That's What He Said - Celtics at Mavericks
Celtics at Mavericks
American Airlines Center, March 17, 2014
Re: Jerryd Bayless in the fourth quarter:
"He was great. He gave us a chance to win. That’s two games in a row that we’ve been down 10 with six minutes left to go, came back and given ourselves a chance to win. It’s a credit to the guys in the locker room, obviously. Playing without (Rajon) Rondo, I thought Jerryd played fantastic, especially in that fourth quarter."
Re: The Celtics' record against the West this season:
"Other than the obvious, I think we played well in certain games and haven’t played well in others. But to come in here and have a chance, when we were a little bit short handed from a roster standpoint, and then doing that on the tail end of an overtime game where we had a chance, I feel like a broken record talking about silver linings, but that would be the one silver lining."
Re: Managing expectations when he knows what his team is capable of:
"When you’re in coaching you look at expectations but you think in terms of perfection with what people are capable of, knowing that it’s not attainable. Every open shot looks good or feels good, or, if you work right to get it, that’s all you can do. And then defensively, if you make one mistake, that’s one mistake that you could have corrected, right? So, that’s the one part in coaching, the expectations will never equal what the coach is looking for. I am frustrated by our lack of success but I am not frustrated by our effort. Our effort was pretty high level again. They are really giving it everything they have. The Mavericks size and length caught up with us on a number of occasions, offensively and defensively, and was probably the overall difference in the game, but our guys battled, came up with a bunch of loose balls and did a good job."
Re: What changed in the fourth quarter:
"Nothing particular, I just made a couple of shots. I think we were fighting and battling well. I think everyone played well, but we weren’t able to pull it off tonight."
Re: How frustrating it is to lose two close games back-to-back:
"It’s frustrating, but it is what it is. We have to continue to fight through it. I think once we get (Rajon) Rondo back and I’m not sure who else was missing tonight, but we need to continue to play together. Once we get him back I think we’ll continue to play good."
Re: Boston's ability to fight back from large deficits:
"We’re not giving up. Obviously the season hasn’t gone as expected, but we’re not going to give up and everyone is going to continue to compete every night."
Re: How he maintained his aggressiveness:
"I was just picking my spots. I think we have a lot of guys that can score on this team and depending on who has it going that night. It’s not something I’m going to continue to press, but if I get a good look I’m going to take it."
Re: The game:
"Our bench was big for us. We had a lot of guys chip in and help, which was good. The big play at the end (block by Vince Carter) was big because they’re right there -- it’s a one-possession game. It’s a good win. The biggest problem we were having out there was rebounding. They had 21 offensive rebounds, which is an astronomical number. It’s too many, obviously. They charge after it pretty aggressively, and we didn’t do a good job there, but we survived it. We didn’t shoot it great, but overall, we did enough to win. We won three of the four quarters. We had a dry third quarter, but they didn’t score all that well themselves that quarter either. Pretty typical, both teams playing back-to-back type game."
Re: The play of Devin Harris:
"The loose ball play that Harris made was the play of the game. It was just a phenomenal play going down after the ball and then in one motion swiping it up and throwing it ahead to Nowitzki. He finished it off and the crowd was into it. They just kept coming back at us. They’ve got some young, aggressive guys that are hungry and they were hitting shots. It was tough sailing defensively in the second half, but we survived."
Re: Monta Ellis' performance:
"Monta had timely playmaking, timely shot making – the three in the left corner was probably the biggest basket of the game because they were in the midst of a big run. That kept them at bay, somewhat, and he made big free throws down at the end. He took three charges, I think. That’s doing a lot. He was tired tonight because he’s still getting over whatever the illness is. He didn’t feel well last night, but he’s doing a little better today. It’s tough playing two nights in a row when you’re not feeling good."
Re: The Mavericks having to 'create their own energy' in the game:
"Yes we did. We knew it was going to be a dog fight. But we stuck with it, made plays down the stretch when we needed, got defensive stops and got rebounds and came away with the win."
Re: Feeling like the game was in control when his team was up by 15 points:
"No, I never thought that. They (Boston) have been playing like this the whole season. They always play the whole 48 minutes so we knew they were going to come back and make a run, but we took their bunch and made plays down the stretch and came out with the win."
Re: Whether Avery Bradley's steal was a foul or not:
"I mean it can go both ways, but at the end of the day we came out with the win."
Re: Dallas' defensive stands to end the game:
"It was big and they got two offensive rebounds and then he (Vince Carter) blocked the shot and we came up with the ball and Trix (Shawn Marion) and knocked down two free throws to seal the game."