning by large margins): "Well, you know what, we said we wanted home to be good for us. Last year, we started making it that way. The year before, 12 wins here. Last year, 26, and this year, 10. Ten and two at home."
(On getting a triple-double): Yes, (coach Collins) said, “Do you want to go back in and get a triple double?” I knew it wouldn’t take me that long. I’m just trying to keep up with the other guys in the league, and I think it’s only happened three or four times this year. It’s something I try to pride myself on, it’s something that is very difficult to get, but it seems to come natural to me. I always want to be mentioned as one of those guys that can do a lot of different things on the court.
(On 76ers fans): I think winning is a big part of this city and the fans. They are showing up and supporting us, so we owe them to go out and play hard. I think the biggest thing is we have played well on back-to-back nights, and we’ve come out ready every single night, and professional, so hopefully the fans will continue to support us.
76ers Forward Elton Brand
(On Andre Iguodala's triple-double): "When a player gets a triple double, it shows that they are all over the court. They are getting rebounds, passing, scoring, and everyone knows Andre plays great defense. It was a special day for him. It’s his birthday, and I’m happy for him."
(On winning by large margins): "Yes, having a 22-point margin in the victories is great. The two losses have come in overtime, so in closer games we have to tighten the ship a little bit, but I’m happy where we’re at."