Postgame Quotes - February 20, 2013

Pistons at Bobcats

Detroit: Lawrence Frank | Greg Monroe | Jose Calderon
Memphis: Mike Dunlap | Ramon Sessions

Pistons Coach Lawrence Frank

(On tonight’s game) ”In the first half we got off to a good start, but finishing the quarter wasn’t very good. In the second quarter, defensively, they touched our paint 30 times in the first half, which was a problem. In the third quarter I thought our intent was much better. To hold them to 34 points in the paint after giving up 62 the night before and giving them 56 back in Detroit, showing our execution down the stretch, our patience and poise, and playing through a little adversity, our guys stayed with it. It was a very gritty team win.”

(On Greg Monroe’s play tonight) “I thought Greg did a very good job. We were playing through him. They went with (Byron) Mullens trying to get more shooting, I thought he had a good attack there. Then they tried to go offense for defense and he had a really good face-up move against (Bismack) Biyombo. Then they put Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on him. Kidd-Gilchrist had a very good stop on one of them, but he did a good job. I thought Greg really played a very good offensive game. He made some great passes moving the ball and was very solid.”

Pistons Center Greg Monroe

(On scoring 10 of the team’s final 15 points) “I knew I had to be aggressive coming down the stretch. They had been doubling me most of the night, so I knew I had to make plays for my teammates out of the double-team. (Coach Lawrence Frank) was drawing up plays for me in the post and I was just going to try to make the right decision like I had been doing for most of the night. At that point in the game I was able to get to the rim.”

(On his mindset down the stretch) “Just be aggressive. They were doubling me, so it was more or less seeing where the help was coming from, and if I had a chance to go one-on-one, just be aggressive and make a strong move.”

(On his recent play) “I just think that I’m getting into a rhythm. As a team, we’ve been playing off each other a whole lot and the assists have been going up. It’s a mixture of a whole bunch of things. I’ve just been trying to come out and play with a lot of energy and do the things that the team needs me to do. (If I do that), I’ll be successful.”

Pistons Guard Jose Calderon

(On tonight’s win) “Everybody stepped up, everybody contributed and (Greg Monroe) had a great game. At the end I think we just played a little bit better than them. We were smart, we got stops, we made them foul us, we played really good with our timeouts and we hit those free throws at the end. It was a great team effort. Everybody was really good tonight.”

(On the play of Greg Monroe) “We felt like none of them could stop him during the game. They were small, so we knew if they started helping that we were going to be able to knock down some wide-open shots. He was great.”

(On his confidence shooting free throws down the stretch) “I missed one tonight. It slipped from my hand, but I had the opportunity to hit two more at the end. But no problem (shooting free throws under pressure). I’m always there to get the ball. Some days I’m going to make every one, but at the end of the day it’s about confidence in myself.”

Bobcats Head Coach Mike Dunlap

(On tonight’s game) “The difference was points in the paint. We lost the third quarter by minus one and the fourth by minus five. It came down to a couple of pivotal plays. They made them and we didn’t.”

(On the team’s defense) “We struggled defensively and so did they. We’re not normally a zone team. We did that because we were making some mistakes in the pick-and-roll game. But the good news was that even through all of that we had a plus one at halftime, so there were a lot of things to sell at halftime. It certainly came down to a couple of plays for both teams.”

(On Michael Kidd-Gilchrist) “He played well in spurts. He was consistent and better at positioning. Defensively he did some really good things that probably aren’t glamorous to talk about, but from my eyes I thought he did some good things that were very advantageous from a defensive standpoint. The other thing that Mike has to remember is the rebound game is something he does very well, so while he goes through some tough times offensively, if he can get us those seven to nine boards that are typical, that will get him through.”

Bobcats Guard Ramon Sessions

(On tonight’s game) “That’s the niche of the NBA. We got a good win last night, but it’s a new game and a new team. We came out and played hard, but it’s one of those things that we just have to finish games a little better than we did tonight.”

(On the Pistons) “They were running their offense real well. That pick-and-roll was giving us a little trouble in the beginning of the game. We adjusted to it. In the second half, they went more to the post-up. It’s one of those things where we have to boil down for 48 minutes and just play solid on both ends.”

(On Greg Monroe) “He’s a big challenge, but for the most part, our guys did a great job. He just had a stretch where (Byron Mullens) got in foul trouble so he can only do so much, and (Bismack Biyombo) was coming in and out of the game, so it was one of those things where he had the momentum going. It’s tough to stop a player like him when he has his momentum like he did.”

(On shooting more three-pointers) “It’s just the shots that are coming in the offense. My game is driving, but when those shots are available, I have to shoot them to make the defense be honest. Guys are finding me in the right spot and I’m just shooting the ball.”