Head Coach Phil Jackson
Re: 1st and 2nd half differences?: "Changed ends, that's one thing that changed. We were more aggressive offensively, and I thought our defense played a little bit better. We were hanging onto the ball too much in the first half instead of passing"
Re: Best win? "Yeah that's a good win. I don't know what best means but it's good"
Re: How disappointed with first half? "Well we got back in the game in the end of the second half. We started feeling comfortable out there. Seemed to be in a position where everything seemed to be a turnover there in the first half. We had nine turnovers in the early part of that game, and just, a lot of them were unforced, just coughed them up. So it just seemed like we got comfortable out there. Ok at half time that we were starting to play the right way."
Re: What did you deny in the second half? "Well we stopped the penetration which was a lot better. Ray Allen was getting open on just comfort shots that he likes. Open on transition, those transition baskets and turnovers are big, and we stopped that in the second half"
Re: Motivated by talk of being unable to beat good teams? "I hope were motivated every night. It was just one of those things were we said. We got a 1-7 record against power teams, this is important, what is important is playing our game, and finding ourselves in a game in which we were highly competitive, and not losing ourselves, and having our identity."
Re: Game like this make you realize you don't have to make a trade? "Defensively we have an idea what we want to do. We want to control the pace of the game, and in the second half we showed what we can do"
Re: How much of a difference waiting to bring Kobe and Pau back? "I wanted to let that other unit get a chance, they had a couple good shots they couldn't get in, we stymied them, they were three points down and we didn't let them back in"
Re: Lamar? "Second half played well, first half I was you know on him a little bit in the second half. I thought he was trying to do too many things individually. The second half he played the kind of game we know he can play"
Re: The changes the Lakers made in the second half "We just made things a little bit tougher. In the first half, they [Celtics] got a lot of easy opportunities in transition, a lot of easy catch and shoots and things like that. We just had to put a stop to it"
Re: Spoiling the energy from Ray's recording breaking shot: "For the fans I'm sure it's sweet, but for me, I'm truly happy for Ray. That's just unbelievable."
Re: What he say to Ray after he hit the shot: "I just told him congratulations. It's a mutual respect kind of thing, because we both came into this league together. There's not too many [players] from that draft still playing and competing at a high level so I'm very, very happy for him. "
Re: Ray being off the floor because of foul trouble: "It helps, obviously, when he's not in there or Garnett is not in there, as many guys as you can get into foul trouble it helps, Pierce included."
Re: Coming in the five min mark at the end of the game "It doesn't matter."
Re: What he thinks about while waiting to come in "I don't think about anything, I just watch the game. I'm not really thinking about much. When I get in there, let's go to work."
Re: Where the Celtics rank in the Eastern Conference "They're right up there; it's them and Miami. I haven't seen Orlando yet, obviously. We played against Boston twice now, and Miami once and they look good. "
Re: Difference between here and in LA? "I think we played together, first off, defensively and offensively today. Kobe was kind of dissecting them, playing like a Peyton Manning role out there, and then he sealed the deal with some big shots. And Lamar and Pau made some big plays at the end. Drew played real aggressive today"
Re: Take it personal versus Pierce after last game? "No, I've been guarding the best player for the last twelve years since I've been in the league in the NBA, and since I've been a kid. There's no difference today guarding the best player against Boston, or guarding the best player against New York."
Re: Difference in second half? "We definitely played like a team, together. And that's the only way we're going to win. We understand that, played together as a team, both on offense and defense. Moving the ball and not letting up on defense. Being one as a strength that's the only way we're going to get it done"
"We got a new defense that we put in, so we out there trying to learn that. It ain't easy"
Re: Does that go in and out? "It doesn't go in and out, we just gradually getting better every day"
Head Coach Doc Rivers
Re did the team just get worn out in the second half: "No. I don't. I thought we played and we looked like it. I thought they came out and jumped on us early in the third quarter, first –scored the first 10 points. And I never thought we fought through it, really. I mean obviously the fatigue and all that – you know, one of our concerns going into the game were Paul (Pierce) or Ray (Allen) couldn't get in foul trouble obviously, because of what we had left. And that happened. But I just thought mentally we were not a very good team tonight and usually we are. I didn't think we fought hard enough through adversity, and we're great at that usually. It was one of those nights; I just thought we didn't do a very good job of that. And we obviously did have a lot of adversity with the injury of Nate (Robinson) and foul trouble and the lack of bodies, but you know that that could happen before the game and I don't think we handled that very well."
