STANLEY JOHNSON

Following the Pistons win over Orlando:

“That’s why I play basketball.  That’s playing the right way. You practice certain things and when you’re able to execute them in the game, that’s why you play basketball.  That’s why we take it so seriously.  That’s why we game plan. That’s why we practice is to have plays like that.  There’s nothing better than winning games like that, to me. That’s why I was so happy.  That’s what we shoot for every day.”

THE COACH ON THE PLAYER

Billy Donovan on Domantas Sabonis:

“Very, very hard worker. Very bright. A strong, strong desire to want to get better, to want to improve. I’ve always felt this way: The best players, to me, are the ones that are always self-reflective, where they look inward to say, ‘What can I do better? How can I improve?’ And that’s what he does. He takes everything. He watches. He pays attention. He’s going through things for the first time. But I think he’s got a chance to be a terrific player for us because he can handle, he can pass, he can catch, he’s physical, he’s bright, he’s got a great work ethic. He’s got all the intangibles to be a really good player.”

Sabonis