Lakers Head Coach Phil Jackson
Q. The execution down the stretch, offensively seemed ‑‑ the team seemed to just hit a wall. Can you talk about that?
PHIL JACKSON: Yes, we had some turnovers. One of them started out kind of from an offensive foul, Drew got a call for an offensive foul. I still don't know about that one. That was dubious. But he set a pick that bounced off it. Ron tried to force the ball into Pau Gasol and threw the ball away, and then we had another sequence of ‑‑ I don't remember exactly what the turnover was, but that kind of set them off and set the game off and turned it around in that sequence.
We had a little lead right at the end, and we didn't do our job; they did.
Q. Is that just execution or focus or they just outplayed you?
PHIL JACKSON: Well, I think their execution was better. They had second‑chance opportunities in that sequence, and that was really the difference in the ballgame.
Q. Obviously you don't get that high with one win. I would assume you're going to keep things even keel. What does it mean to potentially lose the home‑court? And talk about Kobe trying in foul trouble. How did that hinder his game?
PHIL JACKSON: Yeah, I wasn't happy with those foul calls. Those were unusual calls. But he tried to play aggressively. Got called for it. Tried to limit his game a little bit because they were coming at ‑‑ taking charges, and it really changed the complexity of this ballgame. They did a good job on him defensively, no doubt about that. I have to tip my hat off to them about that. Those were things that we struggled with in the course of the game obviously.
Our big guys played great, Bynum and Pau. We didn't get the ball often enough to them or in good enough position many times, and a lot of our shooting outside was not that well.
Q. Losing the home‑court?
PHIL JACKSON: Well, in a sequence like this there's no doubt it's a blow to us to lose the home‑court, but we anticipated this might happen, and we're just going to have to go pick it up.
Q. What's going on with Lamar? He's had two very ineffective games.
PHIL JACKSON: Again, my fault. He got, bang‑bang, two fouls immediately, and I turned to my crew and said, do you think he can play through this? And as I was talking to them, he got his third foul. So obviously he couldn't play through that sequence. He just basically got in the ballgame and got those three fouls and it really took him out of the ballgame. That's a bit unfortunate for him. He'll get a chance later on in this series to redeem himself.
Q. What about Ron, too? He was 1 for 10, had a couple crazy shots.
PHIL JACKSON: Ron played one of those flip‑flop games tonight, a little bit different. Defensively Paul Pierce is 2 for 11, Ron Artest 1 for 10. I don't know, it wasn't the best battle out there, but obviously Paul's team won, and that's the difference.
Q. Does Ron get a little lost out there offensively? Is it the stage? Is it the pressure? There was one play towards the end where he ran around for about ten seconds and threw up a three.
PHIL JACKSON: It's one of the more unusual sequences I've ever witnessed.
You know, he's just trying to redeem himself. He's trying to get himself involved in the game and trying to redeem himself for I think he made a bad pass earlier in the sequence.
Q. Is that just him trying to redeem himself? But this is a pretty big stage to be doing that at that particular moment.
PHIL JACKSON: Sure, very good observation.
Q. Have you had a conversation with him about whether he needs to go that route?
PHIL JACKSON: Yeah, sure, I'll have a conversation with him.
Q. What kind of adjustment do you make on Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo?
PHIL JACKSON: Well, you know, when they take away any bumps, when Fish is trying to make him divert his path and they don't allow him to do that, they call fouls on Fish and that really gives him an opportunity to take whatever route he wants to make off the pickers. That really makes it very difficult. We just have to adjust to the ballgame to what the referees are going to call. Are they going to allow us to take direct line cuts away from him so he has to divert his route, and call on Fish and get a foul called on Fisher? That makes for a totally different type of ballgame. Then Fish has to give the routes that he wants to run in and then he's got to play from behind all the time. That's an adjustment we all need to make in the course of this series.
He had a great game.
Q. Can you just discuss the overall impact of Rondo on this game.
PHIL JACKSON: You know, Rondo's offensive rebounds, some little things he did out there. Really a difference maker in the second half. The first half was obviously Ray's shooting that got them going, got them in the lead. Second half Rondo had some key plays there that changed the course of the game.
Q. It sounds like you want to spend some money. Did you have trouble with the refereeing tonight?
PHIL JACKSON: It's going to be that way from game to game, and I think a lot of it is about who comes out aggressively and does the right thing out there at the very start of the ballgame.