Re Kobe Bryant's being more aggressive in the second half: "Well once he saw there was a chance to win, Kobe was going to be Kobe. I mean, I think we knew that a week ago. And, he also knew that we had foul problems on the floor and he was aggressive. Kobe, listen, Kobe didn't win the game with his offense. Kobe won the game today with his defense. I thought defensively he was absolutely phenomenal. He was everywhere. He was trapping, he was helping, you know off (Rajon) Rondo all night, and trapped the post, blocked shots. I mean, he just had a great floor game to me more than just scoring."
Re rebounding matchup without Shaquille O'Neal or Jermaine O'Neal: "I don't worry about that stuff. I don't worry about it. They wasn't here. So, you know what I mean. What am I supposed to --? They're not here so the fact is Shaq and JO, it doesn't matter to us tonight. We had what we had. Whether it would've made a difference or not, I don't know the answer is what I'm saying. But we had enough bodies to rebound tonight, we just didn't do it the way we wanted to."
Re if Robinson can't play on Sunday, will Delonte West play: "No. No. You know, it's funny, before the game he asked the doctor if he could play, our team doctor. Actually they were going back and forth on it. I said if we have to go back and forth on it, then the answer is no. All right? So, he's going to practice Saturday. I would like him actually to play in the New Jersey game just to get him one game. But even if he does play Sunday, let's say, it will be five or ten minutes. It won't be much either way…"
Re did he consider bringing in Luke Harangody to rebound: "Yeah, I did. I did. But not – I just thought the size, as good as rebounder as Luke is, you're playing a very long basketball team and if he came to an issue where rebounds were on the floor that you could've gotten to then Luke would've been great. But the rebounds tonight were above the rim, and whenever you play the Lakers the rebounds are above the rim because of their length, and that was a factor."
Re Ray Allen setting the record early in the game and getting it 'out of the way': Yeah, that was great, for Ray to get it out of the way. And it was great in general. It was great for him. He got great looks, he did it through the offense. And that's what's so upsetting; those same looks could've been there in the second half but obviously his foul trouble hurt him, and hurt his rhythm. But the ball was moving in the first half and that's how he got shots."
Re: Going through your mind when you broke the record? "What I thought about is, is it really going to happen. I know I only needed two three's, and on any other day, any other game it seems like it would happen just like that, I wouldn't have to think about it. But that second three, almost, it seemed like it was slow motion for me, cause I've seen the whole thing develop. As I've gotten older, I've played the game and I can see it, somewhat in a second motion so to speak. Where the ball kind of comes so slow, like somebody is almost slow motioning it on tv. That's exactly how it felt, because the minute we got the stop and Rondo got the ball. In my mind it just started, and I just said to myself this is it. And then when Rondo brought the ball up I knew it. We've seen it a thousand times, I know he knows where I am. And so many people asked me over the last couple of weeks, 'Who's going to make that pass?', and I said it's a no brainer, I knew it would be Rondo. Cause he starts the break for us so many times. So when I got the ball and let it go, it was like, I felt so good behind it, once the ball went in the air I knew it was good. The one before that I missed I felt the same way about that, but that didn't go in. When I let that one go I was like this is money, and it's a feeling that was definitely a magical moment. Just being in this building, the support I've had coming into this moment, this situation, I felt a little embarrassed because there was so much attention surrounding this three point record. And I've never really experienced this much because this is a team sport, very rarely do you get that emotional individual support so it was overwhelming but a great moment. I'll remember this for the rest of my life"
Re: What you pictured? "Yeah it was, and it was all about these fans in Boston, it was all about the fans in Boston. I think about anything I've ever done in my career, the stage here is set, and everybody was ready. Going back a game or so ago, in Charlotte, the stage wasn't there, and I knew people wanted to see me do it. If I did it, I did it, but the stage here was set. When I ran out on the floor, and saw all the signs, and all the people. This record, I just didn't really understand until that moment just how big it was. Coming into the game, the game was already big enough, with who we played and being on national tv. But as I said, this is going to stay with me forever. Seeing so many people talk about it for this moment. Somebody told me this is my moment enjoy it, and I'm sitting here thinking I've never really had a moment that's mine, I've always shared it with guys. So I'm standing on the floor, and you've got to take individual praise for 30 seconds, I don't know how to do that cause I've never had to. I've never had a time where I've had to stand out there and say thank you, because it really was about me"
