Postgame Quotes - March 1, 2013

Pistons at Hornets

Detroit: Lawrence Frank | Rodney Stuckey | Greg Monroe
New Orleans: Monty Williams | Ryan Anderson | Greivis Vasquez

Pistons Coach Lawrence Frank

(On the difference in the game): “It came down to rebounding and free throws. If you look at it, we out shot them and we hit the same amount of three’s. We were minus-thirteen on free throws made, and making plays right there at the end; a free throw line block out, making a free throw. They scored 56 points in the paint and 35 from a pick and roll. In the second quarter (Eric) Gordon got it going, and in the second half (Greivis) Vasquez and (Ryan) Anderson got it going. We put ourselves in that deficit because of their ability to penetrate our paint and break us down off of the dribble and get second shots. We fought back, but a play here or a play there short and we lost the game.”

(On the last possession of the game): “We wanted to go directly into Greg (Monroe). We weren’t clean on the play. We were trying to get a quick two, but we didn’t execute like we wanted to, and that was disappointing.”

(On the importance of Greivis Vasquez to the Hornets): “I think he’s been great. He had another double-double tonight. He’s among the league leaders in that area. He’s one of the most improved players in the league. He’s got great court vision plus he shoots it well enough where you have to respect his shot. He has good size, and plays with a lot of confidence and flare. He has a lot of toughness and is a very good player. ”

Pistons Guard Rodney Stuckey

(On the difference in the game down the stretch): “They made shots, that’s pretty much it. We’ve got to do a better job defensively getting stops.”

(On containing the Hornets’ penetration into the lane): “They did a good job picking and rolling getting into the lane and scoring baskets like that. Eric Gordon got off to a good start. We just have to do a better job containing them and keeping them out of the paint.”

Pistons Center Greg Monroe

(On the difference in the game): “We couldn’t contain their penetration, so that’s one thing we have to do better. We gave up some second shots and they got a few more loose balls. It was a tough game, and both teams played really hard. A couple more plays could have won the game for us. They had more plays.”

(On keeping the Hornets off the offensive glass): “They did a good job fighting for the ball. We’re capable of keeping them off the glass, but they just kept working harder than us; that’s all.”

(On Ryan Anderson): “He was outworking us. He got a lot of offensive rebounds, and he’s always a great shooter. He played with energy, and those second shots he got might have been the difference in the game.”

Hornets Head Coach Monty Williams

(On winning the game tonight): “We had to grind tonight, we had to mix it up tonight. I thought our guys came out in the third quarter and did what they had to do; they played with a since of urgency and that was big for us. Down the stretch when we were unable to match up with Monroe, we made it tough for him. I think we wore him down tonight. He’s a tough cover, and then (Al-Farouq Aminu) came down with 14 rebounds. There was a number of things that helped us win the game.”

(On Defending the last play): “I was really pleased the way we defended the last play. We work on that in practice and it was nice to see us execute properly. We forced (Rodney) Stuckey into a fast shot and Chief (Aminu) just glided into the rebound. I was just proud of our guys and the way they played down the stretch. We just didn’t want to foul a guy going to the basket and give them a 3 point play like we did earlier.”

Hornets Forward Ryan Anderson

(On team’s performance after the first quarter): “We controlled the pace of the game; we played great defense. That’s huge for this team because we’re a running team and we get open shots when we play great defense. Tonight we just stuck to the game plan. We did a great job crashing the boards. That’s something we wanted to have a big mentality in doing. We did that tonight.”

(On double-double and duplicating season high rebounding performance): “I mean obviously we’ve got Jason [Smith] and Anthony [Davis] [sitting out]; we need to really get to the boards a little bit more. So that’s something that I came out tonight and knew I needed to do a little bit more of. It’s tough because they’re a big team and we had to be active and we did a great job of that tonight.”

(On the team’s performance on defense): “I think we controlled the tempo. We controlled the boards. For us, it’s really keeping our man in front of us and making sure they don’t get to the paint.”

Hornets Guard Greivis Vasquez

(On the importance of playing with energy): “As a leader I got to make sure we are ready to be playing and our energy has to be up. When our energy is not there it’s tough for us to win. I’m not the quickest or most talented point guard, so I play with a lot of energy. I didn’t against (Oklahoma City) and was upset with myself, so I came out here tonight and played with a lot of energy. I thought Austin [Rivers] played well too. [Al-Farouq] Aminu gave us a lot of rebounds. He rebounded the heck out of the ball.”

(On the progress on defense and its importance): “This is a big time defensive team and we’ll prove that in time. We haven’t been consistent, that shows you how young we are. Guys are getting used to the system. This is the first year for myself playing this many minutes and getting used to the system too. It’s not an excuse, but I think we’ll get that part down defensively and show a lot of progress defensively. We’ve got better athletes this year. It’s just a process, so as a leader that’s one thing I really want to get better at and want to lead my team to make better decisions defensively. Our biggest offense is our defense.”