Q. You talked about Lamar's game, but what does it do to the rest of the roster, the rest of the rotation when you get so little from him in the course of a game?
PHIL JACKSON: Well, you know, it just changes up where we place people on the floor. Obviously it takes Pau from the wing and puts him into the post. Takes Kobe from guard and puts him into the wing. It just changes how we play the game a lot and gives opportunities that are a little different, a myriad of activities that we run in our offensive sets. It gives us a little more of a variety, and that's something that's tough for teams to adjust to.
Q. Andrew had a big night tonight. Are you hoping or expecting Andrew to have the same type of impact in Boston?
PHIL JACKSON: Well, he had two days between games. I thought he recovered really well off of some swelling that he had on that knee, and we were able to ‑‑ trainers were able to get that down and back in order and he was able to play, I think, great ‑‑ as good a physical shape as he could possibly be in at this time of the year, and we were pleased with that. I was just pleased that he could play 35 minutes plus. That was a big part of that effort that he gave us tonight.
Q. Can you just talk about the defense, how the type of defense Boston was trying to apply on Kobe tonight.
PHIL JACKSON: Well, they got on him and made him go left all the time. They were not letting him come back to his right hand, shoving him to the left and then going to help when he started to push the ball. That changed things up for him. He still figured it out pretty well towards the end but couldn't complete it.
Q. How big was that time‑out call that Doc made? And have you ever seen a coach fly out to the free‑throw line?
PHIL JACKSON: I don't know if you can do that or not. I don't think that's legal to get on the floor. I think coaches have to stay on the sideline. They're not supposed to be on the floor. It's like he was shot out of a starter's block. (Laughter).
Lakers Forward Pau Gasol
Q. You had a really good shooting night, 7 for 10. Can you talk about your offensive performance? And tell me how you guys adjust going back to Boston.
PAU GASOL: Well, you know, not really much of a point talking about my individual performance because it's a disappointing loss for our ballclub. But they did a good job. They really executed and had a really good game plan and got a nice win for themselves.
Adjustments, we definitely need to make sure we hustle a little more. They got to the ball tonight, a lot of times quicker than we did. Second‑chance opportunities and just loose balls, they were pursuing the ball definitely with more desire. So that's something that is a big thing. We just have to try to play together, execute aggressively, do the things that work for us and just play hard. That's pretty much it.
Q. Do you think the controversial press motivated them to come out and play harder tonight?
PAU GASOL: I don't know. It was a big game for both teams. I think both teams were motivated to play this game. We're in the NBA Finals. They just played better than we did tonight, and obviously Ray Allen shot the ball extremely well. That got them going. And Rondo controlled the game and got to a lot of balls. He was the top rebounder of the game as the point guard, so that tells you something. It's something we've got to look into and make sure it doesn't happen again.
So that's a couple key points there that we should realize.
Q. Given that you and Andrew had such strong games offensively and Kevin and Paul had tough nights and the Lakers were right there, how did the Lakers lose this one? What happened in the last few minutes? What happened with the execution?
PAU GASOL: Well, we turned the ball over a couple times down the stretch when the game was on the line. Then that possession where it was 17 seconds on the clock, we were scrambling like it was the last possession of the game, and we gave them a wide open look, a basket, when we were down three only, and it was two minutes or something to go. So that was tough, deflating. And we just couldn't convert offensively at the end. They took advantage and took their time and converted and executed their plays. So that's kind of how it got away from us.
Q. Is that like a mental thing, a mental lapse, or it just got away?
PAU GASOL: I guess you fall in the pace or the trap of mistakes, errors, at the wrong time of the game. We had a nice three‑point lead and it was three or four minutes to go, and we couldn't continue to do the things that were working for us. But we'll look into it with more detail and patience, and we'll try to adjust for Game 3 because it's a big‑time game again.
Again, we're going to have to really be extremely aggressive and strong mentally and physically.
Q. That play coming out of the time‑out where they had one second to advance the ball and then bang‑bang, all of a sudden there's a two‑on‑one coming at you. What happened there?
PAU GASOL: Yeah, obviously we were trying to deny passes on the other side of the court. They got the ball, but all of a sudden we were trapping a guy. Like I said, it seemed like it was 30 seconds to go and we were in desperation mode, and we gave them a lay‑up on that play, and that put us ‑‑ that play was pretty key, I think. They got the ball on the court, and now we've just got to play and stop them and don't lose our poise there. They got a good score, easy score, and that was, I think, a little bit deflating at that point.
