Postgame Quotes - April 5, 2012
Washington: Randy Wittman | John Wall
Pistons Head Coach Lawrence Frank
(On winning ugly) “Obviously we missed a ton of free throws and that does not help in terms of building on some pivotal momentum. I thought the group that changed the game was Ben Wallace, Damien Wilkins, Jonas Jerebko, Will Bynum and Rodney Stuckey. We went up by 20 with that group and it was because of their defensive energy. John Wall got into our paint 28 times. Their pick and roll attack accounted for almost half of their points. We had a very hard time in terms of keeping them out. So, those are the opportunities where you could really extend it and instead you don’t. Look it’s like you said, it was not necessarily pretty but the positive aspect was that second group changed the game just from their intense energy. I thought Ben Wallace was phenomenal tonight and was instrumental in us winning the game.”
(On Rodney Stuckey) “I thought Rodney looked very good, especially the second half during that stretch he did a great job attacking and getting into the paint. I thought he looked good.”
Pistons Guard Will Bynum
(On Second Unit’s effort) “I thought defensively we were locked in. Offensively, we were sharing the ball, finding the hot man. (Rodney) Stuckey was doing what ever he wanted, like he normally does. We just played together as a team.”
(On playing Washington) “I think those are the types of games we have been playing against them. I think the other two games against them (Washington) were like that as well. We want to grind it out. As long as we come away with the win, we are fine with it.”
(On Ben Wallace) “Even more so, it is every single day he is working non-stop. Everyday he is one of the first people in the gym and one of the last to leave. Ben is taking two or three hundred shots everyday. I am not surprised at all, because his preparation is unbelievable.”
Pistons Forward Jonas Jerebko
(On late spark) “We just got stops on defense, got out in the open floor we moved it (the ball) and had some easy buckets, I think that was it.”
(On Ben Wallace’s effort) “He is a living legend. He just keeps going. It is great to be a part of this. I am just very happy to have him on my team.”
(On winning ugly) “How is it ugly? I think we had some good stops and ran the floor. I call that winning basketball; I don’t think it is that ugly. We got out with the win and then we will go and play Atlanta tomorrow.”
Wizards Head Coach Randy Wittman
(On game) "We dug ourselves too big of a hole, but we fought back and tried to make a game of it at the end."
(On team effort) "Our energy level was there. It wasn't there in the second. We dug ourselves an 11 point deficit at halftime and if we could have played with any kind of energy like we did in the second, I think that first half would've been different."
(On being short-handed) "We're down two big men as it is and he (Kevin Seraphin) was the only legitimate center that we have and we lose him. We lost a lot of our physicality. Both from a defensive stand point and we have the ability to throw him the ball in the block which we lost any ability to get points out of the post up."
(On John Wall) "John is a competitor and he comes to play every night. That's one thing you can't say about him and tonight he was better than he's been."
Wizards Guard John Wall
(On game) "Both our veterans weren't here and we had lapses. Lapses in the whole first half we didn't play with energy but we kept the game reasonable at 11. We came back and fought and got the lead down. The first half we put them on the line too much and we didn't play defense and they got into a flow and basically did whatever they wanted to."
(On being short handed) "We don't make any excuses being short handed. Anybody can have different injuries at any time so you got to go out there and play hard and that's what we're doing trying to step up. I’ve been in a slump lately and I'm happy to have a good game."