Re: Conversation with Reggie? "I haven't spoken to my mother yet. But we (Reggie and I), met before the game, and Reggie is such a gentlemen this whole process, times two or three years ago when we weren't even talking about this process. Just catch me at a game where I didn't make shot, just encouraging me to shoot the ball. Just a shining example of how I want to be once I retire. You look on the game, and you see the young guys playing, and you always say. We'll he left, and how he left the game, and I always tell him before, when I saw him shooting, any time we played each other. I would always be on the floor, and he would be out there shooting, and I was always say I'm at the right place. I knew it was where I was supposed to be. I never knew what time he got to the gym, or how many shots he shot. But when I saw him out there, I was like this is exactly where I'm supposed to be. To build my career, similar to him, this is where I need to be. So I just told him I appreciate him being the guy that he was, the competitor that he was, and he set the bar for us. When we came in the league, Allen Iverson, myself, all the guys in my class that came in. We were trying to beat Reggie, as much as MJ was out there, Reggie was the shooting guard who we were out there competing against and trying to beat. It was a privilege to play alongside and against him. And at the same to do this, and beat this record, and have him in the building, as I said earlier I wouldn't have had it any other way"
Re: Victory lap? "The last thing I told Reggie when we met in the back. I told him, what do I do? I don't know what to do. What do I do, do I just sit there and look stupid, or do I stand up, I don't know. Reggie said I don't know either, I just think you got to do whatever you feel, because that is your moment. And I said, well I am glad you're here because this is your moment as well, and I'm glad I can share it with you. It's funny because Jeff Twiss said, when it happens we're going to go to a timeout, the people are going to get up and start cheering, and it will be a long ovation. And Jeff has been around for a long time, and been a part of many celebrations like this, so he definetly prepared me. So once the timeout came, I just knew I had to go over there and say thank you again to Reggie. And my mom was standing there, she was in tears, so I wanted to make sure I thanked my family for being there for me. You don't do anything in any sport or job, without the backbone of your family. They're making sure I have the confidence to walk out of the house, so I can come here and do this job every night. Making sure I eat right, that the kids are taken care of, what it is without them, I can't be who I am"
Re his first half: "I played basketball, I just played basketball. That's what I do. That's what I get paid to do."
Re the second half: "I just thought we couldn't get any shots to fall. They just executed. They just got us."
Re the energy early: "It was electrifying. There was a lot of energy. You know, loud and electrifying."
Re rebounding against the Laker front line: "It was tough. They are long. It was tough to get rebounds. There wasn't many long rebounds. They got them all at the rim so it was tough to deal with."
Re his sickness: "I don't think I was bothered at all."
Re the second half: "I just think that we didn't move the ball with the same…We just didn't move the ball like we did in the first half. I thought the ball kind of stuck there in the second half instead of running our offense and moving the ball, we shot 50% (First Half). That's what happens. Then they came real aggressive in that third quarter and we just didn't come out aggressive. That third quarter really hurt us. We come out gave up a three and then the three point play to start off. Then it seems like the Lakers get hot and you know what they are capable of. We just didn't play with the same urgency in the second half like we did in the first."
Re the lack of man power: "I dunno, it definitely hurts when you don't have the normal guys to come off of the bench to kind of spell you. Certain guys played extended minutes, but that's no excuse. We went up 13, 14 points. We had a chance to go up even more and we let them creep back into the game and in the third quarter they turned it up. We didn't adjust to it at all."
Re Ray: "It was big just to be a part of it, being a part of seeing him make history. He's one of the greatest shooters of all time, behind me. He's putting himself in an elite category, he put himself in an elite category tonight. Not many people can say they are going to be in the NBA record books and I'm glad to be a teammate of his."
Re being 12th on 3 point list: "I'll never catch him. I know that for a fact. Records are made to be broken, but I don't think it will be broken for a very long time. He still has four or five years left in him."