Cal Post-Game Quotes

For the third time this season, Stanford turned out a poor performance on the floor in a home game that ended in a disheartening defeat. Much like the last time the Cardinal suited up in Maples Pavilion, it was an offensive struggle. Afterward, head coach Trent Johnson talked about what transpired, along with Fred Washington, Lawrence Hill and Robin Lopez.

Head coach Trent Johnson

Opening statement:

"Tough one, tough one, tough one, tough one.  21 for 61.  3 for 16 from the three.  18 of 29 from the free throw line.  There goes your ballgame.  We outrebounded them 47 to 30.  I thought we did a decent job in the second half defensively getting up and getting after them, taking some things away.  [Ayinde] Ubaka made some crucial plays at crucial times.  I don't know what it is when we come home, but there seems to be a lid on it.  The last two weeks we spent more time shooting the basketball than we ever had.  We just have to keep plugging away."

On Cal's high screens set for Ubaka on offense:

"Not necessarily.  He made some tough shots.  When we put Fred on him, he struggled to get the ball back.  He's a heck of a player.  He has the ball in his hands all the time, and we knew that he was very capable.  This was probably his best game of the year.  The high screen didn't hurt us as much as when the shot clock was running down and he was isolated at times on Mitch and Anthony, he was able to get in the lane and shoot over the top of them.  Then we made the adjustment late and put Fred on him.  Again, they are 24 for 60.  They are 8 for 23 from the three.  They are 11 for 13 from the free throw line.  We outrebounded them by 17.  I've always felt this, and I've always said this:  It's amazing how you look when the ball isn't going down.  We make a couple more free throws or make a couple more open shots, and we don't feel like this.  That's basketball.  Defensively, I don't think that was the issue as much as our inability - as Fred said and as we all know as a basketball team - to relax on the offensive end and knock down open shots.  At the half we were 8 for 31 from the field.  You go back to the Santa Clara game, and we were 4 for 27.  I'm not going to belabor that because these guys are working their tail off, and it just happens.  We just have to finish plays at the one end of the floor, continue to do what we're doing on the defensive end and work our way through this."

On playing man-to-man defense creating match-up situations:

"No, when you say 'create match-up situations,' Ryan Anderson was 4 for 14.  He's their best player going into the game, and he had 12 points.  Again, it wasn't our defense.  They had one guy make crucial plays at crucial times, and that was Ubaka.  He was 9 out of 19.  This basketball game was decided at the free throw line for us, and shooting-wise.  We had open shots and open free throw, and that's basketball.  That happens.  It just happened at a bad time for us - on Wednesday."

On getting the players to relax better offensively in the second half:

"Well, yeah.  But I wouldn't say that as much as they settled down themselves.  This group wants to win so badly that sometimes they have a tendency to try too hard.  We talk constantly about not relaxing defensively but relaxing at the offensive end.  I don't know how much it was me settling them down as it was them settling themselves down and moving forward."

On the call for the last Stanford shot of the game:

"It's called '25/34'.  We're looking for a three either from the over-the-top pass after the on-ball set for Anthony by Lawrence, or Lawrence to spot up and shoot the three.  Lawrence had a good look.  I just thought he rushed it.  But like I said, they executed the play.  I thought Cal did a decent job...  Yeah, I just thought Lawrence rushed it a little bit.  Anthony looked like he was open over the top, and Lawrence was open when he got it.  I can live with that.  It's the first time that he's been in that situation.  Again, going into the timeout, they probably knew what we were going to call.  We took Robin out, put Fred at the 'four' and put Lawrence at the 'five'.  We tried to put our best three-point shooters on the floor and our best slasher.  We wanted to shoot it quick so that if we missed, we had a chance to foul."

On not playing many minutes of Robin and Brook Lopez together:

"Initially we wanted to play them a little more together, but Brook was a little out of rhythm.  He had some traveling calls, and we got into rhtyhm late.  We got into the half and had to play from behind, and they stretched us out a little bit.  For us, it would have been a whole different scenario if we were in front.  Then we could have managed the tempo of the game.  But again, we got what we needed.  We got the ball in situations to the right people at the right times, and again the ball just didn't go down.  As hard as it is for everybody to understand that, and as hard as it is for us to accept that, that's just the reality of it.  It's not the first time we've been in this situation.  It's probably the second at home.  We just have to continue to work on the things we're doing offensively, continue to shoot the ball, continue to stay together as a group and push through.  We'll have tomorrow off.  Then we get up and leave around 5:30 in the morning the following day and go to Charlottesville to play a good Virginia team."

Sophomore power forward Lawrence Hill

On how the last shot felt:

"No, the end just rolled off wrong.  I wasn't thinking about whether I was going to miss or not.  I was just hoping that I could get a good shot off and didn't want to waste any time messing with my man because we still had time after the shot to get a rebound and make something out of it afterward."

Senior small forward Fred Washington

On not having a comfort zone at home this season:

"No, we feel comfortable.  Sometimes we either rush shots, or they just don't go in for us.  We had good shots; we were running good plays; we were getting open.  It seems like other games where they sometimes aren't going down.  I think everyone pretty much missed an easy lay-up here or there, or a shot in traffic they usually make.  This is only, what, the 11th game of the season.  It's not over yet.  We have a lot more to go."

On giving his all in this game:

"I try to do that every game.  This wasn't anything special.  This was just another game.  I go all-out every game...  I was just trying to be nice to the question.  I didn't want to be rude.  But it's just another Pac-10 game.  I don't care if it's Cal, U-Dub or Washington State.  I want to win.  It doesn't matter."

Freshman center Robin Lopez

On getting the shots he wanted:

"Yeah.  My teammates did a good job of getting me the ball when I was open.  I just feel like I didn't finish at times.  I was 6 for 11 at the free throw line, and that's the game right there."

On the paint unclogging in the second half:

"Yeah, you could say that.  My teammates kept penetrating and kept shooting from the outside, so that helped clear up the middle a little bit."


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