Postgame Quotes - January 20, 2012
MeMphis: Lionel Hollins | Marc Gasol | Tony Allen
Pistons Head Coach Lawrence Frank
(On turnover points) – “(Definite problem) especially early on you see 11 turnovers for 18 points, only a third of their points were off turnovers. They had 32 points off of our 25 turnovers, those are back breaking because that’s the first pass of their fast break, those are really crippling.”
“(On the team giving into the pressure) – “No I wouldn’t say that, I would just say that you look at Memphis and they are very good at doing what they do. They over play passing lanes, they shoot gaps on screens, they’re very aggressive, they’re high-level defenders and I think it took us in terms of our ability with all that pressure. Instead of fighting it you need to counter it. Screening bodies, getting into the paint, bending their defense opposed to playing around it, we’re still trying to connect the dots but at least we were better in the third quarter with it.”
(On losing) – “Of course (it’s still hard), losing sucks. You know, it’s misery, to me it’s how you win and how you lose. So the way we played the first half that’s not who we are going to be. When we came out in the third quarter that is the how we have to play, with relentless energy, attacking and (with that) you could live with the mistakes that you had in the third quarter because they were aggressive attacks and play-hard mistakes.”
(On effort) “I feel our effort was spotty. We came out and made a concerted effort in the third to step up our intensity level, be more aggressive and that’s something we didn’t do consistently throughout the game. I thought that was pretty much the key to the game.”
(On record representing team) “I wouldn’t say talent-wise, but we are what we are. We can’t just change our record because we think we’re better than we are. We’re a 3-13 and until we prove otherwise, we just need to continue each and every night to find a way to muster the effort it takes to win a NBA game.”
(On turnovers) “I think it’s just concentration. There’s no excuse to throw the ball away and be as careless as we are at times. I don’t think it’s an offensive team, I think it’s a matter of us focusing and concentrating.”
Grizzlies Head Coach Lionel Hollins
(on finishing the game):"We came out and executed. We really executed down the stretch. We got five or six shots in a row. They took one of their bigs out and I was able to play Rudy (Gay) at the four. We had Marc (Gasol), Rudy, and then I had Tony who could guard Brandon Knight. He did a great job on him and got three or four deflections and a couple steals. After starting the game we had our scorers on the court but we also had our defensive players on the court at the same time."
(On Mike Conley): "Mike has been superb for us this year. He has been the director and he got us into stuff. He made a couple of nice passes; he got to the basket and made some layups. We're playing really well as a group. We’re starting to find who we are and what our identity is.
Grizzlies Center Marc Gasol
(On jumping on team early): "We've been doing that but we always give up the lead at the beginning of the third quarter and all the teams come back and cut it to single digits. So we got to do better than that. We know tough teams; we can't allow them to do that."
(On closing strong): "That shows some metal toughness. If we didn’t have that problem to begin with we would be okay. We’re getting better and that’s one thing we do a lot better is playing defense right now."
(On playing one game at a time) “That’s been our mentality for the past three-and-a-half years and that’s going to be for however long it goes."
Grizzlies Guard Tony Allen