Game Quotes: Cavaliers vs. Bobcats
(On the game tonight): “Like we said before the game, this was one of those games where I was curious to see if we learned from some of our past mistakes and if we have grown as a basketball team and I can say we definitely have. It’s just a matter of now keeping it going but I really love the signs I saw from our guys tonight with the effort from the beginning of the game and we pretty much carried it out throughout the game.”
(On mixing in the new guys): “I think they have something to do with it but I also think that just having 40-some games of experience and learning that every single night is different. You’ve got to bring that energy and that focus every single night. With that we know that we have a chance when we play the way that we have been playing.”
(On seeing the starters sitting the fourth quarter): “I used to talk about this with the Lakers. I told them at halftime this is a game that we should beat them by thirty and in the fourth quarter I don’t want to be playing. That was one of Magic’s statements. So that means, ‘Guys we’ve got to come out and bury these guys.’ I told our guys that you’ve got to think that same way. Don’t think about we are up 24 at halftime. Think about being down 24. You’ve got to come out with that same aggressiveness to try and put this team away and I thought our guys did that.”
(On the lopsided win): “I think it just continues to give us some confidence. It was the first game that I can remember that I got a chance to sit down the fourth quarter without it being the other way. That was a good feeling.”
(On what he liked most about the team’s performance tonight): “We just competed for 48 minutes. I liked the way we started off the game and the way we finished it. We were clicking on both ends of the floor and that’s what we need on a consistent basis.”
(On if the team tried to keep the same mentality as the other night’s game): “Absolutely. A team like the Charlotte Bobcats can get hot really quick. They’ve beaten some good teams and they compete. We just wanted to come out and be competitive for 48 minutes and get them out of their stuff and be disruptive on the defensive end. We obviously knew that if we executed, we could score easy buckets.”
(On how the team was able to keep the Bobcats from making a run): “By being disruptive. We got them out of their offense; we pressured Kemba (Walker); pressured Ramon (Sessions) and made it tough on them to get the ball past half court.”
(On if the team tried to keep the same mentality as the other night’s game): “Most definitely. We wanted to show growth. Coach Scott challenged us. We had a big win against Oklahoma City and he told us simply that if we don’t win tonight, we could scratch that win against Oklahoma City. We wanted to come out and really lay the hammer down.”
(On the bench’s play tonight): “The second group kept the energy. Wayne (Ellington), Shaun (Livingston), everyone came out and kept playing. They didn’t take a step back. They kept the pressure on, picked it up full court and made plays on offense. That’s good when the second unit can come in and keep the mentality and keep the energy up.”
Bobcats Head Coach Mike Dunlap
(On the game): “There are three or four of these (type of losses) that happen to you and they’re not pretty. You have to load and go. Obviously, our physical effort was unacceptable and we don’t like that. Our front door and back door has always been on how hard we play as witnessed by four of the five games on this road trip. We back stepped in our physical effort that we expected to play full on and we didn’t.”
(On his team’s bench): “I thought that Ramon Sessions played extremely hard and always stays in the game mentally. I also thought that Tyrus Thomas joined the party. Those two in particular played hard.”
(On his team’s defense inside the paint): “I thought Tristan Thompson did a good job of bringing the ball in the middle and scoring. We knew he was a left shoulder guy. It’s just defensive discipline and trying to deal with that. Lack of focus is what it was.”
(On the Cavs early start: “Early on in the first quarter, I think they scored 30 or so points in that quarter and then by halftime, I think it got to 60 and by then, we knew we had to position ourselves on playing better defense. If not, they were going to end up scoring 120…(We) just didn’t come out in the second half and I think their lead was too big for us to get down and we tried. When a team gets going that early in the game, it’s tough to stop them.”
(On if the road trip had an effect on his team’s play tonight: “It has been a long road trip, but it’s one of those things why the NBA is the NBA for a reason….You just have to come out and play better.”
• The Cavaliers have won five of their last seven contests, as well as five of their last six at The Q. Cleveland is also 5-1 against their last six Eastern Conference opponents and hold a 14-1 all-time record against the Charlotte Bobcats at Quicken Loans Arena. Tonight’s win by 27 points marks the largest regular season margin of victory for the Cavs since March 1, 2010 when Cleveland won by 31 points in a 124-93 win over the New York Knicks.
• Cleveland had a season-high 33 assists and a season-low six turnovers tonight. The last time the Cavaliers turned the ball over only six times was on April 11, 2011 against Detroit. Over their last six home games, the Cavs are averaging 27.8 assists to just 11.7 turnovers. The Cavaliers also shot a season-high .565 from the field.
• The Cavs scored a season-high 65 first-half points and went into the half leading by 24. The last time Cleveland led by at least 24 points at halftime was on March 1, 2010 when the Cavaliers went into the second half leading by 26 (74-48), in a 124-93 win against the New York Knicks.
• Kyrie Irving finished with 22 points, including shooting a perfect 5-5 from beyond the arc, four rebounds and three assists in 28 minutes. In four career contests with Charlotte, Irving is averaging 25.0 points on .593 shooting, 4.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks in 30.5 minutes per game.
• Tristan Thompson tallied a near double-double with 17 points on 7-8 (.875) shooting from the field, nine rebounds, three assists and a season-high tying three blocks in 24 minutes. Over his last 23 games, Thompson is averaging 14.6 points on .531 shooting and 11.2 rebounds in 34.3 minutes per game.
• Marreese Speights recorded his second straight double-double as a Cavalier with 11 points and 10 rebounds in 19 minutes off the bench. Speights has scored in double figures in each of his six games as a Cavalier and is averaging 14.7 points on .529 shooting from the field and 7.3 rebounds in 24.5 minutes per game during that stretch.
• Dion Waiters finished with 19 points on 9-14 (.642) shooting and five assists in 24 minutes and is averaging 14.0 points and 3.5 assists in 21.0 minutes per game in two career contests with the Bobcats.
• Wayne Ellington tallied 16 points on 7-12 (.583) shooting, five rebounds and three assists in 23 minutes off the bench.