Re: Being concerned about playing without Kevin Garnett:
"I’m always concerned, yeah. I thought we played great. I thought the defense was really good; cut off a lot of dribble penetration. I thought we did just a terrific job on the boards. They crushed us there. So the three areas we were concerned with was transition, I thought we did well, dribble penetration, and rebounding. And then we shot the ball well."
Re: What changed in the second half:
"I thought our pace, you know, I told our guys, we had 50 and I thought – I felt – like we should have 60. And I just thought, I said I thought we gave up on 10-15 breaks that I thought we had, and we gave up on them. We just kind of went into the walk-it-up or middle pace, and I said just push it up every single time and see what we can get. If nothing’s there, then we have time to run it. Run our set. And I thought we scored a ton in early – it’s not called fast-break points, but to us it is."
Re: Gerald Henderson:
"He loves us. If this is a contract year, I think he should just show Celtic games. And he’ll make a lot of money. Because he’s been phenomenal against us, and he started out like he was going to have another career night. Then I thought our guys pretty much had him in check, but I also thought it was more the team. I think individually, for whatever reason, we struggle guarding him."
Re: Pierce being underrated:
"He’s always been underrated. I think he’s been underrated his whole career. I underrated him. You know, really. I told you that. When I coached in Orlando every time he scored I mean, I was so upset because I thought this slow, non-athletic guy, you look at him, you think. ‘How the hell was he scoring on you.’ And then when you coach him you realize he’s not slow, he plays at a slow pace. He’s athletic as heck, he’s stronger than most small forwards in the league, and he just surprises you with his fundamentals. You know he’s so fundamentally sound he actually looks un-athletic. And it’s a heck of a compliment to a player."
Re: Playing just 23 minutes:
“Well that’s good. We can come out and have a good win like this, that means everybody on the team is doing their job, what we were supposed to do against the Bobcats."
Re: Owing the Bobcats a game like tonight's:
"I mean it wasn’t a sense of we owed then one, it was a sense of we have to play better against them, keep playing well at home. I think we got a good group right now, outside the Bobcat game in their building, it wasn’t about them. Its not like it’s a rivalry, I said that before, its about us playing well and playing the right way."
Re: Putting the game away in the second half:
"I think defensively we started putting together stops. They were scoring with us because of our turnovers early, and we gave them easy opportunities. I thought second half we ran the ball a lot better, rebounded the ball a lot better, and it provided easy opportunities for us. So when we play that way, to go along with defensive stops, were a tough team to beat.”
Re: How difficult it is to mesh without much practice time:
“It's tough, but you know it's part of being a professional, part of being mature, something you have to do if you want to be able to play high-level basketball. It's something that these guys have helped all the new guys out with tremendously. There's a lot of new guys, new faces now, and everyone has been very helpful and we couldn’t have done it without them."
Re: How the team responded to Tuesday night's loss:
"It really wasn’t talked about until they started showing film this morning at shootaround and Paul was like, ‘We don’t even need to watch it, we know what we need to do.’ We were embarrassed, now it's time to return the favor.”
Re: Owing Charlotte a game like this:
“Of course. They whooped us back at their place, so we wanted to come out, be aggressive and send the message."
Re: Keeping Henderson in check:
"Well last game he got to the free throw line a lot, this game we put a body between him and the basket and make every shot for him tough, and we did a good job of that.”
Re: Pierce racking up assists:
"We gotta move the ball. When you get a threat like him on the offensive end, youre gonna create a lot of tension. He was just finding teammates and did a great job of making baskets when he had the ball.”
Re: The Bobcats' performance:
“Well I thought defensively it was pretty disappointing. I think we’re a better defensive team, we proved that the last time we played them. So I think we were a little lose there, points in the paint and rebounding was an issue. Offensively, we became a jump shooting team, we’re a run team, we’re a paint team.”
Re: Dealing with Paul Pierce:
“Well there are three things in terms of the offensive side of the ball and he plays up top and they use the pick and roll up there nice and when he’s not going up top then he’ll post you. And the third part of his game are easy baskets, free throws. He’s inevitably going to get to the free throw line, he’s much like Melo, he’s diverse in how he does things. And like you pointed out, he can get some cheap ones off the offensive boards. The other thing is is that he’s obviously going to be a Hall of Famer. And two is that he just settles the entire team down. He has a calm disposition. He doesn’t get too high or too low. And that’s been his career. He’s just a salty dog warrior."
Re: Playing the Celtics just four days ago:
“They had an emotion to them. They didn’t like losing to us twice and they showed that. The other plus that everybody in this league has is that they were waiting on us. We had a game last night so it was a double whammy in that form. Nonetheless I think their tradition stands today, they’re a playoff team and they know that taking a minus is a big game for them in terms of that, and it allowed us to feel some playoff pressure.”
Re: Expecting the C's to come out with more energy than Tuesday:
“Absolutely. That’s a team with pride. They’re better than what they played like the other day. We also did have a good night that night as well, so you know they’re going to have a lot of energy coming in. And you know, the first quarter was even. We knew it was going to be a first quarter game especially because of the energy they were going to have. But we just couldn’t sustain that throughout the game.”
Re: Boston's defense in the third quarter:
“They came out and I think they scored 30-some odd points in the third quarter. We didn’t play that good of defense. We gave up the rim and they were able to get out in transition and also hit their threes. We just couldn’t keep up with them offensively either. We settled for a lot of jump shots and we didn’t get to the rim like we want to."