Q. I was noticing today that throughout the playoffs you guys have had a lot of practice with transition defense, with Phoenix, with Oklahoma City. Today you guys had trouble with transition defense. Why do you think that is and how do you feel about that going forward?
PAU GASOL: Yeah, obviously the fast‑break points and Rondo pushing the ball and Ray getting going on transition is a big key for them. We've got to do a better job of springing back defensively and we've got to make sure we support our guards and we control their point guard penetrating the lane. It's something that we've got to make a conscious effort every single game.
Q. Do you feel like you and Drew, your effort was wasted tonight? Drew played very well offensively and defensively.
PAU GASOL: No, I don't feel like that at all. I think our effort was a positive thing in our production. We didn't win the ballgame. But our effort was good, and it's going to have to be even better, greater in Boston because it's going to be tougher to play there.
Q. What kind of strain does it put on you when you saw that Kobe was in foul trouble?
PAU GASOL: It puts you in a situation where your best player is in foul trouble, and it puts you in a situation of danger. It affects the team in different ways. He played through it and was still aggressive, but obviously he was limited. Limited minutes. He would have played more minutes if he wasn't in foul trouble. That was tough calls out there, but you can't control that. You've just got to play through the game and do your best.
Q. Do you feel you guys did a good job of reading the officiating tonight?
PAU GASOL: It was tough. You can try to read and see how it was going to go for you, but it's tough I think. We still have to play aggressive. For a second it seemed like we couldn't get a break. But like I said, you've got to play through that. There's nothing you can really do about it, you've just got to, again, play hard and do the things that you would normally do. You can measure it a little bit and see how much they allow, but tonight it was a tough night overall.
Lakers’ Guard Kobe Bryant
Q. Can you just talk about the disappointment, losing the home‑court knowing you have to win one in Boston to get back here.
KOBE BRYANT: We fought pretty hard to get back in the game, and then we let the game slip away.
Q. I asked you about the home‑court issue.
KOBE BRYANT: Well, we've just got to go into Boston and win.
Q. What do you see in Lamar's game right now? And what do you think he needs to do to be a little bit more productive for you guys?
KOBE BRYANT: Just stay out of early fouls.
Q. Last game you guys had a substantial advantage in the paint. Is that one of the key factors that you guys beat them with?
KOBE BRYANT: Yeah, the key factor is turnovers. You can't turn the ball over. We'll continue to pound the ball inside but we can't give them easy baskets in transition.
Q. What happened in that fourth quarter? Que pasa in that fourth quarter? You're going tied and then the ball always seemed to bounce into the Celtics' flow.
KOBE BRYANT: Just causing turnovers down the stretch.
Q. That's it?
KOBE BRYANT: That's it.
Q. Were you surprised when you got that fifth foul early in the fourth? And was it difficult to play with five fouls on the board?
KOBE BRYANT: You've just got to be careful. I don't expect to picking up five fouls the next game.
Q. Can you just talk, I know Phil talks about this all the time. What is the process that basketball players go through when you're dealing with quick whistles? How do you read officials and how do you guys determine how to based on what the officials call?
KOBE BRYANT: You've got to play. You've got to play your game and let the whistles sort themselves out.
Q. Ray Allen was just on fire in that first half. You're used to being perhaps on the other side of that, where you're the one putting up big numbers. Talk about what you do as a team to try to stop some of that.
KOBE BRYANT: You try to take the ball out of his hands as much as possible.
Q. And when he doesn't have the ball he's coming out of screens.
KOBE BRYANT: He's catching it. You've got to try to deny him and force him off his sweet spots. He was hot.
Q. Perfect example here of one game to another doesn't really mean anything, especially in The Finals. Each one is a new experience. The thought about going into Boston?
KOBE BRYANT: It's a series. You're trying to stay even keel. You don't get too high, don't get too low after a win or a loss. You just go into the next one and take care of business.
Q. When you are playing in foul trouble, how much do your opposing teams, the opposing teams, try to do things to get you out of the game or at least see if you're going to become passive?
KOBE BRYANT: Yeah, I'm sure it's part of the strategy at some point. As players you've just got to play through it and just try to be smart.
Q. Did you sense the Celtics saw that as a point of vulnerability or anything?
KOBE BRYANT: Yeah, at certain times of the game but not really, not much.
