Game Quotes: Cavaliers vs. Grizzlies
(On the game tonight): “Two words for you: third quarter. It’s that simple and that might have been the last four home games where we’ve come out like that in the third quarter. We just got lucky and got away with it in the Utah game.”
(On why his team played that way in the third quarter): “We have to figure out a way to regain that focus when we come back out. For some reason, I think we’re somewhere else when we come out (of halftime). The game starts and we’re still somewhere else until we get down a little bit. Then all of a sudden the game has caught our attention.”
(On if he’s considering changing the lineup): “I’m not considering changing the lineup, but I’m really considering going to the substitution a little bit earlier…I’ll just take guys out and put other guys in.”
(On Dion Waiters): “I think he struggled because Tony Allen is a darn good defender. It’s as simple as that. When he’s guarding you, you have to work your butt off to get open.”
(On the team’s third quarter struggles this season): “I’m trying to figure it out. For me, I was trying to get everyone involved and there have been a few games where I’ve been really aggressive and am looking for my shot a little bit more. I’m trying to get everyone involved, especially in the third quarter. Tonight, I tried to get a few guys going, but that third quarter just killed us.”
(On tonight’s third quarter): “We were just out of rhythm in the third quarter. We had a few guys out and it affected us on both ends of the floor, but that’s no excuse. We just have to find that rhythm in the third quarter that gets us the lead in the first two quarters. We have to continue to execute and do that in consecutive games.”
(On Marc Gasol’s play): “He’s a hell of a player, simply put. He’s an All-Star caliber player and he played like it tonight. He took advantages of some defensive lapses and he was hitting shots and hitting guys on the perimeter. He did a great job of passing the ball and being aggressive out there.”
(On the team’s third quarter struggles this season): “It’s been tough all year. A lot of the games we’ve been in we’ve come out in the third quarter with no rhythm and no energy. The second unit had to pick it up for us in the third quarter and as the first unit, we can’t come out like that. We can’t come out flat and give up a 10-0 run. That’s how you lose games.”
(On how frustrating the third quarter woes have been): “Everyone knew the third quarter would be key for us, but talk is cheap. You have to go out there with a sense of urgency and a sense of fight. We clearly didn’t do that tonight.”
(On if tonight’s game meant a little bit more to him): “It didn’t mean a little bit more. I was just trying to get the win and take care of home court. We had a chance to beat one of the best teams, but came out in the second half too slow. You can’t do that against teams like that.”
Grizzlies Head Coach Lionel Hollins
(On tonight’s game): “I thought we came out with good focus and our defense was good in the first quarter. In the second quarter, we gave up 32 points. We made a stand in the third quarter. I thought Ed Davis came out and got every rebound and played really strong and got us off to a good start. Marc got hot. In the fourth quarter, Mike Conley and (Bayless) took over on the scoring…We just kept defending and rebounding. We were able to get a win.”
(On the Cavaliers): “I want to give kudos to those guys. They are playing hard and trying to do the right thing. Kyrie Irving is going to be a star…or maybe he is.”
(On the Grizzlies recent second halves): “The last two years I’ve been here, I remember being asked the same question and we would come out lackadaisical. All the guys are ready to make an impact on the game; from 1-12. They are being alert. We have not been coming out lazy and that has been pretty much getting us these wins.”
(On the Grizzlies’ second half ): “We came out and played better defense while making some shots. We were able to pull away. We had an 8-to-10 point lead that we kept the rest of the game.”
(On the variety of lineups the team uses): “We are kind of forced to right now. I’m fine with it. Everybody that comes into the game produces and contributes. That’s what matters.”
• The Cavaliers shot .429 (6-14) from the three-point line tonight and have shot at least .400 from long range 24 times this season.
• Kyrie Irving recorded a game-high 24 points, on 11-21 (.523) shooting from the field, three assists and one steal in 36 minutes. Over his last 26 contests, Irving is averaging 23.7 points, including shooting .449 from beyond the arc and .887 from the foul line, 3.5 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.9 steals in 35.1 minutes per game.
• Tristan Thompson tallied his 22nd double-double of the season with 10 points, a game-high 10 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 32 minutes. Over his last 36 games, Thompson recorded 16 double-doubles and is averaging 13.6 points on .503 shooting, 10.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 32.8 minutes per game.
• C.J. Miles added 13 points on 5-10 (.500) shooting from the field, a season-high tying three steals and one block in 20 minutes off the bench. Miles has scored in double figures in nine of his last 10 contests and is averaging 12.5 points, including shooting .483 (22-51) from behind the arc, 3.2 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 19.9 minutes per game during that span.
• Alonzo Gee finished with 12 points, five rebounds, one steal and one block in 30 minutes. Over his last three games, Gee is averaging 12.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.0 steal in 31.0 minutes per game.