Postgame Quotes - November 30, 2012

Pistons at Grizzlies

Detroit: Lawrence Frank | Greg Monroe | Brandon Knight
Phoenix: Lionel Hollins | Marc Gasol | Darrell Arthur

Pistons Coach Lawrence Frank

(On tonight’s game plan): “When you look at it, we even talked about it, you just can’t give this team extra possessions. Memphis obviously is a very, very good team. But how many of them (turnovers) were forced and how many of them were unforced? If you look at the number of transitions opportunities that responded, it’s just being too careless with the ball. You give them (Grizzlies) 31 of their points with 22 of our turnovers. Then, we gifted them some baskets in the second quarter too. Again, I think for the most part our effort was right. We just have to play smarter basketball.”

(On the Grizzlies’ defense tactics): “It wasn’t disruptive, frenzied pressure. Not to take anything away from them (Grizzlies) but we blew pick and rolls on the side and saw them up top. We just didn’t work the game enough. We rushed and we sped up too quickly. We didn’t have the spacing that we’ve had in some of our prior games. Obviously, I give them credit but it wasn’t traps. Some of it was flat out careless.

(On the second half performance): We called timeout and ended up with seven turnovers in the fourth, or whatever it was. In the first half, we get up 16 points in the post and they finished with 20 points in the post. We battled, competed and did a good job in the second half. We shot ourselves in the foot with not getting a shot up. We got seven consecutive stops, I think, to start the fourth quarter. It’s just taking advantage of transition opportunities or throw opportunities. We just weren’t as sharp as we needed to be to win the game.”

(On guarding the post): The thing is this: we wanted to take away their triggerman. That was a big part of it. When you front the post, you can’t allow high post action. It’s a major point of emphasis. We got (Zach) Randolph and gifted him six points by not denying the high post pass. In a possession game, that’s points. We adjusted and didn’t front the post in the second half. We tried mixing some different double teams. We just fought a whole lot harder. I felt Jason Maxiell’s effort was off the charts. For us, it’s disappointing because if we had been a bit sharper with the ball we obviously would have given ourselves a better chance. If you look at it, both teams struggled to score and both teams shot 41 percent. It was just our inability to take care of the ball.”

Pistons Center Greg Monroe

(On the game): “A lot of these games we have lost because of things that we can control. Tonight was definitely one of those games where we can control a little bit more. Not to take anything away from them (Grizzlies), because they are definitely one of the best teams in the league, but tonight we took the chance away from ourselves.”

(On improving their defense in the second half): “We had a little miscommunication with how we wanted to guard the post in the first half. We changed it and had a little success. It was really more about energy than how we were playing above anything else.”

(On their effort): “We definitely had a chance to win the game if we didn’t turn the ball over as many times as we did.”

Pistons Guard Brandon Knight

(On playing the Grizzlies): “They are a very good defensive team but I think a lot of our problems came from turnovers tonight, unforced turnovers and unforced errors. We gave them a lot of easy baskets.”

(On what caused the turnovers): “It was just carelessness and just not valuing the basketball as you should. There wasn’t a whole lot of pressure. A lot of them were mishandled passes, over dribbling and stuff like that.”

(On what they can take away from the game): “We played hard. That is a positive. We just have to continue to play hard no matter what the score is. I think that is a positive to take out of it. A lot of times, on the road, we don’t put in the necessary effort to win. Tonight we did. We just didn’t execute offensively the way we needed to.”

(On moving forward): “We just have to make sure we have the same intensity and make sure that turnovers aren’t an issue.”

Grizzlies Head Coach Lionel Hollins

(On the win): “We played even in the second half. We outscored them by about four in the second half. It was the first half, the second quarter, that got us ahead by eight then up by 10. Nobody could make a shot in the fourth quarter. I’m happy we were ahead and our defense was still strong and our rebounding was still strong. We had a couple of fouls down the stretch, but other than that we did a nice job. We were right there where we always are. Three times in a row we had 11 stops and 22 deflections and three charges. Mike (Conley) took a big charge on (Greg) Monroe and that got him in deeper foul trouble and they had to take him out of the game. We just controlled the game, but we didn’t dominate the game. They played hard and they’re a good team. They’re coming back from a slow start and I commend them for their effort. We had to battle for four quarters.”

(On the recent home stand): “We won four out of five. We defended and we outscored the other teams. That’s what it’s about. You can’t go back. We’ve been playing pretty decent all year long at home. It was a long home stand. It’s probably time to go back on the road. It’s not easy on the road, but I think your juices get flowing and you get stalled being at home. We’ll see what happens tomorrow night.”

(On the team gelling at home): “Usually the road helps more with that because you’re staying at the hotel and on the bus all of the time. At home, everybody goes their separate ways after practice. Teams like to go on the road and start getting it together. I think it’s good for our chemistry.”

(On the Grizzlies): “They had 27 points from our bench and Jerryd (Bayless) and Darrell (Arthur) played really well, so did (Marreese) Speights. Quincy (Poindexter) played 24 minutes and did not score, but he was at plus 19. He did some good things defensively and effort-wise. That’s what it takes to win. You just can’t all be about scoring.”

Grizzlies Center Marc Gasol

(On the third quarter): “We played better defense for a little bit, and we got to the end of the game. Then it was up and down. They got a lot of easy buckets, but I think we did a good job in the end at least. We had the lead. We couldn’t score, but they couldn’t score either. We made that lead count.”

(On Darrell Arthur): “He is going to be really good for us. He has a different look, a lot of energy and a lot of athleticism. Good player.”

(On San Antonio not playing starters to be able stay on the floor with Memphis Grizzlies): “It will be a good game. We had a game tonight, and we got another one tomorrow. The NBA is not going to stop tomorrow night. We are just going to keep going.”

(On the first month of the season): “We had a great home stand. We had a great month. We have to keep going..we still got a lot of room to grow. We got to keep working towards our main goal.”

Grizzlies Forward Darrell Arthur

(On tonight’s game): “I feel good. I am starting to feel more acclimated with the team. Our offense is going and defensively. I thought I had a solid game.”

(On what got his energy going): “We came out a mindset of not trying to get down, and just trying to get the momentum going. I thought we did a great job.”

(On impact of San Antonio game tomorrow night): “It is a big game. Every game is a big game for us. We just want to keep our win streak going. We have a tough opponent with the Spurs. We know how they play, and they know how we play. It is going to be a physical game. We just got to get our minds right and get ready for it.”

(On being back): “I think I am coming back. I still have a long ways to go. I still have to get my conditioning right and just got to get mm body right. It is coming slowly but surely.”

(On San Antonio): “We just have to go in there and have the mindset of going to win the game. We got to get our game plan going and going for a battle. It is going to be a battle.”