That's What He Said - Regular Season: Celtics vs. Heat

That's What He Said
Miami Heat 80, Boston Celtics 88 - Oct. 26, 2010

Boston Celtics

Doc Rivers

Doc Rivers

Re: What was said at halftime:
“I told our guys at halftime I knew their defense was going to be good but they missed some shots, too. I told them at halftime I was not happy defensively because they did not have a lot of points, but I thought they had good looks, and we can't play on luck. We want to be a great defensive team.”

Re: Was it as fun as anticipated:
“It was a big game. It was a fun game. We play Cleveland tomorrow, but it was a fun game. They're going to be a lot better when we see them again, and hopefully we are, as well.”

Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett

Re: How big this game was:
“I just said to Paul as we were coming in here, I said, are we in The Finals already? You know? But it did have a lot of hype on it. A lot of good personnel on both teams, a lot of outstanding personnel. But to us it's about getting better and defending home court. Tonight was just that.”

Re: Miami's Big Three:
“Paul has his hands full, I have my hands full, Ray Allen had his hands full. Those three are going to be a force to be reckoned with. With know that. Very talented guys, but it's not one, two, three individuals that make a team. It definitely sets the foundation.”

Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce

Re: Ray Allen's knack for hitting big 3s:
“I've been a witness of it the last three years, and he's one of the best players that I've ever played with. It's an honor just to be able to step on the court with him night in and night out. You've got a guy that can take that kind of pressure off you, it's an amazing feeling. I don't know if you guys realize it, but Ray, he's hit so many game winners for us and so many clutch shots for us, we have confidence to get him the ball in these situations. He delivers nine times out of ten..”

Re: Shaquille O'Neal's presence:
“ think the numbers don't really tell you how big he is for us because I remember at one point in the game going to Ray, I think it was the third quarter, we looked up and we were six minutes and in the bonus because Shaq drew about four or five fouls. We're not a team that usually gets in the bonus that early, and that's the presence that he brings.”

Miami Heat

Erik Spoelstra

Erik Spoelstra

Re: Positives to take from this game:
“Probably the only positive is the fact that ‑‑ come on, if you're shooting 27 percent, it's about as poor as you can shoot offensively in the first half and you still have a chance grinding to get it to seven, you make some big plays, at least that's a grind‑out mentality that you need in this league.”

Re: The way Dwyane Wade and LeBron James played together:
“In practice it's looked a lot different than this, and they've looked terrific playing together. I think everybody was just a little bit anxious and wanting to make it work so much. But they've had stretches where they're so unselfish, they're underrated off the ball, and there's many different ways they can be effective.”

Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade

Re: What is different about this team:
“Well, the hostile crowd is fine. We've played in hostile environments before, so that's respect. We come out on the court and we get the boos, that's respect to this ballclub. More than anything, just getting used to everything, getting used to playing with each other, getting used to the ‑‑ the attention this team is going to have on them, getting used to a lot of things that are not so popular, as well.”

LeBron James

LeBron James

Re: Miami's stars not being too unselfish:
"We have to understand we can't be too unselfish because we have so many options. We just have to play our game and it's going to be better for the team.”

Boston Celtics 112, Miami Heat 107 - Nov. 11, 2010

Boston Celtics

Doc Rivers

Doc Rivers

Re: Why Boston's offense was so effective:
“We had twenty or thirty plays where there were six, seven, eight, or nine passes in the possession. The ball was hopping, and the ball didn’t stick. That’s all we talked about yesterday. We were not talking about playing Miami, we were talking about a good Celtic team is a good ball movement team.”

Re: More on the offense:
“I thought tonight was the first night where we had complete trust in the next pass. When you do that there is no guarantee you are going to win, but it is guaranteed someone’s going to get an open shot.”

Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O'Neal

Re: Boston's physicality:
“We wanted to bring that physical presence to the game. We are not one of those teams that need to use other teams as a measuring stick. We know what we are capable of. We match up well with any team.”

