Postgame Quotes - February 23, 2013
Indiana: Frank Vogel | Paul George | David West
Pistons Coach Lawrence Frank
(On first quarter and game): “I thought we were good defensively as well. We held them to 16 points. This is a very good lesson for us in terms of what playoff basketball is like. It’s a grind. We shot 6% in the first quarter and we’re down seven. Normally, you shoot 6% and you’re down 20. I think early on we got some pretty good looks, took a bunch of jump shots, but had some pretty good looks. We missed some shots around the rim and we got a little bit frustrated and then we started taking some off-balance shots. We had some looks we just didn’t make and it’s one of those things where Rodney (Stuckey) hit the jumper off the stagger and those were our first points. You start to play too hurried at times, but sometimes we had shots we didn’t make and you start to press a little bit. The second quarter we made a good run. Will (Bynum) was very good, Slava (Viacheslav Kravtsov) was very good with his screening and we were able to get stops. Then we ended the second quarter poorly. Four of those six possessions, turnovers, then shot, lose a cutter in George Hill. Third quarter, we had some looks early at the rim and their second chance points. Especially (Ian) Mahinmi and (Tyler) Hansbrough throughout the game, those guys combined for 10 offensive rebounds and 19 second-chance points, some key ventures…At the end of the day they were able to sustain their defense for a full 48 minutes, it’s a credit to them. They were able to make some key shots and for us we had some dips in our defense, especially in the second half, and our inability to make some open shots. Sometimes it’s a domino effect. You start missing open shots, start pressing a little bit. They are obviously are ahead of us for a reason. We just need to learn from it and grow and get better.”
Pistons Guard Will Bynum
(On the Pacers talent): “They are big, long and athletic. They communicate and they are all on the same page. They make everything tough on you. They are definitely a tough team.”
(On frustration level): “When you’re behind, it’s that kind of ball game. You have to play perfect to get back into the game, especially against a team like the Pacers. It’s going to be tough if you make any mistakes.”
(On struggle two nights in a row): “They just had our number from start to finish. There is no other way to look at it than that.”
Pacers Head Coach Frank Vogel
(On game): “Another step to get back to .500 on the road. Our defense carried us throughout most the game. We held these guys to 33% shooting. We struggled to make shots, but our passing was still great, but we still ended up with 45 percent (shooting) which is pretty good.”
(On Danny Granger): “Rusty, but it is to be expected. Certainly he is playing a lot better than the practices the last few weeks, but that is what we expected the first game back with the first taste of it. That is why were are not throwing him back in for 40 minutes a game and it is going to take time.”
(On first quarter): “Defense has been solid all year and to go out on that 10-0 run to start. Our starting unit really defends as well as any I have ever been around. They have been doing this all year, leading in a number of defensive categories and a big reason for our success.”
Pacers Forward Paul George
(On first quarter defense): "That's our identity. We're a team that takes pride in our defense. When we're playing we try to set minor goals for ourselves, and at that point it was to see if we could hold them to under 10 (points in the quarter).
(On back-to-back): "We knew it was going to be a different game. They were going to play up to the physicality. Anytime you play a team back-to-back, let alone this being our fourth time playing them, they're going to be dialed in to what we do. So they really came out and made it a game early on."
(On Danny Granger): "In the first half we were getting Danny (Granger) back in the loop. Everybody really wanted Danny to start getting his groove back. So it was a little change, but once the second half came around, we knew that we had to finish the ballgame out."
Pacers Forward David West
(On back-to-back): "We knew that they would have a little different energy. They tried to guard us a few different ways; it actually worked, we struggled on offense for the most part, but our defense was solid. We just stayed aggressive and we stuck to our principles, and we were able to give ourselves that momentum defensively for the duration of the game."
(On third quarter): "We felt like we had a window to get the game back under control. And again, obviously we rely on our defense to get stops. We were able to have a three or four minute stretch where we were making baskets and making plays on the offensive end."