Postgame Quotes - March 1, 2014

Pistons at Rockets

Detroit: John Loyer | Andre Drummond | Josh Smith

Houston: Kevin McHale | Terrence Jones | James Harden | Dwight Howard

Pistons Head Coach John Loyer

(On the first half deficit) “In the first half, we didn’t play with the energy, enthusiasm, or desire you have to play at to play against any NBA tem let alone a high level team like Houston. We came in here and I told our guys we played harder in practice than the first twenty four minutes. We had more juice, energy running a three man weave (at practice) than we did in the first half. There are two halves to a game and fortunately we played a much better second half.”

(On if there was an answer to their first half play) “If there was a simple answer, it wouldn’t have happened. Sometimes there’s no simple answer. You have the same preparation and I thought we had a very good shoot around this morning, a very good pregame and sometimes you just go out and you don’t play. Against a high level team, the playoff teams, you have to find a way to do it more consistently every night and we need to get to that level.”

(On the second half play) “Our energy was much better. We shared the ball and we got out on the break. We didn’t get stops early. They (Rockets) had nineteen layups or dunks in the first half and only seven in the second half. You give a team layups and dunks and they are going to make them. If you make a team move the ball a little bit and we played a little zone which I thought was effective and we played a little zone defensively which gives you a chance.”

Pistons Center Andre Drummond

(On the team’s recent play and their shot at the playoffs) “We know the more games we lose, the bigger the hole we dig ourselves into. Its going to be hard to dig our way out of this and it’s tough, tough. The games that we needed and we should’ve won, we lost them and that is going to bite us at the end of the season. We have to really try hard and make a run in the twenty three games we have left.”

(On the team’s comeback in the second half) “We showed fight at the end, but it shouldn’t have to get to where we work that hard because when you make a run to come back, sometimes it doesn’t work and that’s an example today. We were sleep the first half and we let them walk all over us. They were doing whatever they wanted to do. They were laughing and smiling and doing all the little hand gestures they were doing. That’s frustrating to watch and it hurts. We take that to heart and we came out there the second half and played as a team and played a lot better, but it wasn’t enough to come out with a win.”

(On if they feel like they have time left to make the playoffs) “Well, we have twenty three games left, what do you think? We have enough time to do anything and we’re four games out, so it comes to what we do as a team. It can’t be one person or two people, we have to be as a collective group to want to buckle down and try to win games.”

Pistons Forward Josh Smith

(On the teams play in the first half) “I think it was just our inability to get back in transition. The floor spacing should’ve been a little better and we gave them some easy buckets. When you give any team opportunities where they can lay the ball up, the basket begins to look like the ocean and that’s what happened in the first half.”

(On what the team needs to make adjustment wise) “We have to see what we’re doing and make adjustments as a team. We have to figure out ways to tweak things. For us to be young and athletic, our defense needs to be way better than it was tonight. It was embarrassing in the first half just because of the fact coming into the game. The day before we had a great practice that was very competitive and we didn’t validate it. That was the most disheartening thing in the first half, but we came out in the second half and fought. When you dig yourself a hole that deep, it was hard to overcome it.”

(On the Rockets) “They play well together. They feed off of the guys that get majority of the shots and everybody else contributes on their team.”

Rockets Head Coach Kevin McHale

(On the Rockets' energy to start the game) “It was great. We came out and we were really clicking. We got a big lead going into halftime and didn't play very well in the second half. We came out and really moved the ball. We had it going up and down and just did a nice job of doing what we've been talking about doing, which is attacking early, getting inside to Dwight (Howard) and making some nice passes and the offense was clicking. Terrence (Jones) had a good high energy night tonight which was good to see.

(On the importance of Terrence Jones and Omri Casspi's play) “I was glad that Omri made a few shots and Terrence had a good high-energy game, that was good. I liked our ball movement and then we stopped. James (Harden) had twelve assists, he was really moving the ball early and then we kind of got stagnant and with that big lead, I got scared that we would get complacent and that happens.”

(On Jordan Hamilton's play) “I like the way Jordan has been playing. He fits in well with how we play. I think he's going to be good.”

(On the team clicking and working together) “I thought we played really well. I thought we came out and had good ball movement, body movement, good spacing, everybody made the extra pass and we were making shots. We were in the flow and attacking before they got set.”

(On James defending bigger players) “James is strong. It makes it hard for them to score. He's been really good in that role of guarding bigger guys.”

Rockets Forward Terrence Jones

(On the Rockets' play against the Pistons) “Just to bring a lot of energy. We haven't played here (Toyota Center) in a while. We just had a long road trip and I think we played well on (it). We wanted to get back to being focused, being at home, and just making sure we took care of responsibilities tonight.”

(On the difference between the first and second halves) “I think guys just stopped playing a little bit because of the lead. We just tried to make sure we got back to it on the defensive end and make sure we got the win. I think that's what we did late in the fourth (quarter).

(On how important it was to get the win tonight) “(It was) real important. We just wanted to stay locked in and make this deep push in the second part of the season.”

Rockets Guard James Harden

(On the 41-point first quarter) “We did a good job of coming out with some aggression and get some defensive stops and getting out in transition.”

(On letting the Pistons get back into the game) “It's tough when you're up twenty-something points and trying to contain it and hold it, but we found a way to win the game.”

(On the importance of the win with Miami coming up on Tuesday) “It's good for us. We're back at home. We have a good team coming in here in Miami. This is a good statement for us. It's a good game for us to test and see where we are, especially in a season like this.”

Rockets Center Dwight Howard

(On the importance of the win before a tough stretch of games) “It was very important, but I didn't like the way we came out in the second half. I thought we really should have put the foot on the gas and we let them get back into the game and that's not what we need to do if we want to be a great championship team.”

(On whether or not the tone of the 41-point first quarter setting the pace for the rest of the game) “It can, but you can also let a team back into the game, which we did tonight. We let them get confidence, we let them get rolling and like I said we can't allow that. In order for us to be a great team, we've got to put teams away.”