Dec. 16, 2011
On Cal's team defense
"Jorge [Gutierrez] did a good job, as you would expect him to do. We knew that there were going to be a lot of pick and rolls for him. The post guys had to be partially responsible for containing him and they did that. Then they started to hurt us a little bit with the fact that we were jumping up, aggressively, on the ball screens and they start coming out and hurt us with some stuff, so we change our pick and roll coverage in the second half. Jorge is just a good defender. He takes it personally and he takes a lot of pride in it. [Damian] Lillard is a really good player and a really good athlete. He needs a little bit of space to shoot the ball and Jorge is typically not going to give you a lot of space to shoot the ball and he's not likely to fall asleep and have a mental lapse where you're going to get a shot because he forgot about you. More importantly, [Lillard] was 4-of-17, and that's key. The guy is going to score the ball. It's just a matter of what he has to do to get his points. Their big guys did a good job. They hurt us with their big guys stepping off and shooting the ball a little bit. [Scott] Bamforth hurt us. We fell asleep on him some. They scored five threes in the second half which kind of got them back in it a little bit."
On Jorge Gutierrez's defense
"I have confidence in Jorge as a defender. I have confidence in Jorge as a competitor. Not everything is going to work, all the time. The thing that I was a little concerned about was that he was going to get too amped up. I tried to downplay it a little bit, to be honest with you. I didn't want him to get so amped up that he was going to get into foul trouble. Jorge did a good job staying under control."
On Weber State's attempted comeback
"They started making threes. They hit five straight threes. Some of that was lack of attention to detail on our part. If you're going to make five threes, you're going to close the lead. I thought right before the half, we had a 17 or something point lead, and they cut it to 14. I don't like to give points back right before halftime. I don't think we ever totally got an offensive rhythm going. We made some good plays, obviously. We needed to move the ball and we got more comfortable as time went on. Once we got going, offensively, we could get what we wanted to get and then we got back to playing some defense and we stretched it out."
On the post play
"With the way they were playing, they were going to give up something. They were playing a 3-2 zone. We felt like we could get it in, low, and we needed to. It's just that you had to be able to make the play. We probably could have gone down 1-on-1 to the post whenever we wanted to. It's just something we haven't done. Harper [Kamp] made some plays and Richard [Solomon] made some plays, and that helped us."
On the point guard play
"When Brandon [Smith] just focuses on doing the simple things, he's good. He makes good passes and so forth. Sometimes, he tries to do a little bit too much and gets himself in trouble. Justin [Cobbs] isn't a huge fan of zones. I think he's still trying to figure out how to play against zones, and how he can be effective. He's really good on the break, and that, of course, is something we didn't do a good job of. We gave up 11 offensive rebounds, in the first half. So there were times that if we had boarded the ball, we could have gotten out and ran, and that's a big part of what we want to do. Weber State did a good job. They controlled tempo, a little bit. The big guys were physical on the glass. They went hard. That's why two guys fouled out for them. We had a decent assist to turnover ratio again and that's what the point guard's job is."
Jorge Gutierrez, Sr. G
On defending Damian Lillard
"It was tough. He's a great player, but I think it was team defense. I think that everybody contributed and slowed him down. We know we can stop him. I think that everybody contributed on defense in order to stop him. It was the same as any other game. We know that we have to respect him, but at the end of the day, it's just a game. We've got to play basketball. I always have fun. As a team, we love to play against the best. Of course it was a challenge, but it was just a game."
On the defensive mindset
"We just tried to be more physical. We knew they were going to do that. We scouted them, and we knew they were going to do that, so we just tried to be more physical."
Harper Kamp, Sr. F
On Jorge's defense of Damian Lillard
"He made it tougher for him to get the shots that he was comfortable with. With a good player like that, you know that he's going to have tendencies and want to get certain shots. As a good offensive player himself, Jorge knows that just getting a guy uncomfortable is going to make it a lot tougher on him. He just knows that if he goes all out, we're going to be right there behind him to help him out, so that's the key. We expect that out of everybody. I expect it out of myself as well. Jorge always steps up to the plate, so it really gives us a little boost, defensively."
On defending the national scoring leader
"That's why we play, for the challenge."
On the post play
"We're trying to get those baskets that are really efficient. Richard [Solomon] and I are trying to get the shots that are the best for us and the best for our team. Tonight, I had a couple fall, and he did, as well. It just makes it a little easier for guys like Jorge [Gutierrez] and Allen [Crabbe] to do what they need to do and vice versa. If we have it going, inside and out, it's going to make everything flow a bit better."
On his offensive struggles
"I'm just trying to keep a positive mindset, and just keep pushing through, and playing the way I know how to play. The only thing I know how to do is just to keep working at it and hope it's all going to work out for the best. I keep relying on my teammates. I think it worked out tonight, but I can still get a lot better at it. It might be a product of me just trying to get back into my rhythm. I'm a little disappointed that I wasn't able to get as much work in, this summer, as I wanted to. My coaches and teammates have really helped me out to just try and get back into my rhythm and get back into the fold of Division I basketball; it's high speed and it's hard to get back into rhythm."
On Richard Solomon
"He might have been a little frustrated that those first few didn't fall for him. I think it's a product of our team environment. Everyone kept a positive mindset. We keep trying to give him confidence and know that those are shots that are going to fall for him."