Postgame Quotes - March 23, 2013

Pistons at Bobcats

Detroit: Lawrence Frank | Greg Monroe | Charlie Villanueva
Charlotte: Mike Dunleavy | Jannero Pargo | Gerald Henderson

Pistons Head Coach Lawrence Frank

(On tonight’s game) ”I thought in the first half we had some trouble taking care of the ball. We were not playing at the same speed that we played the night before. In the third quarter I think Jason Maxiell gave us a big lift. In the fourth quarter it was Charlie Villanueva and Rodney Stuckey. I was happy with the contribution that we got from different guys.”

(On Charlie Villanueva’s play in the fourth quarter) “Charlie Villanueva was our spark. The energy he gave us was huge and the bench was into the game as well. I love how they all surrounded him at the end of the game. They have a kinship. Now we just want to make sure we finish off the season in a competitive way.”

(On Brandon Knight’s return to the lineup) “Brandon’s return was great. I could see that he was excited in the beginning. His energy was good, along with his defense on Kemba Walker. I thought he was good and it was great to have him back.”

Pistons Center Greg Monroe

(On if he was looking for Charlie Villanueva after getting an offensive rebound with 17.9 seconds left) “He was the first one in my sight for sure, but I was just trying to make sure that I got it to somebody, into somebody’s hands. I didn’t want another turnover because we had just had a couple before that. He was the first one I saw and he was a pretty safe pass so I just made the pass.”

(On tonight’s win) “Guys stepped up tonight. In that third quarter Max (Jason Maxiell) had a big quarter. Obviously Charlie (Villanueva) played well, (Rodney) Stuckey began to get aggressive and get to the goal, (Brandon) Knight was playing well. He was playing very well on defense when he came back into the game. It was a lot of guys that stepped up. The team showed a lot of fight, especially coming off a back-to-back. These are always tough, so to get down and to show fight really shows a lot.”

(On his play tonight) “I didn’t want to get frustrated and try to force things, I just stuck with what they were giving me. I attacked when I felt like it was a good move. You’ve got to play smart no matter what. When shots are not falling, I’ve just got to continue to do what I do. I was finding guys and I always have to rebound, that’s something I can’t slack on in any game.”

Pistons Forward Charlie Villanueva

(On making the game-winning layup after scoring most of his points from three-point range) “I was just reading what the defense was giving me. They were overplaying me a lot and taking the three-pointer away, so I just drove it to the basket. I give all the credit to my teammates because they found me and I made the plays they needed me to down the stretch.”

(On tonight’s win) “It felt really good after being on a losing streak. We kind of got that monkey off our back and you could just see how excited everybody was to get that win and the way we did it.”

(On stepping up when the team needed it) “I just try to help this team win in any shape or form. My teammates found me and made the right plays. I was able to hit some big threes, and when they took that away, I drove the basketball.”

Bobcats Head Coach Mike Dunleavy

(On the final play) “(Kemba Walker) got the shot and (Josh) McRoberts got the rebound. We got two pulls for one. We kept it simple. That’s one of our crunch plays that we run in practice. We have three of them in our pocket so we know it, but unfortunately we didn’t get that one to go in.”

(On Bismack Biyombo’s defense against Greg Monroe) “Monroe has been hanging big numbers on everybody in the league. Bis accepted that challenge. You also have to give credit to our four spot because we helped out a lot on Monroe. He had some high assists but you have to pick your poison with the better players. Bis did a great job. He stayed with him the whole way and made good body contact. Another thing that’s hard to see, where Bis is improving is his free throws and his left hand hooks. You can tell he’s coming along. It might not be as fast as some people want, but you have to remind yourself he’s 20 and he’s going against the best fives in the world. He’s learning and his arrow is pointed in the right direction.”

(On Jannero Pargo) “Pargo’s got swagger, like I’ve said before. He plays tall. He gives us some bravado. A team like ours needs a little bite to us and I like that about him both offensively and defensively. He just plays the game the way it should be played, hard. ”

(On the team’s improvement) “There’s no questioning, the team is getting better. We’re playing sturdy at a time of year where most teams let go of the rope. We’re in a good place. We wanted to win the game but I’m really proud of where we’re at. We’re playing as a unit and we look like a team.”

Bobcats Guard Jannero Pargo

(On the final minute of the game) “We just needed one more stop. It was only one possession when they got the rebound back. It was a great defensive possession for us, but the ball came off funny and they were able to get the offensive rebound. It was a hard fought game. We gave ourselves a chance to win.”

(On his shooting in the third quarter) “I was able to create a little bit of space and get my shot off. It’s something I’ve been working on. I’m getting in better shape and getting my legs underneath me. I’m able to make those types of shots. A lot of credit to my teammates, they do a great job of looking for me and setting picks trying to get me open.”

(On the final play) “We had a pick-and-roll for Kemba (Walker). He’s our guy. He’s a great player. He’s big in the clutch. We just played off of him. Penetrate and get in the lane, which he did. He got a decent shot off. We had a chance for an offensive rebound, which we want. We gave ourselves a chance, you can’t ask for much more than that.”

Bobcats Guard Gerald Henderson

(On the end of the game) “We just couldn’t come up with the defensive stops. We played some good D for a while there in the fourth quarter, but we couldn’t come up with the stops late. And then I don’t think we scored that many points in the fourth quarter. I think we scored 15 points in the fourth quarter which will never help you win.”

(On Charlie Villanueva) “He’s tough because he can really shoot the three. It’s crazy to think you can lose track of him, but when you’re coming back on transition, you may be four on five or whatever and he just finds his way to the three point line. In the half court set, at least tonight, he found ways to score the ball at the basket. He’s a good player.