Q. Andrew said that you guys didn't lose home‑court until you lose Game 3. How much does that make Game 3 important to just take it right back as if you were up 2‑0?
KOBE BRYANT: It's the most important game. Game 1 was the most important, Game 2 was the most important, now it's Game 3.
It's just the next game, simple as that.
Q. What do you take positive out of this game? I know Andrew had a big 21‑point performance. Can you comment on those two things?
KOBE BRYANT: It has nothing to do with scoring. Nothing. It's all defensively. We gave them too many easy baskets and blew too many defensive assignments. That's it.
Lakers’ Center Andrew Bynum
Q: Did the Celtics want it more tonight?
Bynum: Of course they didn’t want it more. We just played stupid. We were up 90 to 87 and came down and had four turnovers.
Q: Did you and Pau Gasol get enough touches down low late in the quarters?
Bynum: Obviously we can get more touches, but that’s still not going to help us beat this team because you can’t beat them one on one. What you have to do is move the ball and move ourselves. We have to create more movement and more motion to create confusion and that’s what we did during Game 1. They were sitting down there looking at each other, but today we were the ones looking around each other.
Q: Why didn’t you guys have the same ball movement?
Bynum: I don’t know. We fall into isolation sometimes. That’s what happened.
Q: This was your first home loss during the Playoffs. Now you have to win one in Boston. Do you feel you’re at a disadvantage?
Bynum: No, we have to win two in Boston at least. That’s our goal going in. That’s my goal. It’s a tough loss.
Q: Did you feel as good as your numbers indicate?
Bynum: I’m just out playing hard. It is what it is with my knee, I’ve been telling myself that the entire Playoffs.
Q: What effect did Rajon Rondo have on the game?
Bynum: I mean a triple-double is unbelievable. He really capitalized on those turnovers because he was able to get out on the fast break in the fourth quarter. He had three or four right in a row. He pushed it up and I think he had a three at the end of the clock and he had an elbow jumper.
Lakers’ Forward Lamar Odom
Q: What was the mood like when you guys walked into the locker room?
Odom: A little uptight. I realize it’s a game that we wanted to execute right down to the end. It was anybody’s game with two or three minutes left. We didn’t do the things that we needed to do to win.
Q: You had to sit down in the first half because of foul trouble.
Odom: It’s two games in a row, both on drives against Paul Pierce. It took me out of the game. I was only able to play 14 minutes tonight. I couldn’t really contribute much, just in spirit. That’s the way the ball bounces sometimes.
Q: Are you frustrated with the way the first two games have played out for you?
Odom: If I’m out there I’m going to produce. Plain and simple. I’d rather be out there and play bad than not have a shot.
Q: Any way to stop a guy like Ray Allen when he’s hot like he was tonight?
Odom: It happens. There are two halves of basketball and we cooled him down a little bit. In the second half we were able to get into it and it was anyone’s game.
Q: When you drop a game being the home team, how do things change for you?
Odom: They don’t really change. You have to have a sense of urgency in every game you play. Of course, playing on the road is tough, but it’s just the way is.
Q How was Rajon Rondo able to get so many boards tonight?
Odom: He always gets the long rebounds. He has a great sense for the game. He’s great at it and he’s done it all year.
Celtics Coach Doc Rivers
Q. Talk about Ray. He was just so hot, and Rajon, doing what they do, also.
DOC RIVERS: They both were terrific. Ray in the first half when he gets into those zones, I was happy. Our team could see it and you could see they were doing everything they could to find him. They got him open. I thought most of them for us was in transition, though. We talked about it after Game 1. The only way to be able to hit Rondo in transition, we had to get multiple misses, multiple stops. And if we did that, our bigs ran, we though we could get our shooters open.
Rondo did a terrific job of finding him. He saved us in the first half with Kevin in foul trouble, Paul struggling. We needed points and Ray gave them to us.
Q. When a guy has a first half like that, like Ray did, do you want him coming out in the third quarter and shooting the minute he steps out of the locker room? Did he do a good job of not forcing it in the third quarter.
DOC RIVERS: They did a better job of guarding No. 1, and to start the third quarter they were scoring. By them scoring we were not running anymore and we couldn't get them in transition anymore, and the multiple stops, that's what we're talking about. We wanted to establish Ray and Paul coming out of halftime. You know, we got into that same pace the first six minutes of the third quarter that we were in in Game 1. They were scoring every time, we were turning the ball over, we were walking the ball up the floor, and we lost our tempo.
