"I'm surprised about that. I am surprised about that," Gores said. "It's one of those things that you can't calculate so I am surprised about that. I'm not shocked, because I know Stan [Van Gundy] is a great coach, but I am a little surprised about that.
"It's a real tribute to our team and their ability to really kind of keep it going. If you look at our 5-23 start, there weren't a lot of games where they just quit. We just couldn't quite finish or [were] just a little bit off. But I feel great about what's happened since."
Detroit has not made the playoffs since 2009.