(2-3) DETROIT PISTONS, 113 VS. (4-1) TORONTO RAPTORS, 125
SCOTIABANK ARENA WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2019
DETROIT PISTONS QUOTES
DWANE CASEY (HEAD COACH)
On the game… Our individual defense was lacking. Any time you have team shooting 59 percent, I don’t care if it’s Pascal or whoever is out there, you aren’t doing your job. Then on top of it you turn the ball over 20 times for 20 points, that’s the ball game. Pascal had a heckuva game tonight. Their offense is playing at a high level with a lot of confidence. That being said, you have got to go out there and compete and not wait to attack. I thought they attacked us. Our transition defense was not resilient.
On the Raptors’ defense … Well again, they blitzed us. Derek’s hamstring got sore so we had to get him out. Again, we shot 46 percent from three. If you do that, it’s pretty good. It doesn’t matter who is scoring, we have got to move around. We had 30 assists. Again, it all goes back to the defense.
THON MAKER (Eight points, three rebounds) Was there a communication issue on defense or was it a matter of not sprinting back? It was a mixture of both. We’ve made it a point of emphasis on sprinting back, especially on the breaks and when a shooter is going up for a shot, guys that are not crashing for the boards gotta get back and help those guys out. Teams are getting faster and faster.
On playing in Toronto … It’s pretty special being able to see family and friends, so anytime I can come back here it’s a great feeling.
What is the scouting report on a guy like Siakam coming into the game? It’s gotta be solid. We want to hold him to his weak spots and trust the defense behind you. He continues to grow and expand his game. He makes everyone more dangerous.
SVI MYKHAILUK (Nine points, one rebound)
What makes the Raptors so difficult to defend? It’s a good team. We didn’t really play great on defense. When we started catching up it was too late.
On (Pascal) Siakam … It’s hard to stop him. Once he’s confident and he gets going- I feel like any player who gets confidence and gets it going, they’re going to keep getting more opportunities to score.