Q. Just talk about the turnovers, 12 in the first half, two in the second half.
DOC RIVERS: Yeah, well, the last couple were brutal. We had a chance to go up, be up nine or 12 to end the half. But we weathered that storm, and I thought in the second half we played with great composure because you knew they were going to make a run, and they did. They made several of them. For us to weather that storm with guys in foul trouble, we had to use every big. I'm just really proud of all of them.
I thought the seven minutes or six minutes that Nate Robinson played for us was huge. Rondo was exhausted. We needed offense. Ray was exhausted in that period, in that stretch, and we put Nate in and just one pick‑and‑roll and he scored, and he created scoring, so that was big for us.
Q. Talk about just managing the game, particularly when there was a time‑out called. How big was that?
DOC RIVERS: I guess it was big. We had one second left. You know, I'm glad they saw me. I don't think they had a choice but to see me. I was past them. (Laughter).
The guys got a kick out of that. You know, it was funny, as big as that little moment was. I actually thought that the bigger moment was all the players were laughing at me and it allowed them to breathe a little bit, and I thought that helped us.
The execution out of that was terrific, though. We spread the floor and we told the guys, move the floor, they'll double, and if we keep moving we may find a lay‑up, and we got one. So I was just proud of the execution.
Q. On that time‑out play had you looked at calling a second time‑out?
DOC RIVERS: Yeah. What we were doing was going to count to 4, and if Rondo didn't think that he could get it in, we were going to call another time‑out and advance the ball. But I wanted to see if I could get it in first so I could save the time‑out. I thought I may need it.
Q. You mentioned Nate's play in the fourth quarter but also the reserves in the third quarter when you guys got in foul trouble ‑‑
DOC RIVERS: The bench was huge, all of them. We were in foul trouble two games in a row now, and our bigs ‑‑ Kevin, really he only played six minutes in the first half, and the fact that we had a lead was huge for us. The rhythm for us offensively is tough when all your bigs are in foul trouble. We have a certain rotation that we want our bigs to play, and obviously it was blown up within four minutes of the game because of fouls.
I thought Rasheed was huge. You could see him struggling with the back, but he gave us as much as he could give. And Baby was huge.
Yeah, the bench was terrific.
Q. Rajon got so much publicity, that big number triple‑double against Cleveland, but has he ever for you done more different things to help win a game as he did tonight?
DOC RIVERS: No, tonight was unbelievable. He made the big shot. He made the elbow shot. I'm thinking Mark Price is somewhere celebrating. He took a million of those shots this summer, and he didn't hesitate, and that was my favorite play for him.
He just did a lot of things, the blocked shots, the steals. He's our quarterback, and he does a lot of stuff for us. He was special tonight.
Q. What's it like watching just the purity of Ray's shot go in?
DOC RIVERS: Well, it makes me a better coach, I can tell you that. (Laughter).
And when you draw up these plays and he makes them, you feel a lot smarter. He's a perfectionist. If you watched him yesterday and the last two days, he took a million shots. It's no coincidence that the great shooters are great shooters; they work on it more. You look on the TV early in the game, you see Kobe before everybody is out there shooting. Ray shows up three hours before every game, he's out there shooting. There's a reason they can shoot. He believes in it and we believe in it.
Q. I don't know if you saw the record, but eight is the record. Better than MJ's six in the first half and Scottie's seven.
DOC RIVERS: Well, I didn't know that. We needed every one of them. I can tell you that. It's amazing when you think about we had a player that had 27 points in the first half and we were only up six. That's how close the series is going to be.
Q. Can you talk about just what the Lakers are doing defensively. They have Kobe on Rajon and putting a smaller guy, Derek, on Ray. Is that helping Ray out?
DOC RIVERS: We were talking about it. Teams have done it all year, so it's nothing new putting a big guy on Rondo and a smaller guy on Ray, and every time we do that we feel we can give Ray shots, and that's what happened. Obviously it's a lot better when he's on the floor. Ray couldn't play the last game. He was in foul trouble the entire game. Tonight he was able to play. He stayed in his rhythm, and we got him great shots.
Q. I don't know if you saw the little smirk he had after he hit one of them. Is that about as hot as you have seen him?
DOC RIVERS: I have not seen him much warmer than tonight.
Q. Even if the Lakers were dominating inside, do you plan to change something in Game 3 the way you played Gasol and Bynum, the way you played defensively against those guys?
