Re: His sense that Kevin Garnett still gets “up” to play against his former team:
"I thought Kevin was terrific. I thought he came in, I loved how aggressive he was offensively. You could see he was looking to score, which is always nice for us, because his instinct is going to make him pass anyway. So that was good. I mean, he gave us such a great low-post presence to start the game. And I thought that kind of set the tone for us."
Re: The Celtics' rebounding:
"We were pretty good. That’s a hard team to rebound against, and we held our own."
Re: Playing the Celtics' "game":
"Yeah, we played our game the entire stretch. I think we’ve been doing it lately, honestly. I thought the Portland game was good, I thought the Milwaukee game was good in stretches, this game. I keep saying, you can feel it starting to come. It’s not here, but it’s coming, and you feel that. We’ve just got to push through. It’s going to be a great month for us."
Re: Going to the post more often:
"We’ve got to look there, we’ve got to get stops and run the floor. Because Kevin – the best part of his post game is his speed. He can run and beat people to the post and establish unbelievable position. And I thought what (Rajon) Rondo did at the beginning of the game – he advanced the pass, like the first three or four times down the floor – it was a pass, to a pass, to a post. There’s no help for that."
Re: On this being one of the best team performances of the season:
“You know, it’s up there. The key for us is to start building some consistency. I like the way we extended the lead there in the third quarter and beginning of the fourth. Our bench really came in and really did a good job, really got us a lot of energy."
Re: The Celtics being physical:
"Well, we have to be that way every night. You know we’re challenged rebound wise and a majority of these games we haven’t rebounded well so that’s mainly what the last couple days of practice have been is to put bodies on people, go after rebounds, box out, those little things that are going to help us win games.”
Re: The caliber of the Timberwolves:
“This is a very good team we played tonight. They put it to Philly the night before and obviously they played back to back, but a very good team. Kevin Love has been a cast over there and it was by no means an easy game for us."
Re: What helped them win the game:
"We were aggressive, and we were aggressive from the early part of the game. We established a post early on. I thought defensively we played with a lot of energy. We made them go to their second and third options which is something they don’t like to do, but we did a decent job on Kevin (Love). He obviously had a double double but for the most part we slowed him down a little bit and controlled the tempo. Having Rondo back was big for us, I thought he brought a lot of big energy. He was excited that he was back and probably fed off that.”
Re: His defense on Kevin Love:
“My primary is to come out and try to slow the best post player down. My focus is defense first. Offensively, I thought I was in a decent rhythm, the ball felt good to me but when I’m out there hooping man, I’m not really conscious when it comes to defense. My energy needs to be my primary role but at the same time I’m efficient. I try to be aggressive when they need me to be and that’s all it was.”
Re: The third quarter:
“They were making a lot of shots. I can’t tell you until I look at it. But we were scoring but they scored every time down. Then we missed free throws.”
Re: Timberwolves' free throw woes:
“We’re going to make free throws. Kevin Love’s not going to miss these free throws. He’s an 85% free-throw shooter. Just sometimes you go through it. We just have to stay with it, and understand that’s part of the game we’ve got to execute. We just didn’t do it tonight, for sure.”
Re: What Boston did to win:
“They were very physical. They were into us all night long. We’re going to have to learn that that’s how it’s going to be. And he’s going to have to learn that too. But I thought we were playing very well, but then the second half they took control.”
Re: It being tough, playing the second game of a back-to-back:
“Yeah, I mean we had a good first half, and they came out and I mean Rondo kind of took control of the second half and set them up and made plays for them and that was very telling for the game.”
Re: Missed free throws:
“Yeah it’s definitely been our Achilles heel thus far. But we have a team that can shoot the ball particularly well from the outside and from the free throw line. So it’s something that’s an issue right now, but heading forward I don’t think it will be an issue. I mean I missed what 10 free throws tonight? I think that obviously that’s not something that’s gonna linger throughout the season.”
Re: What KG did to be successful:
“Being Kevin Garnett.”
Re: His injured hand affecting his shot:
“when I shoot it feels like the ball is coming off the outside of my hand rather then these two fingers where I like it. Something will give eventually. I still feel confident shooting it, and I’m still going to shoot those shots, but eventually its still gonna get there, its just gonna take a little time.”
Re: The missed free throws:
“We’re not gonna win if we miss 16 free throws or whatever it was, that’s terrible.”
Re: People beginning to play Alexey Shved harder:
“Oh no question, they’re gonna do that. I think today was a good experience game for him. Today he got better and he’ll learn there’s a lot of contact he’s gonna have to deal with. It’s okay it was a good experience for him.”