That's What He Said - Celtics at Magic

That's What He Said
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Boston Celtics

Doc Rivers

Doc Rivers

Re: On winning the game:
"That was a character builder for our team, it really was. It’s all that we talked about at halftime. Not a big game plan thing, we didn’t make any big changes, we just kept talking about it being a character builder for the basketball team. Just get back in it, just hang in there long enough, and just give yourself the chance to win. Paul was phenomenal. Kevin over-extended his minutes. It was a tough call for me because we play tomorrow night, he wanted to stay in so we allowed him to. E’Twaun was huge. The other night we won because of Avery’s defense, tonight we won because of E’Twaun’s defense and E’Twaun’s offense. I thought that for a rookie in this atmosphere, I thought that was sensational."

Re: On building character and confidence:
"You know what I love about this team? Everybody responded. Marquis had a really tough first half, second half he played great. E’Twaun came in and played great. Brandon was going so fast in the first half, typical like Baby did when he was back in Boston. First time back from where you were traded, you want to beat them all by yourself. Brandon tried to do that in the first half and in the second half he slowed down, he took his time, he made big shots for us. It was just a bunch of those in this game. This is a team win. This is about as good as a team win that you can have."

Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce

Re: E'Twaun Moore's breakout game:
“A lot of the contributions we got tonight were big especially E’Twaun. I think we showed a lot of confidence in him. I told him on the court that when they double me, you better shoot the ball. We don’t care if it goes in.”

Re: The Celtics' state right now:
“We are just starting to figure out our chemistry and figure out who we are. We are a defensive team and it showed in the second half. We have to hold it for four quarters and be more consistent doing that."

Re: Overcoming the absence of key players:
“It should give us tremendous confidence especially with key guys hurt. Jermaine was huge in the first game at the Garden against Dwight. We are missing an All-Star point guard and an All-Star shooting guard. Everything is in the making for us to lay down and get ready for tomorrow, but there is just something about this locker room."

E'Twaun Moore

E'Twaun Moore

Re: Breaking out and having the support of his teammates:
“They have just been telling me to stay with it and stay with it and stay confident. I kept working and said they are going to start to fall. Today was a good day and hopefully I will have some more of those. They (teammates) have always been supportive and we have stuck together as a team.”

Brandon Bass

Brandon Bass

Re: The importance of this win:
“This game was a character builder for us. We were down tonight and we fought back as a group starting on the defensive end, rebounding, and we rode The Truth’s back.”

Re: On playing with the Celtics:
“I am with a great group of veterans and a lot of guys I can learn from. It is a group that you have no choice but to get better if that is what you want.”

Orlando Magic

Stan Van Gundy

Stan Van Gundy

Re: The game as a whole:
“The pressure really pushed us sideways, it wasn’t so much the up-the-court pressure tonight, it was the pressure at the half court. I thought we had trouble moving the ball. We got frustrated with the physical play, we got frustrated with the officials and we just got totally out of our game."

Re: On the team's scoring woes against Boston:
“It almost defies logic that we would score 58 points in the first half with Dwight playing six minutes, and then with Dwight playing the whole second half we can’t score."

Re: On the Celtics team:
“Do they know how to win? Clearly they do. They kept playing and they played really well. They dominated us on the defensive end."

Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard

Re: Orlando's failures in the second half:
"We thought it was going to be easy after the first two quarters. We can’t allow that. We have to change.”

Glen Davis

Glen Davis

Re: Losing composure against the Celtics:
“We lost composure. We didn’t do what we needed to do when it was time to get down and play. The Celtics showed perseverance and we didn’t.”

Re: The second half of the game:
“You could see things unravel; turnovers. And Boston smelled blood, they smelled pressure, and we didn’t do a good job of countering.”