DOC RIVERS: We're good. We're going to keep it the way we kept it. If we don't turn the ball over in the first half and give up some offensive rebounds. I mean, they shot 40 percent, 41 percent. We'll take that every night.
Q. With Kobe playing so much in foul trouble, does he become a player to attack offensively whether he's Kobe or anybody else?
DOC RIVERS: Well, as long as it's in rhythm, that's what we kept saying. I could hear my players talking about it when we were in the time‑out. I kept saying, guys, stay within the rhythm of your offense. I believe when teams try to get that sixth foul, they lose the rhythm, the ball stops moving and you usually don't score or get the foul. We would have loved to have got his sixth foul, but we were not going to do it out of the rhythm of our offense. We would have loved to have fouled him or attacked him, but we were fine with that.
Q. Do you feel there's any trend or a key trend when a star player has five fouls in an important game? Are the prospects of him fouling out, greater than usual?
DOC RIVERS: I'm going to just let you say that. Whatever you think. That's the way I'm going to end that one ‑‑
Celtics Forward Paul Pierce
Q: What was the difference between this game and Game 1?
Pierce: We just went out there and played Celtic basketball, for the most part. That’s the team I really recognize today. It’s a big win. But then again it’s only one game. We’re happy with the way we competed; [it’s] the way we should have come out in Game 1 … but we got the job done.
Q: Can you talk about Rondo’s play in the second half?
Pierce: He was big. That’s the key for us. If we can get stops and get Rondo out in transition, that’s big for us. He did everything tonight – he rebounded, passed, he controlled the tempo – and that’s how we’ve got to play. Get the ball in his hands and let him make things happen.
Q: How good was Ray Allen in the first half?
Pierce: He was unbelievable. He just looked like a basketball player who was … somebody took his ball last game. He just came out here … [had] him a chance to play and shot lights out. You could tell he was frustrated from the last game because of the foul trouble … and I think he showed us that Ray Allen is a future hall of famer and one of the greatest shooters to ever play.
Pierce: We kept saying that if we don’t turn the ball over [and if] we rebound, we give ourselves the best chance. I thought we played well in the first half for the most part, but then [in those] last three minutes [it was] turnover, turnover … and we didn’t get those loose balls and they were able to get back in the game. We were up 13; we thought we should have been up 16 or 17, but because of all those turnovers … they cost you. Against the Lakers you can’t turn over the ball. They’re really good in transition … we have to have better second and third quarters, keep our turnovers down, and that’ll be the key to the series.
Q: How do you feel about the 2-3-2 Finals format?
Pierce: I don’t know. It is what it is. We took home court, so we’ve got a chance to play three games [at home]. But, I told ya’ll yesterday that doesn’t guarantee we’re going to win the games because we’re at home. We’ve got to go out there and play the game. They’re going to be coming into our house and we can’t assume anything – we can’t take it for granted. So we’ll take it one game at a time. But it’s a big game today, and I’m glad to go home.
Celtics Guard Rajon Rondo
Celtics Guard Ray Allen
Q. Doc talked about the other night he felt as though you were going to have one of those nights like you were having tonight, and tonight you did have it.
RAY ALLEN: Yeah, the other night was frustrating, just being a part of a game that I was so looking forward to. We didn't make it this far last year, so the anticipation being off after six or seven days was so great. Getting into that game, it was a competitive game, it was tough fought, and they played great. It was tough just trying to adjust the referees on the sideline, so just trying to root them on. Physically I felt great. I was getting to the spots I needed to, just never really got in a great rhythm.
So tonight I just was focused on adjustments to Kobe attacking, being in position before I could get a bad call, helping my teammates out and making sure we moved the ball. Bigs created screens for me today. Rondo pushed the ball in transition, we got a lot move fast‑break opportunities this time than we did in Game 1. We got stops and we were able to run, so the three ball did go in the air definitely a little more tonight.
Q. Could you talk a little bit about getting into a rhythm so early and being able to sustain it throughout the first half? It seems they were kind of scrambling to figure out how to limit your three‑point shooting.
RAY ALLEN: Well, starting the game off you don't want that first shot to be a three‑pointer. You want to try to work your way into the game. But if it has to be, it has to be. I try not to turn a shot down when I'm over it for sure. But the ball, it bounced more in our favor. I think we had more activity in this game, we had more energy. We fought harder, and the ball did bounce more in our favor. So there were a couple threes that the ball bounced kind of funky and we ended up getting it, and I'm right at the three‑point line. I do remember one in the fourth quarter where I kind of moved back down the floor, but if I was in position I would have got another one.
