THE MENTAL SIDE

Gregg Popovich after the Spurs lost to the Mavericks:

“Too many mental errors defensively. I thought we did a really poor job discipline-wise. . Too many weak-side errors defensively where they got to the rim too easily. You know, we scored points. I know we got 100 points, 101 points, that’s fine, but the mental mistakes were really costly.” 

EXPECTATIONS

Tom Brady on his coach, Bill Belichick:

“He has high expectations for us, and if we are not meeting those expectations, then he is going to let you know. He doesn’t let things slide by because you have been here for 10 years, or because you have been to two Pro Bowls. He doesn’t care about that … that will never change with him.”

EFFORT AND ENERGY

Frank Vogel on Bismack Biyombo:

“I thought his effort was what we have come to expect from him. He was really just trying to impact the game every way he could. His communication was great, and he made solid plays on the offensive end. He gave us a spark. We don’t need him to go out and go 7 for 9 every game, but we want him to be very, very active on the offensive glass, creating extra possessions for us, and to make extra passes when he catches the ball in traffic. I thought he did all those things well.”

QUIN SNYDER

Following Utah’s victory over Detroit.

“We didn’t shoot the ball well in the first quarter. But I think the guys still played offense the right way when the shots weren’t going down. That’s our challenge, to continue to play the right way. We have to do that when we’re not making shots.