Postgame Quotes - April 8, 2014

Pistons at Hawks

Detroit: John Loyer | Greg Monroe
Atlanta: Mike Budenholzer | Kyle Korver

Pistons Head Coach John Loyer

(Opening Statement) “I thought right from the opening tip we had the right intent. We got a lot of offensive rebounds, we were quicker to the ball, we got a lot of extra possessions, and we started out with really good momentum. What (tonight) looked like to me was a group not trying to hold on to the lead, but a group that was trying to win the game. We held them to 39% (field goal percentage). I told them that was the number one stat for me. When you do that, you give yourself a good chance to win.”

(On Peyton Siva’s performance) “Peyton played with some poise. I told him he held the ball a little too much up top waiting for things to happen, but he’s got a big heart and he has a lot of guts. He stepped up and made a couple of shots at the buzzer. The kid’s not scared of anything.”

(On Kentavious Caldwell-Pope) “When he gets steady minutes he gets his hands on a lot of balls. He’s active. I told him tonight I’d like to see that on a regular basis.”

Pistons Forward Greg Monroe

(On not having Josh Smith at the small forward spot tonight and how that changed how he played) “It was a little different. You can say that anytime personnel changes. Different players call for different assignments. Coaches are going to adjust to different players, especially when a guy like Josh is off the floor. I think everything that’s normally there was there (for me).”

(On the bench’s contribution to the win) “For the past few games they’ve been playing really well. Tonight they just did what they’ve been doing for the past few games.”

(On not folding when the Hawks took the lead by four) “We just kept playing. I just think we did what we had to (in order to) come back and take control of the game. Teams are always going to make runs in this league. We took our hit and we came back.”

Hawks Head Coach Mike Budenholzer

(On the game) “The way we started tonight, we dug ourselves a hole. I guess at one point we were able to come back and take the lead. But I think the energy and effort that it took to dig ourselves out of the hole that was created in the first quarter really in a lot of ways, was the game. As a group, we need to have better focus to start a game. It wasn’t there and we all need to learn from it and we need to continue. We have a game tomorrow. We’re going to do our best to learn from it, prepare and move on.”

(On the starters’ shooting) “I think you always have to give the defense credit. Detroit’s activity and energy were good. So I think they deserve some credit. At times we had some good open looks that for us are high percentage. Guys that (normally) make shots. Tonight was one of those nights when they didn’t go in.”

(On the slow start tonight after Sunday’s quick start) “I think there was a lack of focus to start the game. Coming off a win, coming off a loss, at the end of the day it doesn’t really matter. We have to have more focus and be mentally tougher to start a game and throughout the game. You can never explain why.”

Hawks Forward Kyle Korver

(On the focus to start the game) “We didn’t come out with the intensity that we should have. We were hoping to build off of last game when we came out very focused and on fire with attention to detail. Tonight, especially on the defensive end, we weren’t very sharp. They had 35 (points) in the first quarter.”

(On the starters’ shooting) “You have to give them some credit for sure. I felt like the ball was just going in and out for me tonight. It’s tough to have one of those nights. They definitely play hard and they have a lot of size down low, and they change some shots too.”