Postgame Quotes - January 10, 2017

PISTONS HEAD COACH STAN VAN GUNDY:

ON PLAYING GOOD DEFENSE IN THE FIRST QUARTER AND MIDDLE OF THE THIRD QUARTER:

“I thought their forwards really started to dominate us on the board. So we got out-rebounded by 11 and in that stretch (Anthony) Tolliver, (Omri) Casspi, (Rudy) Gay – they were all over the glass on us. We did not do a good job. Clearly, we just did not close again on 3-point shots. It was a little bit like the Charlotte game. We get the lead and okay it is only one three, I do not need to close on that one – then all of a sudden they are rolling and it is tough to stop. Therefore, I thought we really let up when we got the lead instead of closing it out. We clearly did not learn anything from the Charlotte game. The big things were there was a 13 difference from the free-throw line – they took and made 13 more free throws. They out-rebounded us by 11. We gave them 13 threes and then our ball movement was just ridiculous in the second half. We would not pass. In the second half, they had 13 assists on 18 buckets and we had four assists on 16 buckets. We were playing everything one-on-one; we would not pass the ball. That is why we ended up where we are and we’ve got to learn from it.”

ON BLOWING THEIR 18-POINT LEAD:

“We just didn’t want to do it. It is disappointing. I could not find anything to get us out of it. I wanted to play against the blitz, but we would not get the ball out of our hands, move the ball, and play against it. Therefore, rather than attack four on three everybody just wanted to hold it and go one-on-one. They were able to stop us one-on-one. We could not even draw a second defender and when we did go to the basket instead of making plays, we took ridiculously tough shots, and couldn’t get to the free-throw line like they could on their drives.”

ON ANDRE DRUMMOND DOING WHAT HE WAS SUPPOSED TO DO IN THE GAME:

“He was good, except we couldn’t get out on (DeMarcus) Cousins, he and Aron (Baynes). However, other than that he was great. He was protecting the basket. However, he would come and nobody would block out. Disappointing. Those guys wanted to come and help, but they didn’t do their jobs. We’ve got to look at that.”

PISTONS CENTER ANDRE DRUMMOND:

 

ON HIS DEFENSIVE EFFORT AND A CAREER HIGH SEVEN BLOCKS

 

“We lost. It doesn’t matter about the seven blocks or the hard play. We didn’t come out with a win so it doesn’t really as good.”

 

ON WHAT HAPPENED IN THE LAST FIVE MINUTES OR SO OF THE GAME

 

“They turned the energy up – they turned the energy up and we couldn’t match that. And they made some tough shots, contested 3’s, and not much we can really do about that. We could’ve capitalized on offense when we came the other way. We took some tough shots. Defensively, they got up into us and we turned the ball over.”

 

 

ON IF HE FEELS HE LET DOWN BY GIVING UP OFFENSIVE REBOUNDS ALTHOUGH HE DID HIS JOB ON THE DEFENSIVE END

“Yeah, I had my mind set on trying to just take everything away from the paint because that’s what they were good at. It’s scoring in the paint so any time they came in there I knew they weren’t trying to pass it, they were trying to score. I tried to contest everything and blocks shots, but in return they got a lot of offensive rebounds and some of the baskets they made. Effort was there, but we have to figure out a way to people off the glass when I do make those efforts to block shots.”

ON IF TONIGHT’S GAME FEELS LIKE THEY GAVE IT AWAY

“I wouldn’t say gave away, we lost the game. It wasn’t a giveaway. We didn’t come out with any energy in that last timeout. We allowed them to come out, shoot a wide open 3 after the timeout. Garrett Temple came out and just took two steps in and shot a 3. That’s what really got them going. After that, DeMarcus [Cousins] shot a contested 3  and made that too, so once you’re rolling like that, it doesn’t matter if there’s a hand in your face or not. You still have to make shots or take a really good shot. The end result was a loss so I can try to break the game down as much as possible – we still lost the game at the end of the day.”

PISTONS FORWARD TOBIAS HARRIS

ON DEFENSE SPARKING THE OFFENSE IN THE THIRD QUARTER

We had a little cushion there and we just didn’t really play up to how we need to play to seal out the game. They went on a run. I mean, the game [of basketball] is a game of runs, but we never really responded to their run. We just tried to respond to it by trying to do it on the offensive end instead of the defensive end and that kind of backfired for us.”