Ray Allen

Ray Allen

Re: Getting open looks at the basket:
“It seems like it is a cycle of events that take place, especially when Rondo penetrates the paint. At anytime you have four shooters on the floor. You have to give something up.”

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo

Re: Boston's offense and the game's atmosphere:
“It was how we moved the ball tonight; consistent possessions, play after play. It was a lot of fun. I love this type of atmosphere. I love the pressure.”

Miami Heat

Erik Spoelstra

Erik Spoelstra

Re: Boston's hot start to the game:
“They played so well out of the gate. It just got us on our heels and then we were a little slow after that.”

Re: How great the Celtics played:
“Tonight they simply out executed us, carved us up and exploited us. It paralyzed us. The things that we had been doing well, we were kind of caught watching. We’re better than this. Our guys understand that. We just have to continue to work to get better.”

Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade

Re: Ray Allen's shooting performance:
“He can shoot. He is in great shape. He is always on the move and he shoots the ball very well. I watch a lot of games and I don’t really see him shoot as well against other teams as he does against us.”

LeBron James

LeBron James

Re: His team's current state:
"I think it’s a reality now. Initially, when the team was assembled, you’re excited and you know how good it can be. These tests, right here, show us how far we have to go.”

Re: Being patient with the process of developing as a team:
"It can be frustrating. You try to rush the process. We just can’t do that. We have to accept this process and understand that no matter how much talent that we have, this is a team game and it’s going to take a while for us to be a complete team.”

Miami Heat 82, Boston Celtics 85 - Feb. 13, 2011

Boston Celtics

Doc Rivers

Doc Rivers

Re: Winning despite so many injuries:
“It was obviously a huge win for us, with all the stuff we have going on. You know, you think about the injuries; you know Nate (Robinson) had said he wasn’t going to play right literally five minutes before the game, and then came up and said he wanted to give it a go. Paul (Pierce) said he felt awful. And so, you know, we literally were thinking at one point, ‘We’re not going to have enough bodies to play this game.’ And to gut it out was great.”

Re: The contrast of play between the starters and bench:
“The bench won the game in the first half. They got us back into it. You know, it was amazing watching the two units play; the first unit was kind of dragging, obviously, and I thought all of them except for Rondo – and then the second unit comes in and we don’t change anything; they just – everything was quicker, harder, more desperate. And they made things happen. I thought in a role-reversal they showed the first unit how we were going to have to win this game. And then I thought our first unit took it from there.”

Re: Rajon Rondo defending LeBron James:
“It was Rondo’s idea. Really what it was, was that we just – I told him to pressure the ball, and he took that whoever brought it up. I didn’t mean that. He took it that way and then I stayed with it. He actually during a time-out thought we were going to switch back, and when I didn’t say anything he was surprised. Because I liked it.”

Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce

Re: The importance of this game:
“Today was just another game, by no means do I take anything away from Miami because it is mid-February. They’re going to be a different team in March, April, in the more important months when we’ll probably have to see them again.”

Von Wafer

Von Wafer

Re: Winning despite Paul Pierce scoring only one point:
“If you had told me that he was going 0-10 before the game I thought chances we slim. It doesn’t surprise me (the win) because we’re loaded, we have a lot of guys that can play.”

Miami Heat

Erik Spoelstra

Erik Spoelstra

Re: Playing against the Boston Celtics:
“They are defending Eastern Conference champions; you have to go through them and they ain’t gonna make it easy. So we understand that this isn’t going to be, you know, an easy ride for us and that’s where we’re at our best: we’re able to be objective and figure things out and have a breakthrough.”

LeBron James

LeBron James

Re: Comparing losing to the Celtics to losing to Detroit in the mid-2000s:
"I have the same feeling right now as I had when I was in my third and four year and we played Detroit, and we just could not get over the hump. Regular season and playoffs, we couldn’t get over the hump.”

Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade

Re: Miami's defensive performance:
“Third quarter wasn’t Miami Heat basketball defensively, we let them go on something like a 23-2 run or something crazy. But defensively you know it got us back in the game, we were able to get some shots and give ourselves a chance to win. That’s all you can ask for on the road, against a very good home team, we were right there just couldn’t get over the hump.”

