Lakers at Celtics
TD Garden, January 17, 2014
Re: When he decided to name Rajon Rondo captain:
"I never told him. I don’t think it’s a – I mean, maybe it’s something I should have done but I think it’s something you earn through your effort, through your leadership, through your involvement in the community, and all of those things. So, yeah, he earned his captaincy; he didn’t need to be named it by me. That was my thought process."
Re: Being encouraged by Rondo's performance:
"Yeah, I thought he was great. Obviously he’s going to feel – we’ll know more tomorrow about how he feels – but I thought he looked pretty good out there and he was obviously really rusty in the first quarter, but that was to be expected. And then, you know, he got that run in the second quarter and did a lot there, and I thought he made a lot of plays down the stretch. Just came up a little bit short, but I was glad he had the ball."
Re: The last play:
"A wide-open three would’ve been very, very preferable and we got one. So they were going to foul, they were trying to foul. Kelly Olynyk made a really good play by picking (Kendall) Marshall in the front court because that got the guy that was going to foul away from Rondo. Rondo dribbled down, Pau Gasol did a reasonable job challenging it, I thought, but it was still a good look. And just came up a little short."
Re: What he saw from Rondo:
"Just a really good player. He’s going to be able to get back into the flow of things quicker than most, because he’s not taking time to adjust mentally. He’s been studying the game like he’s been out there for the last 40 games instead of just sitting there and doing what a lot of hurt guys do – and that’s not pay as much attention. And he has. So emotionally, mentally, he looked ready to me. And physically I thought he looked fine, too."
Re: Phil Pressey's assist rate:
"You know, sometimes guys just thrive with that extra opportunity. He’s taken advantage of it, and to his credit has really done that. I don’t think we’ve ever lost a game where a team that I’ve coached has had 34 assists and seven turnovers. You shouldn’t lose those nights. But we didn’t defend well enough."
Re: Kelly Olynyk's performance:
"I thought he was good. Took advantage of some matchups in the interior, and then also got his jump shot rolling. But we always say that the game honors tough plays, and his first few baskets were tough, toughness plays. He stole an inbounds, laid it in, got an offensive put-back, you know that kind of gets your rhythm, that makes that jump shots easier when you’ve seen the ball go in a couple of times off those type of actions and plays."
Re: His surprise at being named captain:
"It really didn’t hit me at first. I was just trying to lock in. I just know that I was the last one that was going to be called so I went through the huddle. But after I came back, a couple guys told me, ‘Congrats on being named Captain.’ So I didn’t have a lot of time to take it in; I just wanted to get out there and play to the best of my ability."
Re: His reaction now that he's processed his captaincy:
"I’m just definitely honored, following Paul Pierce who was our last captain, and he held the seat for a long time. And so, it’s definitely something I’m very proud of. I think I’ve earned it, but at the end of the day, you know, it’s not just me as a leader; it’s honestly a lot of guys who lead this team."
Re: How he felt in his return:
"I felt good. I felt pretty good. When I got back in the second quarter I got pretty winded, but that was expected. Other than that, I didn’t feel like I was limited to anything tonight. I missed my first two shots and got on the post and got comfortable and went from there."
Re: Getting into a rhythm after missing so much time:
"Well, Coach and I talked about my minutes, how we were going to spread it out, you know, five minutes a quarter. I think that was the best way to do it. Even though I sat for a while I tried to stay ready mentally, pay attention to the game, the flow of the game. And before, two or three minutes before I was going in, I went and rode on the bike a little bit, but that’s the best that I can do; you can’t really go about it any other way."
Re: How he gets teammates involved:
"I always try to get my teammates involved early. My first two shots I was wide open so I took those looks, but other than that try to get cheated down the post with mismatches. Give Sully (Jared Sullinger), Hump (Kris Humphries) a couple shots, get Jeff (Green), getting Avery (Bradley) going because I can always, I can turn on in transition I can always score three or four buckets right in a row quickly. I always want to try to get my teammates open first."
Re: When he knew he was ready to return:
"Probably Monday. I thought about it on the West Coast - a lot about when I feel I’d be ready. I’ve been playing ball a lot, as far as one-on-one to get my conditioning up and game like moves so the game I played both in Portland I felt pretty good. I knew my wind would be a problem, but I wanted to give it another go playing against a D-League team, and I felt good on Wednesday and I thought Friday would be the day."
Re: His treatment regiment post-game:
"Massage, ice, NormaTec, go home and take a bath in epsom salt. Wake up, get a massage, treatment in the morning and probably do a flush ride tomorrow as far as my legs. When I get on the plane I’ll probably be icing a lot and doing the NormaTec."
Re: Once he gets his rhythm back, what are his expectations:
"I expect to win every night, I compete. I think we have a lot of guys on the team that compete the same way I do. We’re going to be great. We are still finding a rhythm, offense - assess the run in the fourth quarter or even in the first quarter so Brad and I continue to stay on the same page. You know, we missed some shots late in the fourth quarter, but we can’t hang our hats on offense. You know we got to do it defensively and they made an 11-0 run. You know it starts with the point guard."
