Game Quotes: Cavaliers vs. Pacers
(On the game tonight): “We played a very good team that’s obviously playing for something special. They came out and took it to us right from the get go, and I told our guys that we’re going to face that again in the next 10 games probably eight more times. It’s more of how we react to it. To be honest with you, this is going to be good for us to go against this type of intensity and to go against playoff type teams eight out of the next 10 times because this is how they’re going to come out. This is playoff type basketball and it’s something our guys have to figure out and get used to because you can’t come out and play 24 minutes of basketball and expect to win. Your focus has to be there for 48 minutes and you have to play with that intensity and that effort…Again, we have a long way to go and we understand that.”
(On matching up with the Pacers): “I think it starts from the interior. Roy (Hibbert), David West, (Tyler) Hansbrough, all of those guys are just much more physical than our guys. That’s the bottom line. That’s where it starts.”
(On the offense without Dion Waiters and Kyrie Irving): “We just have to be more into our motion offense. We just have to move the ball. Just like our second unit does on a regular basis, we just have to trust each other and really have to move it, set screens, keep our spacing (and make) hard cuts. Now it has to be done that way from the first and the second unit. We don’t really change anything. It’s just more of trying to give ourselves a little more options as far as spacing, cuts, reads and things like that. We still have to play basketball.”
(On why he thought the team wasn’t ready to play): “We just didn’t come out with enough fight. That’s not acceptable, especially at home. This was a home game for us and we have to come out with that mindset early defensively. Going out there, we took the first hit and just couldn’t recover.”
(On what it will take to not have losses like tonight): “We have to come out and throw the first punch; be men about it. We have to come out and play hard. Don’t sit back and see how Indiana is going to play. Even though David West was out tonight doesn’t mean their players aren’t as good. They showed that tonight.”
(On if he hurt his knee tonight): “No. It’s just been lingering the last couple of games and it just wasn’t feeling right tonight. I came in the back and the doctor said we’ll find out things tomorrow.”
(On if he thinks he’ll play on Wednesday): “It’s too early. I’m just going to take it day-by-day and I’m going to go get the test tomorrow. We’re going to find out what’s wrong and what’s going on. I’m just going to take it day-by-day.”
(On if he felt the team wasn’t ready for Indiana’s physicality): “No. We have to come out ready no matter what. We can’t wait for another team to throw the punches first. We have to come out fighting first. We’re at home and we should have that mindset coming out, but they came out and played physical. They did what they needed to do to get the win.”
Pacers Head Coach Frank Vogel
(On Hansbrough’s and Pendergraph’s performances): “Tyler Hansbrough is a starter in this league, that we have coming off the bench. Jeff Pendergraph is maybe a starter as well. He’s a quality backup and he doesn’t get any minutes because of the depth we have.”
(On Green’s performance): “(We) got a big lift, particularly, in the first half by Gerald Green, coming in there and getting a second opportunity after being out of the rotation for a while. He gave us a good lift.”
(On their defensive game plan): “Defensively, we wanted to guard the three. We wanted to defend the paint. We wanted to keep them from the free throw line…We did a pretty good job in all three areas.”
(On if it’s been difficult coming off the bench): “No it’s not. When you have a guy like David West, your minutes are going to be sporadic. It’s a different mentality when you come off the bench.”
(On if his performance tonight was a result of the team’s previous two meetings this season): “No, that’s just the way I always approach the game if you watch me consistently. I don’t ever come out there lackadaisical.”
(On his performance tonight): “I’m just trying to win the basketball game. It’s not about my moment, it’s about us winning. Trying to win this division title.”
• The Cavaliers recorded 21 assists and had 11 turnovers tonight. Since February 2nd, Cleveland is averaging 22.8 assists to 12.4 miscues.
• Cleveland’s bench scored 43 points tonight. The Cavs have received at least 30 points off the bench in 19 of their last 24 matchups, with the reserves averaging 38.0 points per game during that stretch.
• C.J. Miles recorded a game-high 21 points, including connecting on 4-8 (.500) triples, in 27 minutes off the bench. Miles has scored in double figures in 12 of his last 15 games and is averaging 12.5 points, including .432 (35-81) from behind the arc, 3.3 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 20.6 minutes per game over that span.
• Tristan Thompson tallied his team-leading 25th double-double with 20 points on 9-16 (.563), 11 rebounds and two blocks in 32 minutes. Thompson has 20 double-doubles over his last 41 contests, including five in the last seven, and is averaging 13.5 points on .502 shooting, 10.4 rebounds and 1.0 block in 32.7 minutes per game during that stretch.
• Alonzo Gee added seven points, six rebounds and team-high three steals in 26 minutes. He’s swiped three steals in back-to-back games and has recorded at least three steals 11 times this season.