Postgame Report: Pacers at New Jersey 081112
Veteran center continued his scoring binge with 16 points, eight in the fourth quarter, adding seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocked shots. He converrted two of his four offensive rebounds into baskets down the stretch to help the Pacers withstand a late New Jersey rally.
Last season, the Pacers were 4-25 when they failed to score at least 100 points. Thus far this season, they're 3-1.
The Pacers return home for their first look at the revamped Philadelphia 76ers featuring star forward Elton Brand Friday at 7 p.m. (Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan).
Nov. 12, 2008 at New Jersey
Pacers 98, Nets 87
PACERS COACH JIM O'BRIEN
“It was the second win in a row we were shorthanded. Tonight without three of our starters we played another gutsy game. We pressured the ball well, ran well and moved well. Kept the turnovers down to twelve and played together. Our guys are playing really hard. In the last three wins the turnovers are way down. We continue to attack and get good shots. A coach can’t ask anything more from a player then to compete. They do it in practice and in games. I’m very proud of the effort we get on a daily basis from these guys."
PACERS GUARD T.J. FORD
(On playing without three main contributors) “Everyone is stepping up to the plate and everyone understands we need every last one of the guys on the team. I think we have a lot of chemistry and we need to continue to build on it.”
(On getting the road win) “If you’re a good team you have to get wins on the road. They made a run, but we stayed patient, continued to play our style and it worked out in our favor. We’re happy to get this one, and now we have to look past this and look toward Friday.”
PACERS GUARD MARQUIS DANIELS
(On how the fill-ins and reserves performed) “Everybody came in and played well, Steve (Graham) played well, Brandon (Rush) stepped in as a last minute starter. He stepped in, accepted the challenge and played great. Everyone played great. Jeff (Foster) stepped in and he’s instant offense right now hitting jump shots from everywhere.”
PACERS GUARD BRANDON RUSH
(On getting his first start) “I knew probably five minutes before the game while we were doing shoot-arounds."
"We played well as a team. It boosts your confidence, lets me know I’m here for a reason.”
NETS COACH LAWRENCE FRANK
On the game: “We started the game in a low spirit and energy level. In the first quarter there were 14 shots we didn’t contest. It took us a long time to get into the game. We never got into a good offensive rhythm, and we just got a little frantic. We’re shooting a lot of jump shots and losing our way a little bit. Disappointing game.”
On the Pacers missing starters: “It just goes to show it doesn’t matter [that Pacers were missing starters]. They don’t make any excuses for who they didn’t have. To get outscored 18-4 in fast break points in your own building? Your margin for error is small. We have to play like we rehearse, and if we’re going to lose that way that’s fine. We just got to work and get better, and that’s on me.”
On the Nets’ energy level: “I thought our energy level was high the last time we played. I don’t know why [our energy was down]. You could tell by our defensive posture, to start the game we’re upright, getting beat on back-cuts, not helping each other, getting beat off the dribble, our hands our down… that kind of set a tone for the game. Then we’re trying to get ourselves going on the offensive end, and it wasn’t going our way. Then we finally did get some stops, offensively we didn’t take advantage of it. We had 18 turnovers for 25 of their points. Just kind of beating ourselves a bit, trying to force feed some things, but we’ll work to fix it.”
On the run in the 4th quarter to bring it close: “You can’t rely on a run. We’re very honest about who we are. We’re selectively committed, and that falls on my shoulders. I need to find a way to get some consistency from execution, spirit, and energy approach. Those three fall hand-in-hand. We’ll fix it.”
NETS GUARD VINCE CARTER
About a lack of enthusiasm from the team: “In the first and third quarter, the energy and effort was lacking, it’s unacceptable, and makes the game a lot harder especially with one of our scorers out.”
On Vince passing instead of shooting: “Even though some were good opportunities, you always have to look to pass to create an for your teammates, you always want the best play possible.”
On Bobby Simmons: “Well he set the tone early and we wouldn’t be getting as many shots if it wasn’t for Bobby, so he really made it easier for everyone else this game.”
NETS GUARD KEYON DOOLING
"We didn’t start the game well and then when we got down by so many we got a little desperate and began to play a little better. Granted we’re a young team but we have to find some balance. We can’t be great for some stretches and then horrible for others. We have to try to be as solid as we can possibly be. Those guys still have a good team, a lot of veteran players and also a point guard that can get in the paint and make the people around him better. When somebody goes down, it’s a great opportunity to step up and their guys did that tonight. We came out against Detroit and were very good against them. Then we went out to Miami, did pretty good for most of the game and then we come back home with a loss. Right now we’re pretty inconsistent, but we’ll keep working at it and getting better."
NETS GUARD JARVIS HAYES
"It’s just something we have to do better. We can’t have games where we fall behind and then we try to fight back. We are just making it tougher on ourselves. I think that everything that happened tonight was all us. We didn’t come out with defense in the first half, we got down in the third quarter and we made a run, but we dug ourselves in such a big hole that was tough to come back from. Somehow we have to find enthusiasm and that fight every night to start out and not dig ourselves such a big hole."