Postgame Quotes - March 3, 2013

Pistons at Spurs

Detroit: Lawrence Frank | Will Bynum | Charlie Villanueva
San Antonio Spurs: Gregg Popovich | Tim Duncan | Kawhi Leonard

Pistons Coach Lawrence Frank

(On the Spurs taking off after the first quarter…) “You know what’s coming, but we couldn’t stop it. We could’ve done a whole lot more to put more into the game to give ourselves a chance, but we didn’t and that’s credit to the champs. That’s what it looks like. That’s the blueprint. That’s what it looks like.”

(On putting more effort into tonight’s game…) “Look, they’re the best team in the league. We know that. They got a lot of easy baskets. To get 54 points in terms of what we call system points, that’s a season high. These are things you prepare for and try to take away. You’re not going to gain all of them. They have good enough players as it is, but given the amount of easy baskets we gave. Our inability initially to finish at the rim and the frustrations (were a problem). We’re trying to attack them on the first side against a high-level team, so we’re not getting very good shots. I’m very disappointed, especially since three weeks ago we showed what we were capable of doing. To then come back and finish like this is disappointing.”

(On tonight’s team effort…) “We don’t have the margin for error when you’re playing the best team (in the league). We’re definitely capable of doing better, and we’ve shown it. We’ve got to be locked-in on one thing, and that’s got to be about the team. It’s got to be the team first. That’s why San Antonio is such a great model. They play agenda-free. The effort is there on both ends. That’s why when you get your butt kicked like this, everyone across the board has got to be better because it’s embarrassing.”

Pistons Guard Will Bynum

(On Manu Ginobili’s impact in the lineup…) “(Manu) Ginobili is a great player. That goes without saying. They just beat us badly tonight.”

(On the difference between tonight’s game and the one three weeks ago…) “Three weeks ago doesn’t matter today. It’s a whole different ballgame, a different story. Today they were the better team.”

(On whether he was surprised by the end result…) “It’s not surprising. I mean, San Antonio is a great team. They were the better team tonight.”

Pistons Forward Charlie Villanueva

(On what disappoints him the most…) “The effort. We didn’t really come to play today. This is the best team in the league, and especially the fact that we beat them the way we did back in Michigan. We knew they were going to come ready to play and they’re the best team for a reason. We didn’t come ready to play.”

(On the team’s effort…) “We couldn’t get the stops that we needed. It seemed like we were just frustrated and didn’t play together as a team.”

(On the team’s energy level at the end of a road trip…) “It’s always hard to play the last game before going back home on a road trip. That’s no excuse. We should have been ready to play but we weren’t. It’s as simple as that.”

Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich

(How do you think Cory Joseph did at the start tonight…) “I thought he did a fine job. He played a good floor game. I like his defense. I like his aggressive attitude, as far as loose balls and sticking his nose in. He’s a really committed, physical player and runs the show well. He got us into our offense and looked pretty confident. He’s improved a lot in the couple of years he’s played down in the D-League in Austin. He’s gotten his opportunity and he seems to be taking advantage of it.”

(Is there any area in particular you would say he’s (Cory) improved the most…) “Everywhere. He’s always been a pretty good defender, but his knowledge and savvy on pick-and-roll, his shot, which Chip (Engelland) has done good work with, have all improved.”

(Talk about the ball movement…) “Well, that’s who we have to be if we want to go to the playoffs and advance. We’re not a one-on-one team, it’s just not who we are. We don’t have that type of player. We’ve got good team and ball movement and when we do that well we’re at our best. When we don’t do that, we struggle.”

(Talk about Tim Duncan starting to get his rhythm back…) “Yeah, this is the first night he has looked like Tim Duncan to me in the last two-to-three weeks. His timing defensively was good and his blocked shots were there. He had more spring and more balance out on the court. He looks good.”

(Talk about the defensive effort as a whole…) “Well, on certain nights teams may look poor, but a lot of it has to do with schedule and travel and injuries and those sorts of things. Tonight, I thought that we played defense the way we have played it most of the season. We had good focus. I thought we lost our focus for a while for about a week-and-a-half when Timmy and Manu were out and coming back into the flow. We’ve looked better in that regard the last couple of games.”

Spurs Forward Tim Duncan

(When asked how the team looked without Tony Parker…) “We started a little slow. We’re figuring out how to operate without him. It was a great win all around tonight. We’re just figuring out how to play without him. The lineups, who and when to attack, how to run plays, all that stuff. It was a good start.”

(When asked about his six assists tonight…) “We moved the ball really well. We have to with the lack of Tony’s (Parker) penetration, the way he does almost every play. We’re going to move the ball and use a lot of pick-and-rolls. We’re going to use a lot of body movement. Hopefully we can take advantage of that and make some shots and make some passes that makes easy baskets for us because we’re going to need it.”

(When asked if this was the first time you have really felt like Tim Duncan since you’ve come back…) “I still don’t. Health wise I felt great tonight, moving around felt great. Offensively I’m still not there. It’s coming. I’m just happy to be out on the court.”

(When asked about the play of Manu Ginobili tonight…) “He (Manu Ginobili) came out hot. He knocked down a bunch of shots early. He was a big boost for us.”

Spurs Forward Kawhi Leonard

(When asked about playing without Tony Parker…) “It’s going to be hard without Tony (Parker) to win these games. Everybody is coming out aggressive, passing it to the open man and trying to make shots.”

(When asked what he thought of Cory Joseph’s play tonight…) “I think he played real solid tonight. He came out aggressive on defense. He passed the ball and made some good decisions on the offensive end.”