Re: What he called for the Celtics’ last play:
"Well we just wanted space. Our thought was take it to the end of the clock, because it wouldn’t give them a lot of clock coming back, and then attack and space. You know Paul (Pierce) is a shot-maker so he made a shot... We just kept telling everyone, ‘No one stand near each other, because that way they would trap. Just stand spaced.’ If we can get it to Paul, great; if we got it to Jet (Jason Terry) we were going to run pick-and-roll. That’s basically what we said, and he made a shot."
Re: How the Clippers got back into the game:
"We stopped playing. You could see it in the third quarter. It’s back-to-back games, and I told our guys that. I hate as a coach when you’re telling them that and they’re agreeing with you after the game, and we still did it. That’s back-to-back games where we were playing really good basketball. We were pressuring, we were getting up the floor, we were playing in space, our offense was early clock – and we get into the third quarter in the middle of it and all of a sudden they’re scoring in five seconds, we’re walking the ball off the floor. And I’m trying to tell them, ‘That’s not who we are. We can’t be that anymore.' We just can’t. We can’t play that way."
Re: The performance of Boston's bench:
"Just everyone is scoring. Everybody who played scored a bucket. And when you look at – the guy who stuck out to me is Jason Collins got three points from setting picks, when you think about it. One was a four-point play, and the other one was a chance to be a four-point play. And all he did was set a pick. And that’s great for our bigs; if you set picks, you can score too, now. And it was terrific."
Re: Is it refreshing to see Collins do the "intangibles":
"Every time he comes in the game. It’s funny, my oldest son was at the last game; he said, ‘Golly. Every time Jason Collins comes in something good happens.’ And I said, ‘Yeah, Jeremiah, it’s really a wise statement.’ But it is, and he’s right. He doesn’t do bad things; he just does a lot of good things."
Re: What it says about the C's to have one four in a row after losing key players:
“I’ll tell you the truth, I didn’t even know we won four in a row, I just know that we have been moving the basketball, playing as hard as crap, playing together since we lost two big guys. So thank you for the information."
Re: The importance of ball movement:
"Ball movement is very important. It lets you know that everybody’s involved, more importantly playing together as a team is more of the emphasis. I think when we let our guard down and the ball’s not moving, it’s hard for the team to get back in the game. But the way we build our lead is definitely through defense and ball movement. That’s the reason we’ve been able to play solid basketball as of late.”
Re: Playing without Rondo:
"Paul and I have been here obviously the longest out of anybody so we’ve had some experience in playing without him. We’ve played a couple games with this group without him. So it’s been a transition. You know, the normalcy of not having him here is starting to set in, so guys kind of know that they are going to play and being prepared for that. It’s a transition. You know, I don’t know where we are at it but we’re going to take it one game at a time and we are going to continue to, like I’ve been saying throughout these last couple wins or whatever, just continue to consolidate that responsibility through everybody.”
Re: Boston's balance as a team:
“Balance is the formula for our success, you know we've got do it by committee. Obviously we got two of our key parts down, but again, spreading the wealth. We gotta make sure everyone gets involved, everybody’s into the game. Defensively we had a great three quarters, but we let a lot of baskets go in transition, which we've got do a better job of."
Re: The fast tempo being better for his game:
"Just 'cause it's much more open, its free-wheeling. The defense cant sit on particular plays. This league is great with scouting and they get used to you. They kind of know your tendencies. But in this offense, it's very unpredictable. You don’t know who’s gonna get a shot, but we know we’re gonna get a good one.”
Re: What allowed the Clippers to get back into the game:
“We turned the ball over and allowed them to get out in transition, so that let them in it. We’re very resilient, even though we don’t have one guy that we can point at that’s gonna get us in something, we’re gonna get stops and get our best ball-handlers with the ball at the end of the game.”
Los Angeles Clippers
Vinny Del Negro
Re: The outcome of the game:
“I thought we fought back well, obviously had some chances. You know, we turned the ball over way too much. And we’re a little out of sync right now obviously with the rotations and with the injuries we have but that’s no excuse. We just played harder in the second half. You know, they made some tough shots, which sometimes you expect, Paul hit a big three obviously, but you know we battled, we had our chances, we just weren’t able to execute there down the stretch.”
Re: Whether his team should have fouled on the last possession:
“I wouldn’t of have wanted to foul them there, I would have wanted to foul Paul Pierce there. You know it was right on the number we’ve done it both way. You know if we get a stop there, three or four seconds to go we’ve got plenty of time, two point game, could of fouled, if I was going to do it I would of fouled Courtney Lee early right when he got the ball, but you play the percentages. We went back and forth with it, we just felt we could get it down.”
Re: Eric Bledsoe's performance, starting in place of injured Chris Paul:
“Yeah, Bled was good. He played well, and I liked the way he was playing aggressive in the second half, he got a couple early fouls, we had to get him out of there. The second quarter was a difference in the game tonight, we had to get him out with his fouls and then they took control of the game against our second unit. And then we were fighting them uphill the whole second half. But guys battled, not good enough. You know we’ve got another one tomorrow.”
Re: The outcome of the game:
“They had us on our heels. They were the aggressors and that’s what we do to teams when we are the most successful. They did that tonight. You tip your hat to them, but if we were to come in with the same effort you had in the second half, I think it would have been a different outcome.”
Re: What's changed with this Clippers team:
“We’re playing better for sure. A month ago our team was a little bit different, having Chris out there. No excuse. We’re out there, they’re missing some shots, but we’ll get back on our horse and see what happens.”
Re: Boston's offense in the absence of Rondo:
“It’s (the ball) definitely moving around. It’s a little hard keying on guys. Pierce is going to get his, Garnett’s going to be a big part of what they do, but other guys are stepping up for them and that’s a credit to their team.”
Re: Los Angeles' biggest problem defensively:
“Just effort. Effort. We are all capable of playing defense. We’ve done it before. I just think we have to do it more consistently. We have to be on the same page, we have to trust each other. We have to know our rotations and if someone gets beat we have to have that persons back and I think we’ve just been a step slow lately.”
Re: Why the Clippers second unit had trouble executing:
“We’re just a little out of rhythm. Obviously, we were a strong unit. When we had Bled (Bledsoe) as our point, but now mixing Jamal into the point and Grant into the point, guys are just playing a little out of position, but that’s no excuse. We’ve got to continue to find and find ways to win and even when we aren’t scoring we’ve got to continue to be able to play defense.”
Re: His poor performance:
“I was hesitant in the second half, shooting, cause I didn’t shoot the ball well in the first half and then really not playing for a week. Getting kicked out early in the Minnesota game then not playing the game after that, I was out of rhythm offensively, but I tried to play, and help them out on the defensive end and help our team out that way.”