Postgame Quotes - March 15, 2014
Pistons vs. PacersDetroit: John Loyer | Josh Smith
Indiana: Frank Vogel | David West | Paul George
Pistons Head Coach John Loyer
(On the bench): “Once Andre (Drummond) went down, somebody had to step up. I thought Jonas (Jerebko) gave very good minutes at the four when he came in and played that position. Charlie (Villanueva) came in and more than held his own in the post and was able to spread the floor a little bit. That’s what guys do when somebody’s down; they step up. We had some very good play off the bench tonight.”
(On the final play in regulation and overtime): “I thought we had a good stand at the end. They put it in their best player’s hands. I thought we did a pretty good job contesting the shot and (Paul George) missed it. So it was an even ball game. You go out and you try to score the first bucket in the overtime. They came out and kind of hit us first, made a couple shots. We probably didn’t get it to the rim enough. We probably took too many perimeter shots to start the overtime. That’s the way the game went.”
Pistons Forward Josh Smith
(On Pacers’ play and losing): “Give credit to them, they didn’t stop fighting. That’s a great team over there; the number one team in the East. We competed tonight, but it is a little frustrating that we fell short knowing how well we played in that first half.”
(On the playoff race): “We dug a hole early, and now each and every game is like a playoff game. It’s so important, each possession is so important. It is a little frustrating that as talented as we are, we dug a hole this deep. We have to try to do our job every night, doing whatever we can to win games.”
(On second half): "I think we just understood what we were doing. We needed a little reminder of what we are playing for here."
(On battling back): "The thing that impressed me the most is that everybody that stepped foot on the court contributed big time. (Rasual) Butler hit a big three. (Andrew) Bynum was huge on the glass and finishing. (Luis) Scola was 1-for-6, but his one bucket is the one that tied the game up. I thought Evan Turner was probably our best player tonight. Maybe he and Paul George rallied to get us back in the game."
Pacers Forward David West
(On bench play): "When it became a close game in the fourth, our bench did an unbelievable job and guys came in and just played. They took the fight to them, made all of the plays and got us back in the game. We were able to make enough plays as a group down the stretch in the fourth quarter and into overtime to win."
(On overtime): "In the overtime we just tried to get good quality looks. We didn't want to turn the ball over and we just wanted to make sure we got quality looks at the rim."
(On Andrew Bynum and Evan Turner): "We know that they're going to contribute and that's why they're here. There are going to be games like this where they're going to have to come in and carry the load, and I thought they did a great job of making play after play for us."
Pacers Guard Paul George
(On game): "We knew this was going to be a long game. We knew we had a chance to come back and we just had to take small steps. We had to chip away and get this win."
(On back-to-back wins): "This game especially can create some momentum for us. This was a back-to-back win on an opponent's floor and against a team that beat us on our floor, so we had a lot of motivation coming into this game tonight and we're happy we just got a win."