ON WHAT HAPPENED WHEN THEY GOT THE 18-POINT LEAD

“We got it, we were feeling good. They came out, they kept pressuring. They had a lot of energy and just kept playing hard and we kind of relaxed on them. It’s something to learn from, but at the same time it’s disappointing because we should be walking out of here with a victory. I thought we played, up until that point when we had the 18-point lead, we were playing some really good basketball on both sides of the floor – offensively and defensively. And then we just weren’t able to close it out.”

ON IF THE TEAM’S DEFENSE LEFT ANDRE DRUMMOND’S DEFENSIVE EFFORT HANGING

“Our rotations were definitely off at a lot of times. They were able to get some drive-by’s, get some drop-offs, find some easy layups and baskets that we could have taken away. That fourth quarter defensive effort wasn’t what we needed to win the game and when teams make a run like that, that’s where we have to take a stand on the defensive end.”

 

KINGS HEAD COACH DAVE JOERGER:

“It’s a good win for us – proud of our guys. It looked like there were times where they certainly could have really run us out of the gym. We didn’t put our heads down and we didn’t quit. That’s the biggest thing, we stuck in there, went through a lot of different groups, different lineups together – found a rhythm there with the group. I thought Kosta (Koufos) was fantastic. They came in and gave us, especially in the second half, first half those guys didn’t get a lot of run and they were put in kind of a bad situation. Omri (Casspi) comes in and gets 10 rebounds, I think that’s fantastic. I thought Ty (Lawson) was just tremendous, especially in the second half. Rudy (Gay) had one of those nights where he seemed that he couldn’t hold on to the ball too much. We turned the ball over too much. They hit five of their six 3’s and after that they made seven-for-21. I thought we did a better job closing out and getting after people and putting some defensive pressure. Once we got stops it was easier for us to attack and score in a good finish to a game. We’ve got things to learn and we can be better, but we’re excited about the win.”

ON THE STRUGGLES IN THE FIRST TWO AND A HALF QUARTERS:

“It just seemed like one of those nights. The fumbles, the passing, the catching – it’s just very fundamental. It was just about jumping in and we needed more energy. I thought we got that from a couple guys – like I said, Ty, Kosta and we played big. We were very effective playing big. They went big immediately to match. Kosta gets a couple drop offs and knocks in two free-throws. I thought he had a heck of a game off the bench.”

ON THE STARTING LINEUP:

“It’s a good group. It hurts our second unit playing this way. I was proud of Anthony (Tolliver). Anytime you play against your former team, he struggled shooting the basketball, but the moral of the story is he kept coming and kept playing hard and got two big ones to go down for us in the fourth quarter which we needed.”

ON TURNOVERS:

“They were just fundamental, I can’t believe I just did that, turnovers. I think we had three turnovers in the first half in the back court, which is very uncharacteristic. We just try to re-focus in and this is the time of the year where there’s agitations and fatigue factors, those kinds of things come into play. I give Detroit credit. They were aggressive and physical and did a good job. Once we started taking care of the ball we got in more of attack mode, we were much better defensively. Giving up 38 points in the second half makes your offense a lot easier.” 

KINGS CENTER KOSTA KOUFOS:

ON STEPPING IT UP IN THE SECOND HALF

“I think everybody did a great job in the second half. We were playing a little bit lackadaisical (in the) first half defensively, but everybody did their job, did their part in the second half, and that’s what got us going is the defensive end.”

ON THE ENERGY OF THE GROUP GOING FROM THE THIRD INTO THE FOURTH QUARTER

“We just still had to play within ourselves; we knew that there was a lot of basketball left. Everybody that came off the bench played very well tonight. Omri Casspi did a heck of a job rebounding the ball and everybody else did their part tonight. That’s just one of those things that we’ve got to keep on going moving forward and try to improve every game. We know what’s at stake but at the same time we can’t get too ahead of ourselves with the postseason.”

ON THE MESSAGE AT HALFTIME CONSIDERING THE SLOW START

“We understood that we had a slow start and it was obvious, everybody could see what we needed to do. For us, we knew that we had to establish ourselves early on defensively – that’s the biggest key for us is our defense.”

ON HOW HARD IT IS TO OVERCOME TURNOVERS IN A GAME LIKE THIS

“Basketball is a game about swings. For us, we knew we were going to make some mistakes but that’s (what it’s) all about – basketball is learning from those mistakes and improving. I feel like we tightened up our offense as far as the end of the third quarter and beginning of the fourth quarter and that’s what got us going (and) a little momentum.”