Game Quotes: Cavaliers vs. Warriors
(On the game tonight): “I just didn’t think that we had the energy tonight. We just didn’t play with that energy and sense of urgency for whatever reason. I thought they came out aggressive and we just seemed like we were on our heels all night long.”
(On the Warriors playing without three of their starters): “When you have that many guys out, number one, other guys are going to get an opportunity. Those guys were looking forward to having that opportunity. Number two, you have to treat it like a wounded animal that is in the corner. It has no choice. It’s going to come out fighting and if we don’t match that intensity and that effort, it’s going to be a long night and that’s basically what happened.”
(On addressing the team’s defense at halftime): “The message was pretty simple. We have to come out this second half and we have to play a lot harder than we played the first half if we’re going to have a chance to win the game…If we think in our minds that we’re going to outscore them and win and it’s going to be that type of game, then we’re in trouble. We have to defend and we just didn’t do a good job of defending tonight.”
(On if it was tough to physically play under the weather): “Absolutely. I just wasn’t myself out there in terms of my mental focus but that’s no excuse. I don’t want to make any excuses. There were a lot of defensive lapses. I lost Klay Thompson a few times and tried to get up on Jarrett Jack but they just kicked our butts tonight.”
(On the Warriors being shorthanded tonight): “We talked about it before the game and we obviously knew how hard they were going to come out. They jumped out to an early lead and we just never got back in it.”
(On if he was trying to pace himself during the game): “I was trying to find something deep within. I just couldn’t find it; couldn’t hit a shot. That’s basically the game for me personally. I’m just feeling like crap.”
(On the team’s lack of energy): “There was a lack of energy. Three of their main players were out tonight, but their reserve guys stepped up. We didn’t match their intensity and they hit us in the mouth.”
(On if the team let up because of Golden State’s missing players): “We knew coming into the game that with their main players out, their reserves would definitely step up. It’s about opportunity. When guys go down, guys on the bench are going to take advantage of the opportunity. That’s what they did tonight.”
Warriors Head Coach Mark Jackson
(On the game): “It was very easy to chalk one up and say we were shorthanded. We had every excuse to walk out of here with a loss. I challenged them and they stepped up to the challenge.”
(On Klay Thompson’s performance): “I knew for us to have a big night, Klay was going to have to score the basketball. He did a great job offensively. He scored. I love the fact that he rebounded.”
(On Klay Thompson defending Kyrie Irving): “He defended the best guy on the court in Kyrie Irving. I understand he wasn’t 100% but no matter what, when you step on the floor you’re alive.”
(On the Warriors’ performance without four players): “We could have just layed it down when we didn’t have four of our premier players but we had bench guys come in and do big things. It shows the depth of this team.”
(On ending the road with a win): “It’s a big momentum swing going back home to Oakland. We needed to come in here and get this win. We couldn’t go 1-3 on this trip. We are a good road team, but even better at home. ”
(On shooting 83% from the three-point line in Cleveland): “It’s a great shooting building. There’s something about Cleveland.”
(On the team’s performance): “Everybody stepped up tonight. With a bunch of guys out, Coach said it before (the game) that we could have chosen to mail this one, last game of the road trip. Cleveland came in playing much better basketball. Instead we got a contribution from pretty much everyone who came into the game.”
(On dealing with injuries): “We are all on the same page and no matter who’s out there, we’re still going to play Warriors’ basketball and play the way the coaching staff has decided.”
• The Cavs outrebounded the Warriors 12-7 on the offensive glass. Cleveland has collected at least 10 offensive rebounds in 38 contests while holding their opponents to under 10 offensive boards in 15 games this season.
• Cleveland had 27 assists and just 12 miscues tonight. Over their last seven games, the Cavs are averaging 12.0 turnovers. The Cavaliers have also tied or had fewer turnovers than their opponents in 17 of their last 20 contests, averaging 13.0 turnovers to their opponent’s 15.9 over that stretch.
• Tristan Thompson tallied his 17th double-double of the season with 18 points on 8-14 (.571) shooting from the field, a team-high 11 rebounds, two steals and one block in 37 minutes. Over his last 20 games, Thompson has recorded 12 double-doubles and is averaging 14.5 points on .517 shooting and 11.4 rebounds in 35.0 minutes per game during that span.
• Dion Waiters recorded 18 points, a career-high tying seven assists, one steal and one block in 28 minutes. In two career contests with Golden State, Waiters is averaging 15.0 points and 6.0 assists in 29.1 minutes per game.
• Kyrie Irving tallied 14 points, three rebounds, four assists and three steals in 36 minutes, and is averaging 20.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.3 assists in 36.0 minutes per game in three career meetings with the Warriors. Irving has had at least three steals 11 times this season, including eight times this month.
• Marreese Speights finished with 12 points on 4-8 (.500) shooting from the field and five rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench. Speights has scored in double-figures in each of his three games as a Cavalier and is averaging 13.0 points on 15-28 (.536) shooting from the field, 5.3 rebounds and 1.0 steal in 22.0 minutes per game over that span.
• Tyler Zeller finished with 16 points on 6-9 (.667) shooting, three rebounds, a career-high tying five assists and one block in 36 minutes.