Re: How the team feels about Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett's milestones:
"Well I think they’re tired of it. It just feels like every game we’re clapping. It feels like one of those two, or JET, somebody’s passing something. Every night. No, they make a joke of it but it’s really cool. When you pass a (Charles) Barkley and a (Jerry) West, those names – that’s pretty impressive. I mean, Kevin just passed The Logo. When you think of it in those terms it’s pretty remarkable what he’s doing."
Re: The milestones' importance to Pierce and Garnett:
"Kevin, you will never know, because he won’t let you. And Paul, it’s a little, but I think they take it in stride. Maybe that’s why they’re so good; I think it’s what they expect... If one of us in this room passed Jerry West we’d be having a party after the game tonight. But to them, I think it’s part of their journey."
Re: Jeff Green becoming the player Doc wants him to be:
"Yeah, but I also kept things in perspective, that he sat out a year, and I just think it takes time. We’re still working with him to be even more consistent. He has these big games sometimes and okay games... He wants to be the McDonalds. You know what you’re getting every time. Same quality. Every single time. Fries are always good."
Re: Avery Bradley's defense affecting his opponents:
"Well, he’s just good at it. It’s like Scottie Pippen. When you played the Bulls, you were praying that, ‘I hope he guards the other guy tonight.’ Because he was one of those guys that can guard 1, 2 or 3. And you were hoping, ‘Okay, I hope…’ I mean, how rare is it that you want Michael (Jordan) to guard you? Over Scottie. And I’m thinking that’s Avery, and even Courtney (Lee). Courtney’s a good defender as well, but they’re probably thinking, ‘I’ll take him over him.’ And his feet are so good. I mean, he stays in front of the ball, he gets up into it, and it’s big for us. He’s really making us a better us a better defensive team."
Re: Passing Charles Barkley on the NBA's all-time scoring list:
“I just come here night in and night out and do the things I do to make history. I’m happy. And when you pass a guy like (Charles) Barkley, one of the greatest players that ever played the game, says a lot."
Re: Setting records alongside Garnett:
"It’s an honor just being out there with Kevin. It feels like at this point Kevin is passing somebody every other night. It’s like every other game right now we’re standing up and giving him an ovation. It just goes to show you about his longevity, his hard work, him being one of the greats, and continuing to do it on a consistent basis.”
Re: Garnett's career:
"Kevin could accomplish anything he ever wanted to do because he has that will, that determination. For him to be where he’s at is pretty remarkable because it’s more than just scoring – he’s tops in so many other categories that it’s unbelievable. He’s a once-in-a-generation type of player. Not a lot of people get a chance to play with that type of player so I’m fortunate that I’ve been able to play with him in these last five, six years. It’s been an honor to watch him each and every day – how he prepares, how he comes to work every day, his approach – is something we all can learn from.”
Re: Becoming the 15th all-time leading scorer in NBA history:
“I’m flattered to be honest. When they told me I passed Wes Unseld I was at a loss for words. You guys have no idea what I was like as a kid. I didn’t have all the magazines but for some reason I had all the pictures that were in the magazines. I don’t know how I was able to acquire that. That’s another story. I just fantasized, mimicked, appreciated - all the things that a young kid does when he’s creating heroes, when he’s creating stories in his head. Anything to generate any type of motivation. I guess at times to generate a distraction. Anytime I used it for inspiration through a hard day. So when you guys are telling me that I’m surpassing somebody that I used for these different reasons, it’s another form of feeling. It’s another form of emotion. Someday I’ll probably sit back and actually think about and it’ll probably mean something, but the one word I just keep thinking about is that I’m flattered. Because without those people, those players who’ve created our history, made our league what it is - for younger guys like myself to follow in the path, it wouldn’t be no Kevin Garnetts, it wouldn’t be any of the yesteryears, so I’m flattered."
Re: Pierce passing Barkley:
"We make a joke around here that every other two days someone’s making history. It’s not a bad joke to be a part of, though.”
Re: Seeing Pierce accomplish what he's accomplished:
“What you all don’t know is that Paul and I have history and it’s only right that we come in here and we make history together. 13, 14, tearing up his Mom’s living room, breaking vases... Then finally being able to follow our dreams. McDonalds, having some duration together, trying to go to the same school then obviously going different paths then finally meeting up here in Boston, winning a championship, doing the things we’ve been doing since we’ve been here. 20,000 points, surpassing people we watched when we grew up and everything, obviously idolizing – it’s special. It’s best to do it with a personal friend. Not just a teammate but a real friend. Someone that knows you, knows your family, knows where you come from and vice versa. Knows the things that motivate you and push you. I always tell people I’ve got the greatest seat in the house to watch one of the best players in NBA history put the ball in the basket every night. It’s special to be able to do it with him.”
Re: The difference between last night's game and tonight's:
“We came out and we threw the first punch tonight. Last night they caught us off guard a little bit and we didn’t execute the way we usually do. Our defense sets – we lacked in a couple of them. A couple times last night they ran the ball up and got lay-ups and that’s something we pride ourselves on is not giving teams lay-ups, even though tonight Toronto got a couple of them – a couple dunks that is. But like I said, we threw the first punch tonight."
Re: Avery Bradley's defense and its effect on his opponents:
"Hey listen, he does that in practice every day. At one point it was me and him guarding each other every day, so we were frustrating each other. I feel what the other point guards go through, and that’s them going at a high level for 48 minutes.”
Re: The turning point in the game:
“We had a four point game in the third quarter and I think it was 60-56, and then we let frustration set in. We haven’t been getting calls all year and that frustrates us, and we can’t let it happen. But again, when a team turns it up like that we have got to turn back our fire and get back into them. And I thought that was the difference in the game. They turned up the heat and we didn’t respond, and that was the difference in the game.”
Re: His young players and their development:
“We have two rookies out there and again, they are learning, both of them are trying, working on it. Jonas is learning every new situation, Terrence the same thing. So again, this is part of the growth process and we have young guys in situations those things will happen. But that was not us, as far as the fight at the end of the game. I mean we’ve got to continue to fight, scrap, because that’s part of building to, because we don’t want to become immune or numb to letting people do what they want to us."
Re: The Boston Celtics being a team to emulate:
“They’re exactly what we’re going to be, scraping to be, building to be. Again, they’re two hall of famers, one passed Jerry West, Garnett did on the all-time scoring list. So they’re at the top level. But again, that game right there was not us, that’s not how we want to approach the game.”
Re: What swung the game in the Celtics' favor:
“We kept putting them on the line, we kept having defensive miscoverages… That’s what killed us.”
Re: Boston's bounce-back performance after last night's game:
“Yeah, especially with a bench of a team like that. They didn’t have Paul Pierce last night, with him coming back, you know they were gonna come out swinging, and they did."
Re: The frustration of not getting foul calls:
“It's tough, especially when it continues to happen over and over. It just gets frustrating, you know sometimes you seem like you try to find a way to try to play out of it, just be tough. You know, sometimes we may let it get to us, and that may affect us next time down.”
Re: Playing through a slump and playing physical:
“You gotta be a pro. Not everything goes your way, but obviously, people are human. This is basketball. Basketball is physical."
Re: What the Celtics did to put the game away:
“They went on a run. A huge run. That’s what they did. They scored a lot of points, we didn’t score enough. That’s our defense, and their offense.”
Re: Him potentially battling injury:
“If I dress and am out there with the guys, you know whatever I’m going through, I have to give up. It's all about the team and when I go out there, I don’t want anyone to think I'm trying to push through anything. I’m ready to go, nothing hindering me.”