Postgame Quotes - December 8, 2013

Pistons vs Heat

Detroit: Maurice Cheeks | Kyle Singler
Atlanta: Erik Spoelstra | Shane Battier | Chris Bosh

Pistons Head Coach Maurice Cheeks

(On Miami’s play at the start of the game and coming out of halftime): “They (Miami) started the game out getting easy baskets. Obviously that’s what started for them; missed shots by us, pushed the ball up, layups. You can kind of sense that from a Miami HEAT team, the defending champs. You knew their focus would be a little different, a little higher and it was. Clearly it was from the start and the third quarter.”

(On Peyton Siva): “He played a little bit better than he had before. With those other guys, Will (Bynum), Chauncey (Billups) and (Rodney) Stuckey out, we needed somebody else to really take some pressure off Brandon (Jennings) pretty much. He (Jennings) had three fouls. We had to put him (Siva) in the game. I thought he did a decent job considering playing against some guys who played a lot of minutes over the last few years. I thought he did a decent job.”

Pistons Forward Kyle Singler

(On losing): “From what I saw we just didn’t have enough energy tonight. We didn’t really start off that great. At home you would like to see us play with a little bit more energy, and not just the third quarter hurt us, I don’t think that transition, in my opinion, hurt us that bad it was just the energy and effort.”

(On the HEAT): “They realized that we were down there the last few days and we beat them and they wanted to come in here and get revenge. So, we knew that and we knew they were going to come in and have a sense of urgency.”

(On the third quarter): “I don’t know, we just didn’t play well, simple.”


HEAT Head Coach Erik Spoelstra

(On Game): "We wanted to play well on the road. We started off this road trip on the wrong note and these last two games have been better. Not necessarily just pointing to the result but more commitment defensively, tougher on the glass, and finishing plays better. All those things you need to do to be able to win on the road."

(On Pistons Front court): "They are tough. Not only is that front line big but they play way above the rim so sometimes your block outs have to be with more force and then you have to also get up in the crowd."

(On Ray Allen and Roger Mason Jr. stepping up): "Hopefully we can get to some consistency but ultimately with this group whichever direction we go, guys are just ready. Sometimes it depends on the circumstances of the game but not only did Ray (Allen) settle in with that starting group, but I thought Roger (Mason Jr.) really stepped up tonight. He was aggressive two nights in a row."

HEAT Forward Shane Battier

(On Pistons): “They have a cornerstone guy in (Andre) Drummond. He's a guy you can build a franchise around. His talent is that apparent. They're going through some growing pains right now, trying to blend the talent they brought in. It doesn't happen overnight. The East the way it is, they're going to win some games and be competitive. They can be a handful on any given night.”

(On game): “We played with great energy and that's the best way to mitigate size. We played a very low-energy game the first time in Miami, and that's when their size really made a difference. We had to play fast and energetic. We didn't do that last time, we did that tonight.”

HEAT Center Chris Bosh

(On game): We did a better job of taking care of the ball in the second half. We were able to control the pace of the game and it worked out in our favor tonight.”

(On Pistons): “They have a huge upside. They have a lot of young players, they just have to continue to work. The East is wide open right now. They just have to trust in their coaching staff and believe they can put it together. There's not a huge difference between a good and a bad team. They have to make up their mind if they want to go up, instead of down.”