That's What He Said - Game 4, Celtics at Knicks

That's What He Said
Game 4 - Eastern Conference Quarterfinals - Boston Celtics at New York Knicks - April 24, 2011

Boston Celtics

Doc Rivers

Doc Rivers

Re: New York's comeback:
“I thought we dropped the guard a little bit. They were desperate. They had energy and I don’t think we didn’t match. I thought we lost a little bit of that. We came out and scored a little bit to start the third and we lost our edge and they had an edge.”

Re: Boston's second-half struggles:
“We got away from what we call our formula. We went to too much iso (isolation) and too much post and that allowed them to trap. We went away from what we did all of Game 3 and most of tonight which is multiple options and let (Rajon) Rondo read.”

Re: The Knicks' makeup:
“I think Mike (D’Antoni) is one of the best coaches in the game. The addition of Carmelo (Anthony) is a huge addition for them. You have to keep building. Having (Amar’e) Stoudemire and Carmelo...that is two great pieces to have. They are just going to keep adding. As long as everyone stays patient with them, it will work out.”

Re: The Celtics' defense:
“We don’t like direct line passes because you can’t recover from those. We are such a help team. We load to the ball. We talk about hot hands. If we don't have hot hands tonight those passes are straight to the guys when they are ready to shoot.”

Re: Boston's team:
“I love our team. We do some things that are a little nuts but they have a way to play together and they trust each other and as a coach that is all you can ask for.”

Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce

Re: Playing on the road:
“I settled in and got into a good rhythm once we got on the road. Sometimes the road can bring you together because we really didn’t play well at home. We have been a good road team in the playoffs the last couple of years now. That might be something we needed and hopefully we can get better at home.”

Re: The Knicks:
“They really have a great foundation. When you are building a team, you figure out who you are going to build around. Everybody knows they have a great foundation around Amar’e (Stoudemire) and Carmelo (Anthony). They have something the fans can get excited about. If you add a few more pieces...they are not that far away.”

Re: What the C's learned from this series:
“Execution down the stretch and like (Rajon) Rondo said the rebounding. We haven’t been rebounding the ball well all year long. But when we do rebound and play defense we are a great team.”

Re: Rajon Rondo's play:
“When he plays with that type of energy we are almost unstoppable. Pushing the ball, setting the pace of the game, rebounding. We ask a lot. He has to carry a lot on his shoulders but we know he is capable of that.”

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo

Re: What the C's learned from this series:
“I think we did a great job of closing the games out. Especially games one and two. We didn’t play well but we executed down the stretch. Obviously rebounding too.”

Re: Winning the series in four games:
“That is what we expected coming in. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy. We haven’t swept a team in a long time. It is a good feeling to get some rest.”

Re: Boston's offense:
“I think time and practice. Doc (Rivers) shortened the playbook. We really kept it simple. We went to our bread and butter down the stretch, the last four or five minutes of the game.”

Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett

Re: New York making a run, but Boston responding:
“They are just too good offensively not to put up points. They got aggressive and made that run...I thought we kept that run very short and sustained it and then made a run of our own. We made shot after shots. We got into a rhythm and we got some stops and that was it.”

New York Knicks

Mike D'Antoni

Mike D'Antoni

Re: Amar'e Stoudemire playing while injured:
“Amar’e started the year out the way he ended it...all heart. He missed three or four practices of what we were doing. He was a little bit behind physically but he gave it all. He was unbelievable as a leader and as a person.”

Re: His team's playoff experience:
“Experience is something you can’t manufacture. A lot of guys...this is the first time they have played meaningful minutes in the playoffs. Whether they played good or bad this will help them and help their mindset next year.”

Re: The differences between the Celtics and Knicks:
“I think the biggest thing right off the bat...Boston today is a better team than we are in every sense of the word. They have great players that can execute especially the first two games down the stretch where we came up short. Whether that would (have) changed the outcome of the series no one knows but they are a better team. We have to get up to that level.”

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony

Re: His difficult season:
“It has been a crazy year for me. Just everything I went through as far as the trade talk and then for the trade to actually happen. I will never forget this season. For the most part, just getting here and just try to bring the hope and faith back to New York. Trying to bring New York Knicks basketball back and bring something that they can look forward to on a year in and year out basis.”

Re: The Knicks' future:
“I am excited about the upcoming seasons. We proved to a lot of people, shorthanded or not, that we are going to compete on in night in and night out basis. I am pretty sure we gained a lot of respect from a lot of people. This is a first step in something great to come.”

Re: The Boston Celtics:
“Celtics... the one thing they had over us is experience. Those guys have been together. Those guys went through a lot...winning a championship.”

Landry Fields

Landry Fields

Re: Taking on the Celtics in the first round:
“It was tough. It was the end of a grueling season and then you have the Boston Celtics. They have a lot of experience on that team. They have won championships and when you have guys like that, coming out and trying to play against them is tough.”