Re: Losing to the Celtics yet again:
“This is classic, typical, bigger brothers, you got to get over it. I’ve been through it before; Lebron’s been through it before with the Pistons. You look down the line, everyone has been through it, MJ went through it with the Pistons back in the day. You got to get over the hump, and we’re getting close and close but we’re not there yet, so we continue to learn from it.”

Boston Celtics 77, Miami Heat 100 - April 10, 2011

Boston Celtics

Doc Rivers

Doc Rivers

Re: What changed in Boston's play throughout the game:
“We came out, and I loved what we were doing. We kept the game simple. Then all of a sudden we went in that stretch where every play had to be brilliant. Throwing lobs to J.O. (Jermaine O’Neal), and cross court passes where they are intercepted. I thought that just gave them (the Miami HEAT players) life.”

Re: The danger of allowing the Heat to get out in transition:
“You can’t turn the ball over against them (the Miami HEAT) because that gives them transition. (Dwyane) Wade was tough alone in transition last year, and LeBron (James) was tough alone in Cleveland. Now you put them together and you’ve turned the ball over now you should just stay here and take the two points.”

Re: Boston coming out hot and then playing poorly
“We played for seven minutes to start the game, I turn to Lawrence (Frank) and say ‘Oh this is the Celtics’ and then, bam it was gone.”

Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce

Re: Comparing the two teams' offensive performance:
“We just went away from what we were doing best – moving the ball and making the extra pass. Today was all about a great, grind game, and they won that war. At one point, I was watching from the bench at the way they were passing the ball and thought ‘that’s the way we usually play.' ”

Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett

Re: The development of the Miami Heat:
“They showed some resilience when we took the lead. They were able to take the punch. The things they’ve been through throughout the year, it seems as though they have gathered some tough skin and figured out a way to show resilience and play through tough times, and it showed tonight.”

Jeff Green

Jeff Green

Re: Issues Boston experienced during the game:
“On the offensive glass they killed us. We were not alert to a lot of things. It’s too late for excuses. We have to find a way to correct it, and fast.”

Ray Allen

Ray Allen

Re: Comparing the two teams' offenses:
“Offensively, they did what they wanted to do. Offensively, we’ve been in a rut of not scoring points.”

Miami Heat

Erik Spoelstra

Erik Spoelstra

Re: The start of the game:
“About half way through that first quarter, the way the game was going, it looked like the same old song. It looked like we were falling into the same routine against Boston where we were just not playing well, not playing sharp, and they’re knocking down shots. It staggered us. We were hit in the face during the first four minutes.”

Re: LeBron James' play:
“We had a very good offensive game from LeBron. He was efficient. He was attacking. He was aggressive, but he also controlled the offense.”

LeBron James

LeBron James

Re: His team's defense:
"I have the same feeling right now as I had when I was in my third and four year and we played Detroit, and we just could not get over the hump. Regular season and playoffs, we couldn’t get over the hump.”

Re: Boston's defense:
"Dwyane and I tried to break down as much film as we could on this team. They do a great job of trying to keep you out of the paint, and we know when we drive they pack the paint a lot.”

Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade

Re: Finally beating Boston:
“It was a playoff atmosphere type of game. It had that feel. For one game we got over the hump.”

Re: His defensive performance and duties:
“I have proven that I can put up points on any team. Tonight it wasn’t about me putting up points. It was about me doing what I had to do to get my team the victory. I took the challenge defensively to try to chase Ray Allen around on screens.”

Chris Bosh

Chris Bosh

Re: The importance of this victory:
“It is just one game. It has some significance, just trying to get that two seed. It was a game of importance; it was no bigger than that.”

Re: The differences in Boston after its trades:
“They look the same. They move the ball incredibly well; they’re still a great team. Of course, the personnel are a bit different but, the system is the same. They move the ball the same and they still have a big-to-big action. It is just a difference in players.”