We fought and got those extra possessions this time. Early in the game we were able to get it in transition, and I got a couple threes early, and nothing was rushed basically. I was just the recipient of a lot of those baskets.
Q. That time‑out where you had one second to get the ball across half court, Doc mentioned that you guys kind of had a laugh at his expense during that time‑out.
RAY ALLEN: Yeah, we did. He claimed that he's in shape, and when he ran out there we told him he looked like he wasn't in shape. You guys have got to give him a hard time about that. But he made it out there, so it definitely got us an extra possession.
Q. How did you get open at half court?
RAY ALLEN: Well, I screened Kevin's man. I screened Gasol, and when he flashed the ball they tried to switch. Then I came up and then they really ran to me and then he was open again. We ended up getting a basket out of it.
Q. Talk about that one three, I think it might have been five or six in, you just turned and smiled and ran back. What was going through your mind at that time?
RAY ALLEN: You know, to me it was just thinking about going back to Game 1, just having that feeling of being resilient as a team. You know, you could do everything you can defensively. As a team we're trying to stop Kobe, we're trying to stop Pau, we're trying to stop all their guys. But it's those plays, those hard plays where somebody gets on the ground and they throw the ball back out and you end up getting a three‑pointer. Those are the things that are rewarding. When I got that three, it was a sense of calmness and reward that I knew I had at that moment.
Again, it wasn't a rushed feeling, it was just good basketball.
Q. With all due respect to Fish, you have him by three or four inches. Do you feel the need to exploit this? And how do you feel about playing a smaller guy?
RAY ALLEN: Well, we got so many guys that can offensively carry this team. Really it's about us individually not trying to do too much. I'm trying not to do too much. Getting Fisher, run him off screens and forcing their bigs to help. That's when we get our bigs involved in the game because rewarding them, when they're setting great screen they end up being open. That's somewhat the thought process. But it's like me making a hard cut from one side of the basket to the other, and Paul gets a shot or Kevin gets a lay‑up. That's all of our mentalities, and if we can do that then the ball will move and we'll score the way we want to score.
Q. Could you talk a little bit about the level of chemistry that you and Rondo have developed and maybe the biggest part of his development in the last couple years?
RAY ALLEN: I think for Rondo, he knows where I'm going to be. I understand when he's going to pass and he's not going to pass, but you've always got to be ready for him because he'll make a quick pass when you didn't think he was going to pass it. He gets in there so fast you've got to get to your spot real early. For me I just try to get to my spot. He always wants me to cut, but I tell him if I cut, I'm going to clog his space up. I'm getting an outlet. You make a move, get to the basket, and you'll be ready for your outlet if you get stuck anywhere.
Q. Most ever threes you ever hit in a Finals game. Were you surprised after you hit your first three or four that the Lakers didn't make it tougher for you to hit the three, that they would have narrowed in on your spacing?
RAY ALLEN: I didn't think it was easy. You know, getting the threes up in the air, it was like somebody ‑‑ you look up and I'm shooting a three and everybody is probably thinking, how did this guy get them? But there's so much going on out there from great screens being set to misdirection plays. Everybody, like I said earlier, making sharp cuts. I ended up somewhere on the three‑point line, or rebounds, offensive rebounds, we'd get it back and that's the best time to get a three‑point up. I thought they did everything they could to keep me from shooting threes and they worked tirelessly. We were setting great screens and I was getting to my spots.
Q. The one stat that jumped out at me was Rondo's 12 rebounds leading the team in rebounding. Talk to me how big he was in this game tonight.
RAY ALLEN: He had a triple‑double, he was awesome. Thinking about passing the ball, like getting in the gaps, you know, he's so athletic, he does so many different things, and that's probably something people don't realize. He's so unheralded when he gets in there getting the rebounds because he's so athletic. One rebound he went to the roof, it seemed like he went over all the bigs. But that does give us another dimension. When he can rebound like that, it does take the pressure off our bigs to have double‑digit rebounds every night when our guards are getting it. Sometimes they're bouncing long. That's the difference in our offensive rebounds that they didn't get tonight, we got those rebounds. A lot of the onus is on the guard because if they bounce long, we have to get those and he got them tonight.
