That's What He Said
Magic 84, Celtics 97

Boston Celtics

Doc Rivers

Doc Rivers

Re: How the team responded to Rondo & Sullinger's absence:
"I thought they responded the way they should. They know someone – you know, guys are out and it’s not like it’s a maybe; it’s a sure thing – and guys just understand other guys are going to get a shot. One of the things we talked about before the game is, ‘Don’t try to be different. Just do what you do, do what we’ve asked you to do. We don’t have to do anything more.’"

Re: Starting to see what he’d hoped for from Jeff Green:
"Yeah. You know, we’re spreading the floor for him which helps too. And that helps. But he’s just been aggressive. We’re getting the ball to him in the open court, which I think is really important for him because of his speed, the defense can’t set, and it gets him to the rim, which is good. Yeah, so he’s doing great and we’ve got to keep him thinking about rebounds. That’s important for us."

Re: The offense and points in the paint:
"It was great. We didn’t start off very well and then we got into transition and we got multiple stops. Our second unit – I don’t even know what you call that unit when Brandon’s the center, at one point – I mean, it was just the speed of the game sped up for us in a good way and a positive way."

Re: How well Jason Terry and Leandro Barbosa played together:
"We kind of let them play. I called the one time-out and they kept asking, ‘What are we running?’ I said, ‘I have no idea. Just go out and space the floor and play. And play through it. And I think Jason loves to play that way; I think LB clearly likes to play that way, and they just read each other extremely well. We try to keep them on the floor at the same time."

Courtney Lee

Courtney Lee

Re: Whose baseline dunk was better, his or Jeff Green’s:
“Definitely mine, definitely mine. But Jeff, he soars through the air man. He does the Statue of Liberty so you can see how high he’s elevated."

Re: Boston's transition game:
"That’s one thing we’ve got to focus on now. Advance the ball up the floor with the pass. Just guard and make sure we get the stops and making sure the bigs care to rebound before we get out and run. So those are things that Doc emphasizes for us.”

Re: Bigs getting rebounds:
"Yeah, it’s a collective effort from everybody. We all have got to get in there and help the bigs out, especially the guards because you know we only have four of them right now so they are going to be battling night in and night out for the majority of the minutes throughout the game so the guards have got to make sure come and get those rebounds.”

Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce

Re: Playing strong despite losing key players to injury:
“You know with the injuries a number of guys are stepping up and that’s what we are going to need throughout the rest of the season. It can’t just be on one or two guys, it’s got to come collectively. You know we have to be consistent with it, the way we move the ball, the way we play defense, and hopefully we continue to play well."

Re: His expanded role without Rondo & Sullinger:
"Just trying to play to my abilities, I’m capable of doing a little bit of everything. Just trying to give the game what it needs. So regardless, if it’s playing Rondo’s role, Sully’s role as a rebounder, I’m going to try to fill the needs of what this ball club needs.”

Re: Jeff Green's increased production:
“It’s great. He’s been very aggressive, he’s getting easy baskets out on the break. He’s been attacking the rim in the half court and that’s the Jeff we pretty much envisioned, you know, coming into the season. I think we are doing a good job of finding him in his spots and he’s taking his time and really getting the job done.”

Orlando Magic

Jacque Vaughn

Jacque Vaughn

Re: Jameer Nelson's injury:
“It’s part of basketball, and we’ll continue to deal with it. It makes other guys have to fill in and fill rolls and we’ll keep at it.”

Re: Getting the game to within three points in the third quarter:
“It was unbelievable. We put our subs back in the game, made it competitive. They made shots, went on a little run and we couldn’t answer back.”

Re: Andrew Nicholson's performance:
“He had double digit rebounds which was good for tonight and he’ll need to continue doing that for us going forward. He has ability as we all know to put the ball in the basket so, he did some good things tonight. Whether he was passing, trying to make the right pass – I thought he did a lot of good things tonight.”

Jameer Nelson

Jameer Nelson

Re: The Magic not being able to catch a break in regards to injuries:
“Its tough, its tough. We go through this over the course of the season. We just have to keep fighting and sticking together and staying positive about everything.”

Re: The injury that took him out of the game:
“I took an elbow to the forearm, so we’ll see how I feel tomorrow.”

Re: The extent of his injury:
“Yeah, I mean the good thing is X-rays are negative, so let everybody do what they do in terms of diagnosing everything and see where I stand tomorrow.”

Andrew Nicholson

Andrew Nicholson

Re: Orlando fighting the injury bug:
“I feel as though we just gotta adapt to what we have. Coach showed us a video earlier before the game about adaptation, just using water as an example, going into anything so we just gotta make the best of this situation and keep fighting.”

Re: Keeping his head up and progressing in his rookie season:
“You know, I'm stil hanging in there. It's still a learning process for me. I'm picking up things a lot quicker, you know, the game is slowing down so it's an opportunity for me to accelerate that.”

Re: Earning the starting spot:
“It makes me feel good. It shows that I'm progressing in a positive way and I'm making a good impact on the floor, and you know, we’re still as a team, we work really hard. The first unit, the second unit; we don’t back down from anything.”