Celtics at 76ers
Wells Fargo Center, April 14, 2014/>
Re: Boston's last possession of the game:
"We were actually pretty spaced if you look at it. We had about 12 seconds left, and we'll take anything at that time. We wanted to get it in to [Rajon] Rondo, and we wanted to slip a pick-and-roll with Avery [Bradley], which we did. That usually causes some confusion when Avery slips out with the ball. They did a great job staying with it. [James] Anderson did a really good job staying with it, and as Kelly [Olynyk] sprinted up, we had a whole lot of space. You can take a two or three at that time, but he was looking for a three, and that’s okay. Then we got jumbled up at the end because the clock was winding down and we didn't have another timeout. They did a good job late of forcing us to go into a second action when they switched everything on the in-bound play, which they did a couple of times late. What you want to do is get the ball in with 15 seconds and make sure that you can get action off of that. I thought we executed okay at different times tonight, but I thought that we certainly didn't get a clean look at the end."
Re: The Celtics needing to learn to win on the road:
"The biggest thing for me is that “home” and “road” should not be a factor from the standpoint of talking points. You have to prepare the same way and compete the same way. You have to make sure that you focus on your task at hand. At home, you can get off track because you get too caught up in the positive emotion and you lose your humility for a second and the other team can go on an 8-0 run. Here, if you respond poorly to adversity, they can go on an 8-0 run. I thought the thing that was encouraging about tonight was that we haven't shown much in the past when coming out of the locker room down like that. We have been down like that only a handful of times, and it’s normally lights out. Tonight, we fought to get back. To our players’ credit, we were down six with 20 seconds to go, it feels like we're out of it, and then all of a sudden we have a chance to tie it on a shot. They've stuck with that all year, playing all the way to the horn."/>
Re: His career-high scoring night:
"There are a couple guys sidelined with injuries, so other guys have to step in and pick up the load. I just figured this would be a good time to do it."
Re: Returning to TD Garden to play the last game of their season:
"Those fans have been phenomenal all year. We've had our struggles and they've been behind us the whole time, which has been unbelievable. I would say they are definitely the best fans in the league. Even with our situation, they still go out and give a whole-hearted effort. We owe it to them to come out and play as hard as we can and try to get one for them."/>
Re: Boston's last possession:
"We were just trying to get a shot off, and it was difficult. We were just trying to win the game, and we ended up falling short. It's unfortunate that the bucket didn't count, but I felt like we had chances to win throughout the game. We just didn't play hard enough consistently. In the first half we didn't play hard enough. In the second half, we picked up our defensive intensity, and I feel like that's why we were able to get back in the game."
Re: Fighting back to have a chance to win:
"We always feel like we have a chance because anything is possible, like when they threw it out of bounds and gave us a chance. We never counted ourselves out. We always felt like we had a chance, and we did at the end of the game."/>
Re: Finishing the season strong:
"I think it’s a good tribute to reward guys who took a lot of hits this year and that were under the microscope more than any of us could have ever imagined, and found ways to stay together. To win here at home and to beat Boston is always a good thing. There’s an element that I felt you want to give them credit because you wanted to close it out with even more strength, and we couldn’t. We missed free throws, [Rajon] Rondo was Rondo, the [Chris] Johnson kid made some shots, but I’m pleased that we were able to find a way to win in front of our home fans for the last home game."
Re: First thing he looks at in the box score of a game like this:
"This one, I go all over the place. I usually go with the gut feel of why we won or loss, and this one I went right to the fourth period defense. I felt like our defense went out. I did not think we were great on defense in that third period. Interestingly, as I scanned it, you see how few three point shots we took. For whatever reason we were attacking the rim. You always second guess yourself on whether you should have had Tony [Wroten] in at the end of the game. He’s not a great free throw shooter, but I felt that he was making some shots and playing okay. The first thing was the defense, we must have been able to guard and close the game out, and we did. They had 24 points. I thought we did a pretty good job."/>
Re: Winning the last home game of the season:
"It was great to win at home. It was our last game. It was great to end on a positive note. We hope to carry that positive note on to next year when we play at home again. It was just a great team effort tonight. We were having fun out there, we were executing down the stretch, we made some big plays and got some big stops. We were just having fun."
Re: Attributing his recently improved scoring percentage to taking better shots:
"Yeah, I think I’m taking better shots and I have more trust in my shot. I have a lot more trust in my pull-up, and that opens things up for me to get to the basket."/>
Re: His energy making an impact in the game:
"Yeah, I just tried to go out there and continue to have the same vision that I’ve had all season long and try to emphasize staying the course and staying on path. We all know it’s been a tough season for all of us, and it’s been a rough season, but it doesn’t stop here. We still have one more game left, and I plan on continuing to go out there and do the same thing until the season’s ended."