One of the benefits of being at the Mavericks game is having full access to player interviews, and I decided to share with you guys. Video and select quotes from Saturday's game.
On what got the Mavs the win: "We got stops and we got in transition. Detroit was a tired team because they played a hard, physical game last night in Memphis. We struggled in the first half with shot making but we had a lot of good looks. We felt we just had to stay the course and do a better job rebounding. We started out well, hit a lull in the second quarter, and then picked it way up in the second half. That's what got us the win; the ability to get stops and then get out in transition because they were doing a god job of locking up O.J. in the half-court stuff."
On Derek Fisher's debut: "He ended up a significant plus in the game. It's going to take some time for him to get his legs. I've been saying that all along. I like when he and Collison were together. I thought that was pretty productive lineup. He enhances our situation a lot of different ways. He gives us more options, and his experience, you just can't substitute what that means."
On his defense tonight: "I had an opportunity to get out there and get some minutes an get in the flow. One we get back we are good. OJ had the opportunity to hit some open 3's, that gives Darren the opportunity to penetrate and Marion the ability to hit his floaters. We are off and running after we get stops."
Piston Guard Brandon Knight
On the second half: "We didn't get sotps and they started hitting a lot of open jumpers...they became very confident and very tough to defend."
On his 18 point first half: "It was a floor game and I was trying to take better care of the basketball. I wanted to take care of hte ball and keep my team going on the floor. My main goal wasn't to score points, but ot help the team perofm and take care of the ball."
Piston Center Greg Monroe
On missing close shots: "I made a few early ones, but then I started rushing my shots. I wasn't taking my time on the floor...It did start to snowball on me. When you miss a few, it makes it worse."
On offensive woes leading to defensive breakdowns: "When missing close shots like that you put yourself in trouble to get back in transition. I was trying to play aggressive and get to the rim and they didn't fall."