That's What He Said

Pistons at Celtics
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Doc Rivers

Re: Jeff Green's performance:

"I just think he’s been aggressive; he’s become more efficient. I think one part of his game that’s opening up: he’s starting to make the elbow shots. Early in his career, even most of this year, basically it was either the corners or to the basket. And now he’s starting to make those shots on the elbows, which have been very good for us. And I think he’s being – he’s aggressive but he’s also being patient as well. I think him and Paul (Pierce) are trying to figure each other out, and who has the matchup."

Re: What's changed for Green:

"I just think he’s playing now. I don’t think he worries about who’s on the floor with him or anything like that. I do think that takes time though, when you’re playing with Paul and Kevin (Garnett) and (Rajon) Rondo earlier in the year. I think that’s hard. You see those three guys and you tend to think, ‘Do I, should I be aggressive?’ We still want him to push the ball more, and when he rebounds – you know, he did it the one time, it was a big play for us – I think we had four or five more we thought he could have done it. So we’ve got to work on that. But overall he’s been great for us."

Re: Detroit's advantage on the inside:

"Listen, they had 25 offensive rebounds. The fact – we won a game when a team had, what was it 25? 25 offensive rebounds, they had 22 more shots than us, and they had more free throws than us. When you just look at those numbers – we shot the hell out of the ball. We were over 50%, and they didn’t shoot the ball very well. They shot 37%. So that’s why we won. You know it’s funny, defensively, you could make a case that we had an unbelievable defensive night. They took 22 more shots than you did, and you still outscored them. That means you had to do a lot of good things defensively, and then offensively you have too be too efficient. And we were."

Re: Brandon Bass doing the little things:

"He really is. You know, hell, maybe the blessing is without Kevin we’ve removed the security blanket. And Brandon – he has to be the talker on defense now. He has to do the things. It’s great: he was upset at someone early in the game because they were in the wrong position, and I was thinking, ‘Wow, that’s really new. And that’s really nice.’ That’s good, so maybe it’s a blessing."


Paul Pierce

Re: How it feels to clinch a spot in the playoffs:

"We knew we were a playoff team before the season started, you know despite the injuries and everything. Right now we just want to focus on continuing to play well going into the playoffs."

Re: This being a frustrating win:

"Well, yeah. We had a 14-point lead there late in the third. With like a minute to go they trimmed it to 7. You know I think we just made things a little more difficult than they were supposed to be. Guys have got to be ready when they come in the game, to step up. I thought we let them back into the game a little too easy. They out-rebounded us, they pushed us around. The one constant I say we can have regardless if our shots fall is our defensive rebounding and we didn’t just do a good job in that department tonight."

Re: Green being a go-to option now:

"You have seen a lot of flashes of that this year. A lot of times teams come into this game really focused on what I’m trying to do and the scouting report. And you’ve got a guy like Jeff who can put up big numbers like that, who can take over like that. It’s fun, it’s fun to watch and to be a part of."


Avery Bradley

Re: The tempo of the game:

"I feel like we’ve been doing this all season. You know, playing up and down, in spurts playing basketball. I think it was in the third quarter we weren’t playing the right way, got the lead, you know we’ve got to keep continuing to move the ball. If we stop moving the ball for a second then they showed, they started coming back."

Re: Boston's confidence heading into the postseason:

"Very confident. I’m confident in our coaches, I know they’ll get us prepared. Not only them but our leaders. They’re going to make sure everybody knows what they’re doing when they get on the court."

Re: How the C's will spend the next two weeks heading into the playoffs:

"Taking steps forward every single game. Executing our plays, getting our defensive coverages right. Me personally continuing to get better every single day. And I know my teammates we want to prove as a team to be the best team we can be going into the playoffs."


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Lawrence Frank

Re: Detroit's last possession that got Brandon Knight a 3-point attempt:

"the good thing is it all started with Greg [Monroe]. Greg drove, forced help, skip pass. Open shot, touch pass. Open shot, touch pass. Kept on going, you know Charlie is one of our highest percentage 3-point shooters, obviously some of the shots didn’t go tonight, but there was great trust. We had a great look at it."

Re: Jeff Green's level of play:

"Jeff’s as a starter, averaging 21 points a game, 19 over his last 10. You know Jeff’s a very, very good player, and I think what you’ve seen, he got off to a tough start this year and obviously he had major, major life-threatening surgery last year. And obviously Jeff is a high-character guy, so you kind of always like, 'Well I didn’t like to see him do well tonight,' but by and large, every other game you pull for him, especially with what he went through."

Re: On Jonas Jerebko asserting himself more:

"Well look, Jonas just has to play with energy. The points never really tell the story with Jonas’ game. It’s just play with energy, effort, hustle plays. Make simple plays, don’t, you know, it’s not like we’re gonna run a ton of plays for Jonas, but just make plays within the structure and just stay organized and disciplined."


Charlie Villanueva

Re: His missed shots, and if he'd take them again:

"I’ll take them any time. Just a rough night for me offensively. Couldn’t buy a basket. Seemed like there was a lid on the rim for me. Got some good looks, just missed them, and my teammates did a great job of finding me and kept finding me and I give them all the praises. I feel like I let them down."

Re: Series of missed opportunities down the stretch:

"It was one of those nights. Offensively it seemed it was hard for us to score but we fought back. We were down 16, 18 in the third and those five guys that were out there did pretty well in getting us back into the game. We just missed some key buckets down the stretch."

Re: Jeff Green's performance:

"He’s a versatile player. He can do a little bit of everything. Post up, he’s very agile, he’s quick - He’s a good player."


Greg Monroe

Re: How tough the loss is:

"Definitely tough. We definitely had some great looks coming down the stretch at the end of the game. Makeable shots. Peoples’ shots that they’re very comfortable making, and I would take those shots any night of the week."

Re: Missed opportunities across the board:

"I had a couple turnovers that were big. Like I said, those are shots that I would take any night of the week. They missed them, but I would take those shots any night of the week. It’s tough losing like this but guys showed a lot of fight, guys showed a lot of effort."

Re: The team's growth:

"We’ve had a lot of growth. What we have to do is avoid getting down 18. Maybe we’ll have a better chance. Like I said, guys fought through it, they didn’t let it get by. We took control of the game. Not all the way, but we definitely got back into the game. We had a good chance to win."