Postgame Quotes - March 26, 2012

Pistons at Wizards

Detroit: Lawrence Frank | Brandon Knight | Greg Monroe | Rodney Stuckey
Washington: Randy Wittman | Jordan Crawford | Nene | John Wall

Pistons Head Coach Lawrence Frank

On the win: “We’ve been on the other end of it. After being down, to hold them to 15 fourth quarter points was great. I think they were two of seven in the last three minutes, so we found a way. It’s nice to win in kind of a walk off as well, especially with some of the losses we have had of late. Our guys showed some resolve and fight and found a way to win the game.”

On Jonas Jerebko: “Guys stepped up. Jonas (Jerebko) was huge because of his energy. We were so devoid; we were kind of low energy as a group out there. I thought Jonas had great energy and it shows in his rebounding.”

On Ben Wallace: “Ben amazes me. A guy his age, to be able to play so hard and with that effort every night is great. I hope our young guys really appreciate what he does every day because this guy has been doing it for 16 years and he treats every day the same way. He’s a consummate professional. We can’t win this game without Ben. He changed the game just with his energy.”

Pistons Guard Brandon Knight

On the hustle play into the stands: “I’ve never made a play like that before. It was just a situation where I was trying to save the ball and help my team. I just didn’t want to clip anything. All I could think about was just landing on my feet. I think it may have been a momentum changer. I’m just glad I was able to help the team and walk away injury free.”

Pistons Center Greg Monroe

On the end of the game: “Coach called my number late and I was just trying to make a play. In this league you never know when your number is going to be called, you have to be ready all the time. That is all I try to do. Coach told me to be ready and I was able to get a big tap in for us. (Rodney) Stuckey made a big shot and we are happy to escape with a win.”

On the win: “It was definitely a big win for us. We have been in games like this coming down the stretch. To win one close like this, it was big for us.”

On the game: “Both teams came out with low energy. It was obvious. We have to a better job and make sure we try to bring that energy for the whole game every night.”

Pistons Guard Rodney Stuckey

On the game: “The first half was horrible for both sides. We really looked sluggish, and just an ugly exhibition of basketball. Due to the schedule this year I guess you can expect that some nights. Throughout the sluggish play we always felt that we were in the game. We couldn’t continue to miss the easy shots, and we had to step up our intensity.”

On his game-winning shot: “Coach told us if they scored he wanted us to come down and spread the floor. I was able to get a little separation with my move. After I stepped back, I felt I had a good enough look to get my shot off. I didn’t want to force anything. I was fortunate enough it went down and we were able to win the game.”



Wizards Head Coach Randy Wittman

On the game: “It was a carbon copy of the last two (home) games. We have to get to the point where we get a lead and we don’t play just to play. We have to put games away in the second half, especially in the fourth quarter. We haven’t learned that yet. This is three straight times so we have to really tighten the screws and buckle down to get wins. It’s frustrating and it hurts our guys, but it is a learning experience. We are going to keep trying and put ourselves in position to win. Defensively, we are better than we have ever been this season. Even last night against Boston, our defense was great even though we struggled offensively. We have to close out games.”

On missing Trevor Booker: “Everybody helps, but we were short-handed today without Trevor (Booker). Then again it is not just one guy that can come in and save the day, it has to be a team effort. It should be everyone collectively. We missed Trevor’s energy today but our other guys did step up. That is what happens in the league when you have injuries. It gives an opportunity for other players to step up. It’s not just one guy that is going to deliver.”

Wizards Guard Jordan Crawford

On his sixth straight game with 20 points: “My teammates are taking care of me and getting me good shots. The most important thing is we have to find ways to win.”

On the loss: “It’s frustrating. We are not consistent enough and we need to play a full 48 minutes. We just got to keep working hard and compete.”

Wizards Center Nene

On the game: “My back is sore. I’m doing the best that I can. (Trevor) Booker’s out and we were a man down. "It was a tough game tonight. The last two games we couldn’t close it out. We will get it done. It is a part of the learning process. We are doing a lot of good things and have to keep working hard."

On the play of Ben Wallace: “He is a veteran and a tough defender. He is a physical player who has been in this league a long time. He played great tonight.”

On Rodney Stuckey's game winning shot: “We did a great job on the jump shot. He made a tough step back jumper. It was just a great shot.”

Wizards Guard John Wall

On frustration of loss: “We just gave it away. They made the big plays down the stretch. We got good shots and we just didn’t make them.”

On team’s play late in game: “We are getting great shots at the end. We are just not making them. We are getting defensive stops, but giving up offensive rebounds. Teams keep making those runs. We responded well but we just have to get the ball to go into the basket.”