Q. Four offensive rebounds tonight.
RAY ALLEN: Yeah, again, those four offensive rebounds, those where the threes they come back in play, and it gets our bigs easier shots.
Q. Did it feel like you had to wait two extra days for The Finals to start? You hardly got to play in the first game because of foul trouble. How did you get through it?
RAY ALLEN: The last two days definitely were frustrating. The game and then the four or five days before that was frustrating because I like to get out there and play. I like to get the ball bouncing. You have to have patience. But for me anything else going on in my life is put on hold because it's hard to focus on anything else. Even though I'm not watching ‑‑ I watch the film and go to practice when I have to, but when I'm at home I try to do other things. But here in The Finals it's tough. Like I tried to play golf a couple days ago, and I really couldn't focus on it because my mind was thinking every second, you know, how am I going to guard Kobe on this play? Or certain opportunities that we need to do, how we're going to guard Gasol in the post, so many different things. Throughout the day it would just flash in my head. Whatever I'm doing I might be spaced out. Somebody might be asking me a question and I'm not right there at that moment.
This moment is our moment, and we've got to take advantage of it.
Q. Kind of a similar question: Tony was saying at practice you had like a mean look on your face and you were really quiet. He thought maybe you were stewing over the fact you got in foul trouble the last game. Were you upset about that? And did you decide to take your frustrations out on the Lakers?
RAY ALLEN: Well, I was upset. The way I went into practice yesterday and the day before, I was disappointed that obviously we lost. I was trying to think of the things that I need to do to be better. So when I went and practiced yesterday, I spoke with most of you yesterday, and I wasn't in the best of moods because I was ready to practice. I was ready to get through practice and do the things we need to do at least to relieve some of the tension that we had as a team and I had individually.
So being on the same page, and that's kind of how I felt. I felt I was just in limbo, like I've got to hurry up and play another game. It's like that feeling when you lose during the regular season on a Monday and you play again on Tuesday, you can't wait to play on Tuesday back to back. I definitely was there, but I've got to keep that. But coming into the game today, I just focused on being the best team player I could.
Q. You've had a lot of great shooting nights but where would you rank this one considering the stage?
RAY ALLEN: It's definitely right up there because there's no better place, moment, time to play a game, to win a game, and to win in a great fashion where everybody has to do it together as a team, and to be able to shoot the ball. And I don't know what record it is that people are telling me that I got, but it's great to have. Great to be able to look back on it and say I did that. This is definitely the time. This is definitely our time.
Q. Just following the subject: Do you remember Michael Jordan in '92 and him making threes against the Blazers? You cleared his record, the record made by Michael Jordan.
RAY ALLEN: Yeah, I do remember that. Mike, I'm going to tell him that his were a lot easier. It definitely looked like he was just ‑‑ he wasn't running off screens, he was shooting the ball and he had it going. I think as a child those are some of my favorite memories, just being a fan of MJ, and the things he did and the playoffs and The Finals, that's something that's going to stand out in my mind for the rest of my life. I know we have a great challenge as players now to imprint these good things on kids growing up in the world. So I'm glad that we're able to do this.
Celtics Center Glen Davis
Q: Talk about the second-chance points and the 50/50 balls that weren’t going your way in Game 1. Talk about your hustle tonight.
Davis: 50/50 is big for us; we’ve got to have 50/50. 50/50 can determine the game. That’s just what we need to do and I felt we did a great job of that today.
Q: Do you think about your last game against L.A. in The Finals at the Garden?
Davis: No, I don’t even think about that. I just think about this year, how they beat us with a big shot. We just have to stay focused and close out at home.
Q: Can you talk about your hustle at the beginning of the fourth quarter?
Davis: I’m an energy guy, that’s what I’m supposed to do. I go out there and bring energy. I tried my best tonight … and we got the win.
Q: What are your thoughts on Ray Allen tonight?
Davis: Ray was great. He carried us – he carried us most definitely. We needed that from him today. Other guys couldn’t get it going really fast but we got it going when we needed to get it going, and he did a great job.
Q: What does it say that two of your best players didn’t play that well tonight and you still beat the defending champions?
Davis: Our bench did a great job, picked up the slack for each other, and made things happen.
Q: What was the mood like in the locker room at halftime?
Davis: We were just trying to make sure that we’ve got to close out the half and we can’t let that happen again. Adjust what we need to adjust and just make sure that we stay calm, ready, and poised …