Re: Coming in late in the fourth after sitting out:
"During that time I felt fine. Coming in the game I tried to prepare myself mentally knowing that I wouldn’t come back in. Brad told me I would probably play in the last six or five minutes of the fourth. I just wanted to go be on the bike around eight minutes and get a flush ride and then now I feel fine. It's only an hour after the game, but I iced, I got a good massage and then will go from there."
Re: Playing with new faces on the team:
"It was no different. I’ve been practicing and playing with these guys for the entire season now, but the actual game was different. I’m still trying to find guys where they like to get their shots, rhythm. They’re still finding where they are going to get the ball from me. It's going to take a little bit of time, but I don’t want to spend too much time trying to figure things out, I’d like to just get it as soon as possible."
Re: The possibility of him playing back-to-back games:
"It's still open. I think it depends on me and how I’m feeling after the Miami game. It's been almost a year after my surgery so it's not like I’ve been rushed or I’m playing within six months. Tonight I felt fine and obviously it will be a different story tomorrow. We will see how I feel, not just my knee but my entire body."
Re: His career night:
"There was a lot of openings, I just tried to stay aggressive. Phil (Pressey) and Rondo (Rajon) and some other guards, Gerald (Wallace) put me in great positions under the basket and all I really had to do was lay it in."
Re: Having a multitude of assists:
"When you start making shots, the floor opens up, people start running to you and it leaves other guys open. Some guys made some great cuts, some guys knocked down some shots and we were just moving the ball and when you move the ball you get assists that you didn’t really work for."
Re: His coach sticking with him down the stretch:
"Obviously I was glad. I want to be out there and play and compete and that confidence is still in me; the ability to take some more shots and try to make some more things happen out there."
Re: Having Rondo back:
"It was good. Just that leadership, that veteran leadership on the floor, that competitiveness. He opens a lot of things up, draws people to him and obviously makes the right plays so its great to have that leadership back and boost the team."
Re: His confidence in the last two games:
"It's me getting out there and believing in myself, my teammates believing in me and I just feel like the more I play out there the more comfortable I get."
Re: Being able to set his teammates up:
"Yeah, you could say that. I love to pass and that’s one of the things I’ve been gifted with is court vision. Some guys shoot, some guys are athletic and I really feel passing is my gift so I try to do that as best as I can."
Re: The two-man game between himself and Kelly Olynyk:
"Kelly (Olynyk) is a smart player. Me and him have a connection where if he has a guy set off I can find him more; I’m starting to find where he likes the ball; he can shoot the ball; he’s a great finisher. He helps me out a lot."
Re: Having 19 assists in the last two games:
"I just have to keep going out there and believing in myself. Keep focusing on the coaches want me to do, playing defense and the rest will take care of itself."
Re: The key to the late-game win:
"Oh, we had some big shots. Ryan Kelly played well and (we had) our defense setting up a bit."
Re: Pau Gasol in the first and second halves:
"He (Gasol) does what he does. He can score, and we got the ball to him pretty well. The first half the problem was defense. We just got to step it up. There is a lot of times we just don’t do it and finally toward the end we got better."
Re: Offensive rebounding down the stretch:
"We played a little bit hard, we did, with the right guys in there. The biggest thing that hurt us was over 20 turnovers - and they scored about 30 points off of them. Every night that’s what we are giving up. We have to get better and play the way we need to play."
Re: L.A. being aggressive in the fourth:
"Yeah I felt so, especially at the end. We did a better job, we still have to do better. Let’s not get carried away, it's one night, and let’s see if we can repeat it."
Re: Notching career highs in all categories:
"It was an incredible experience for me. That’s the type of player I know I am. I’ve been feeling things out a little bit and I shot the ball with confidence, my teammates found me in good positions and the most important thing is we got a win. We were sliding there a little bit and we got to take this win and grow from it."
Re: The turnaround in the fourth quarter:
"We really wanted to win. That sounds cheesy, but we needed it and we made the plays that made the difference; getting the big rebounds. Just making really good plays and that Kendall (Marshall) three in the corner, that might have been the big shot of the game. We made those big plays."
Re: What the Lakers can take from the win:
"I think we did a much better job. We talked before the last few games about getting back in transition and really having a sense of urgency to do that and to defensive rebound. We did enough of that to win and I think we can keep improving with those things. That’s going to be the difference when it comes down to it. We got to do those two things; those are the things that have been hurting us."
Re: Los Angeles' recent play:
"I’ve been here for it. We felt all those losses and it got to the point where we just had to put our foot down. First of all we’d like to have Nick (Young) with us, but I think he kind of lit a fire under us that last game and he got us going."
Re: Closing out the game:
"Came down to getting stops. We hadn’t had a problem scoring at all. Late in that fourth quarter we found a way to get stops, which was huge for us."
Re: The dust-up with Phoenix last game:
"We’re past that. We squashed it. I’m just happy that we were able to come out here and play well. It wasn’t just me and Ryan (Kelly); Pau (Gasol) had a great game, Wes (Johnson) hit some big shots, he was big on the boards, Jodie (Meeks) same thing. I think this was a great team effort."