AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Donyell Marshall says he didn't mean
what he said about the Cavaliers.
Cleveland's forward claimed before Tuesday's Game 2 against
Detroit that a quote of his didn't imply the Pistons would win the
On Monday, Marshall was asked about the Cavs' youth vs. the
Pistons' experience. He said: "Detroit has the knowledge from
winning a championship two years ago, and going to the championship
last year. I think their knowledge is going to overtake our youth
Detroit sports talk radio had a field day with the quote,
playing it over the air and surmising that Marshall was packing it
in after the Pistons won the opener by 27 points.
Marshall, who signed with Cleveland as a free agent before this
season, initially denied ever saying it, and then tried to clarify
"I never said they were going to win the series," he said. "I
never said we were going to lose the series. That never once came
out of my mouth. The question was never presented that way.
Marshall said he didn't feel a need to discuss it with his
"When I read it, I was [mad]," he said. "I'm a guy who talks
to everybody. It makes me not want to talk at all. It makes it
sound like I'm giving up on the team. I'm one of the biggest
believers of this team. It's one of the main reasons I came here."
Pistons center Ben Wallace was puzzled by Marshall's words.
"That's not something you usually hear from an opponent during
a series," he said. "We do have a lot of experience in this
locker room, so maybe he's just making an observation about that."
Cavs coach Mike Brown said he was unaware of Marshall's remarks,
but then seemed to know exactly what the 12-year veteran had talked
"Part of it is right," Brown said. "They may have some
experience that we don't have but I'm not using that as an excuse
to why we got our behinds kicked in Game 1. It had nothing to do