That's What He Said
Nuggets 114, Celtics 118 (3OT)

Boston Celtics

Doc Rivers

Doc Rivers

Re: The win:
"Just real, real happy with our guys. You know, it was a clear case of two teams that have been playing great; one had won nine, one had won six, and neither team wanted to lose the game. I’m sure George (Karl) would say and I know I’m saying I don’t think either team played great. We all, we missed a ton of open shots and so did they. We made a couple mistakes; so did they. Basically, bottom line is Paul (Pierce) was a shot-maker, made a big shot, and we just did enough to win. And I’ll take the win."

Re: Paul Pierce's big three-pointer:
"Well, the original play was Pierce coming off pick-and-roll, if he can get a three off, get it. If not, Jet. Then it was broken and Paul just made a play. I mean, that’s what great players do. I would love to tell you I had something to do with it. I was sitting just like the fans praying, ‘Please, Lord, Paul make a shot.’"

Re: Making the transition from, "We just lost Rondo and Sullinger" to, "This is who we are now":
"Yeah, that’s exactly – we’ve done that. For good or worse, that’s who we are. It’s not like either one can play for us. So they’re a part of our team, and that’s how we look at it, but they just can’t play right now. And this is who we are. We’re going to mix and match."

Re: On sitting Kevin Garnett in overtime:
"I tell you, as a coach you’re taking Kevin out to start one of the overtimes, you’re thinking, ‘What the heck’s going on here?’ But you had to. And I asked him, and he didn’t say anything; to me that means, ‘Yes, I need a blow.’ And I thought that may have helped him a little bit."

Jeff Green

Jeff Green

Re: Pierce & Garnett's intensity and leadership:
“It forces everybody to play with the same intensity or even higher. Those are our leaders, and they lead the way and we've got to follow suit."

Re: Opening the league's eyes after a seven-game win streak:
"A lot of people still doubt us, so we just gotta continue doing what we do. We can't come into games thinking we have to impress people. I don’t give a damn what people say about us. We just gotta continue to do what we do, and just gotta continue to get better.”

Re: The game being a "big" win:
"I think its just a good win against a good team. We've had a lot of good wins during this streak. We just gotta continue to get better, learn from the mistakes that we had, we gotta learn to close games out. We just gotta continue to get better every game. We can't look at jus this game as a big win. Every game is a big win”

Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce

Re: The win being a satisfying one:
“It was a good win, man. It was hard fought, we’re playing against one of the hottest in the league, on our home court. It’s definitely a satisfying win. When you come out and we looked bleak especially in the overtimes, this was a great game to be a part of. It was a great win against a quality ball club, not to say the other teams weren’t quality teams we played, but you know, this is the type of win that can give us confidence to move forward."

Re: Going to Garnett in the final overtime:
"That was part of the plan. We wanted to get him on the block, we wanted to get it to him on the spots where he can take the shot. That was a big part of the plan. We felt like he had the advantage, wasn’t going to it enough, but we just tried to keep going to him, keep wearing out the matchup, he made like 3 quick baskets in that last overtime, Jason hits a big shot, and that’s what you gotta do. A lot of different guys stepped up for us tonight. Jeff Green in the first overtime was huge. 2 huge shots at the end of regulation and 1 in overtime, so its gotta be a team effort. Avery’s defense…I mean it was a combination of everybody and that’s what its gonna take for us to move forward.”

Re: Players' roles without Rondo:
“Roles expand. I know what im capable of, but when you have a guy like Rondo, not as much is needed from you because you have another guy who can do so many things also. So I think with him out the roles gonna change. I’m gonna be more of a facilitator for this ball club, and you know its gotta come from not only me, its gotta come from a number of guys.”

Denver Nuggets

George Karl

George Karl

Re: His thoughts on the game:
“Very few times when you lose do you think it’s probably a good thing, and I thought we played as well as we can play with the circumstances. We played with a lot of heart, a lot of guts, we took a lot of punches and fought back every time. I don’t know how many times in the third and fourth quarter they went up ten points, but we kept coming and kept feeling like we could figure out how to win the game. I’m just sad that we didn’t win the game because I thought it would be a great win for us.”

Re: What KG did differently in the third overtime:
“I just think we were slow getting out on him. His range has improved and I think it’s about time that he get respect that he can make the 21, 22 footer rather than – he’s been an 18, 19 foot guy. It seems like Garnett has a huge heart and wanted to win the game and me made some big time shots.”

Re: Paul Pierce's game-tying three-pointer:
“I was thinking about yelling, ‘Foul, foul,’ but at the timeout we didn’t think about fouling because they had a lot of time on the clock. But once it got under ten seconds I thought maybe we would. You can’t defend him much better than we defended him. But Paul’s made a living on making big shots.”

Andre Miller

Andre Miller

Re: The outcome of the game:
“I think both teams wanted to go home. We had opportunities to close it early. You know, we just didn’t get it done. We thought about fouling Paul Pierce before he took that three, you know, making him shoot two free throws and then we would still be up by one with maybe like 45 seconds.”

Re: Ty Lawson's performance:
“He played great. If anyone had energy on this side it was him. He hit some big shots, some big shots to go into overtime. Another big shot to put us up by three points. Danilo hit a big three. It’s a game were we didn’t get the rebounds and they kicked them out and hit some big shots. And overall, we had some good things from this game.”

Re: How to fix his team's turnover issue:
“You know, just making the simple plays. I think we all play a part in that as a team. Making some tough passes and they’re causing turnovers. It happens like that when you are playing an up tempo offense. I think at times we just have to control it and pull it out, get a better shot. But you know we forced turnovers too.”