Postgame Quotes - December 22, 2012

Pistons at Wizards

Detroit: Lawrence Frank | Greg Monroe | Rodney Stuckey
Washington: Randy Wittman | Jordan Crawford | Martell Webster

Pistons Coach Lawrence Frank

(On the game): “I think we had a good first half. They missed some shots in the paint in the first half, but by and large I think we played 16 or 17 minutes of quality defense in the first half. Third quarter, their pressure and the intensity level they played at disrupted us. They put together a little 2-2-1 three quarter court press and it made us off balance. Our turnovers led to their transition points. I think they had 17 fast break points in the third quarter alone. Then once we kind of got settled, got some different people in some different positions, we were able to make plays and make some shots.”

(On the bench): “We had a lot of big plays. I thought our bench was huge. Rodney (Stuckey), Charlie (Villanueva), Will (Bynum) I thought all made some really big plays. We couldn’t have won the game without them.”

(On Rodney Stuckey): “I thought he was great. Rodney you know, attack mode did a great job. One of the biggest plays was getting on the floor for that loose ball. Possession of that ball was a huge, huge play. He sacrificed his body a bunch of different times tonight and thought he obviously was vital to our win.”

Pistons Center Greg Monroe

(On the Wizards’ third quarter run): “In the third quarter they did make a run. They kind of caught us a bit off guard with the press, but we withstood the run and kept it at a distance the rest of the game.”

(On Pistons’ bench stepping up): “Our guys that came in did a good job of coming in and doing what they do, picking up where other guys left off. They made some big plays for us down the stretch for sure.”

(On attending the Georgetown game): “It was a lot of fun, got a good reception from the Georgetown family. It was good being back in that gym and watching those young guys play. Just being around people that were around you at a very important time in your life, a lot of people that I’ve grown to love, I’ve grown to know, so it was fun.” Pistons Guard Rodney Stuckey

(On Charlie Villanueva): “Me and Charlie Villanueva have been here for about three or four years now. We have played a lot in the past so I know what he can do. It’s pretty much easy when he sets a pick and his defender helps off, he’s open for a shot. It’s all about watching what his defender is doing. He just opens up a lot of things for me. They are worried about him popping but at the same time they are worried about me turning the corner so it helps me out tremendously.”

(On running the offense): “I’m just picking and choosing. I know the route; they are focusing on me as well. But I’m also watching how the other three guys are defending me. So if they are pulling in I know I have to skip pass them in the corner or skip pass to Charlie (Villanueva) or Greg Monroe so it’s all about reads."

Wizards Head Coach Randy Wittman

(On the game): “You can’t start a game shooting 16 or 17 percent. I think we were 1-for-15 to start the game. Last night, we were 1-for-11. We were just getting buried. We got hurt in second-chance points tonight. They beat us up on the boards. We got spread out a little bit, chasing, and trapping which all got us back in the game. We’d get to that point to make a big play to make a shot that might just put us over the edge, but just isn’t going our way right now.”

(On the differences from tonight’s game opposed to last night’s): “Tonight was better. We did a much better job. It might seem similar because of the score, but our passing was much better. We just didn’t convert. This was just a different game than last night. The outcome was the same, obviously. That’s the bottom line and I know that. I’ve got to continue to mix players. I like what I saw from this group. I thought Emeka (Okafor) played one of his better games from start to finish. We’ll keep plugging along.”

(On the new starting lineup and the rotation): “We’re still limited on minutes. I wanted to try and put him (Nene) in the lineup; get him in there to start the game, maybe help these guys on starts. Bradley (Beal) was ready to play so we stuck him back in the lineup also. You hope we get healthy, number one. It was the first time this unit has played together to start a game. Those 15 shots (to start the game off), I would take probably 11 or 12 of them every time. It’s just a matter of not going 1-for-15 on good looking shots. I don’t know how else to put it. Last night, it wasn’t that way. Last night, we didn’t move the ball. You shake your head at some of the misses, but you can’t fault their efforts.”

Wizards Guard Jordan Crawford

(On shooting 1-15 as a team to start the game): “We’ve got to get in the gym. Everybody individually has to work on their game and just keep shooting.”

(On the slow start): “You have to come out and play hard. Our problem is getting off to slow starts and just digging us in holes. And we’ve been doing it consistently for a couple weeks now. So we’ve got to work on that.”

(On the coaching): “We’re responding to them well. Right now, we’re in a funk we’ve got to get ourselves out of it. Everybody’s kind of second guessing ourselves. We’ve got to get in the gym and work.”

(On the many injured players): “It’s no excuse. We have players that are very capable. Everybody in this locker room can play. It’s not an excuse.”

(On Randy Wittman): “He’s doing a great job. Him and the coaching staff. They come in everyday and they’ve got new ideas and they give them to us. They’re not giving up, we’re not giving up. I think these couple days are going to be good for us. Everybody come in fresh ready to play.”

(On what the team is playing for now): “There’s a lot of the season left, we’ve got to realize there’s a lot of the season left, a lot of opportunities for guys. We’ve just got to continue to play. Everything will work out for itself.”

Wizards Forward Martell Webster

(On team performance): “It’s mind over matter. Guys are tired. Any team in 24 hours is kind of tough to get your mind into it. We gave ourselves a fighting chance, but like I said before you can’t stress enough the opening five minutes, we’ve really got to set the tone.”

(On the team): “We’ve got some work to do. I don’t have any doubt in my team at all. I really love this team, I really do. I love the guys that we have. I love the coaching staff. I love the atmosphere. We don’t have the wins to show for it. We work hard and we don’t have the wins to show for it, plain and simple. And it’s one of those things where it’s easy to be like, ‘This is it. I’m just gonna give in.’ But we can’t. We don’t know how to, that’s not in our DNA. For us to keep going out here and continue to fight it shows you something. Regardless of that, we still have to come out and set the tone in the first five minutes of the game, which we have not been doing.”

(On these next couple of days off): “Even if our record was flipped, it’d still be nice just to get away for a little bit, spend some time with the family. And that’s good. He gave us a couple of days. Like I said, it’d feel a lot better if we were walking away today with a win. But we’ve got to come back in Christmas day and start all over again.”

(On execution in the first five minutes): “It had nothing to do with execution. It had to do with us making shots, plain and simple. We have to make those shots. When our guards come off those pick and rolls and then we got the throw back to the big in the middle of the court, we have to make those shots.”

(On team confidence): “It doesn’t hurt our confidence because the same guys continue to take the shots. You would know if it hurt our confidence if our guys were passing up those jump shots. It hasn’t hurt our confidence. We just really want to win really bad, plain and simple. There’s nothing wrong with our confidence, we just got to knock down shots.”

(On staying positive): “It’s easy for everybody to have faith when everything’s going your way, when adversity shows that’s when you have to have faith. That’s what faith is. And I’ll continue to have that, that will never run out. Especially with this team, ever.”

(On why he believes in this team): “We’re young and scrappy. We enjoy each other. That’s what it is. That’s hard to come by especially when you’re losing. And we still have it. That’s why I love this team.”