"That's What He Said" - First Round, New York Knicks
The Boston Celtics and New York Knicks are longtime rivals and have battled out a four-game regular season series in 2010-11. The Celtics won all four of those matchups, some easier than others, but there is no doubt that nearly every minute of those four games were played with passion and intensity.
We have compiled the best quotes of the season that the two teams said about each other after each of those four games. Some are more jarring than others, but there is one consistent theme: Confidence is not lacking for either of these squads. Enjoy our First Round edition of That’s What He Said.
Oct. 29, 2010 | Boston, MA | Celtics 105, Knicks 101
"Boston is more prepared to execute down the stretch. But I thought our guys played with as much heart as you can play with. Got some big shots, got us a chance to have a little flurry at the end."
- Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni on making a run but eventually losing.
"We played good basketball. We gave them pretty much what they were looking for. We saw their plays, we prepared for them. We did a great job executing. We will better, we have room to improve. Definitely encouraging tonight."
- Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire on his team's performance.
"We played hard, a lot of energy. That made up for a lot of our mistakes. Again, we can watch film and study and learn from this game.."
- Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire on what his team could take from the loss.
"This is a hard team to constantly follow your principles and not give up some shots. But they played well, they hit big shots."
- Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni on the difficulty of defending the Celtics.
"Well, he played well, but I thought Landry Fields did a good job on him. Rondo’s good, and he has a lot of players to finish so that’ll help your assist total, that’s for sure."
- Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni somewhat downplaying Rajon Rondo's 24-assist night.
Dec. 15, 2010 | New York, NY | Celtics 118, Knicks 116
"I think we take away a lot. I told the guys that we had 50, 60 more games left and this was a test. I thought we matched them point for point."
- Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni on how his team matched up with Boston's.
"Amar’e (Stoudemire) was unbelievable. It was a great shot. If it was .05 seconds, it would have been good."
- Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni on Amar'e Stoudemire's near-game-winning shot.
"We had them all night. We played great basketball tonight. They did a good job down the stretch scoring the ball. Other than that, we played great ball."
- Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire on having control of the game until crunch time.
"They are tough. They have great guys down there especially like Kevin Garnett and Big Baby (Glen Davis). They are playing great. We had some tough assignments and we blew a couple of them but we will get better."
- Knicks guard Landry Fields on Boston's big men.
"We definitely earned our respect. I guarantee you that Boston respects us. We are not slouches. We are going to play every single night until the horn goes off and Boston knows it."
- Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire on the respect he believed his team earned from Boston.
"You never enjoy losing, especially game-winners. They tend to linger a little bit longer, but Boston respects us. They know how good we can be and how good we are. We will see them again."
- Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire continuing on the respect factor.
"This is what everyone hopes for. We went through 10 years of not much fun to get to this spot. Now, from here, we get better."
- Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni on the Knicks competing with championship-level teams.
March 21, 2011 | New York, NY | Celtics 96, Knicks 86
"You have to give them (Boston Celtics) credit. They get into you and they make it tough to find a good shot; that’s why they’re competing for a World Championship and that’s what they do."
- Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni on Boston's defense.
"When you get in the playoffs you have to play through it, we don’t have to be as physical, I don’t know if we can be as physical as Boston is, that’s what they do."
- Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni on the Celtics' physicality.
"This is what building camaraderie is all about – times like this where you can’t get over that hump and come together as a team to get better."
- Knicks guard Chauncey Billups on building a team on the fly after a big trade.
"It happened so fast. I think they sped us up a little bit. In that fourth quarter we missed some shots we were making in the first half. For the most part the way we played for three quarters of the game and even some of the fourth quarter, we were obviously making progress."
- Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony on how his team played in the game.
"They are a veteran team that knows when to do what and that’s why they’re a great team and they are what we’re striving to be."
- Knicks guard Chauncey Billups on what the Celtics currently have and the Knicks don't.
"I think we got kind of stagnant offensively. We didn’t quite get into our plays. We didn’t quite get into our rhythm offensively….a lot of tough shots with the clock running low so it’s definitely a little frustrating but I think that in the first half, we showed how good we can be with the style of play that we play."
- Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire his team's offensive struggles in the second half.
April 13, 2011 | Boston, MA | Celtics 112, Knicks 102
"I thought both teams played hard, it was a good workout."
- Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni's take on the overall game.
"Well, we’re going to have to play some defense. We’re going to have to get into them, and the biggest thing is we’re going to have to move the ball. They’re a really good defensive lineup, if we move we’ll find shots and that’s going to be huge."
- Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni on what his team needs to do in the first round of the playoffs.
"You’re playing against a team that has been together for four or five years. You’re playing against a team that has a defensive principal, which makes it difficult to stay on one side. So you have to be focused on moving the ball from side to side to make the defense shift. So it’s tremendous opponent, so we have to stay focused for a whole series, and hopefully just create a surprise."
- Knicks forward/center Ronny Turiaf on the challenges of facing Boston.
"They pride themselves on their defense. And then going out and guarding guys like Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, three hall of fame type guys. And then Rondo coming in on his own too, it’s going to be difficult to try and stay in front of them and make things difficult for them."
- Knicks forward/center Shelden Williams on his former team, the Celtics.