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Game 1 - Eastern Conference Quarterfinals - New York Knicks at Boston Celtics - April 17, 2011

Boston Celtics

Doc Rivers

Doc Rivers

Re: Ray Allen down the stretch:
“Yeah, he was aggressive. But through our defense is what got him the ball, got us open court. Listen, they were shooting 54% in the first half; they end up shooting 42 for the game. I just thought defensively we joined the playoffs in the second half. Really disappointed in the first half; we were giving them everything: comfort shots, you know breaking our defensive rules. And in the second half we just upped our intensity and start following what we do every night and it created problems. And that allowed us to run. That allowed us to set picks. That allowed us to get in our offense at 18 instead of at 10 seconds.”

Re: Last plays:
“Well, I told them in the timeout, this was – if we get a start, we call a quick time out, we wanted to go for two-for-one. Being down three, the first point I had to make to them: we didn’t need a three. We needed to score quickly. And the play was for Ray (Allen); it was a bad pick. And Ray set a great pick. And you know our belief was that they weren’t going to get off of Ray’s body because he was on fire, and if they didn’t then Kevin (Garnett) would maybe have a lob. And if not, if they did get off his body, we were hoping that Ray got a shot. So it was great execution for us. It’s funny, because we have not been executing great of late. And all we stressed this week: that it may come down to one play and execution, and our guys did it. So that was terrific. And then the last play, you know they did a nice thing putting (Jared) Jeffries on (Rajon) Rondo so we had to change. But we never changed the play. We could see how they were guarding Ray again. And by Ray setting the pick, we thought it would cause confusion. It did, a little bit. They got the guy off of Ray’s body. And Paul (Pierce) made a great pass. You know, Ray’s the hero with the shot; to me Paul’s the hero with the pass. That’s a great example of not playing hero basketball; just trusting what we drew up. And he made the shot. I’ve got to say, Jermaine O’Neal tonight was – we won the game because of Jermaine O’Neal. That’s it. I mean he was – Forget his offense. His defense, his presence, his shot-blocking, his rebounding, his toughness – and he did it in both halves. He was absolutely wonderful.”

Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce

Re: Last play of game with no timeouts:
“Well, we had a foul to give, though. We were yelling that we had nine guys on the floor; I think I was guarding Carmelo (Anthony). You know, we said it in the timeout: that was the only thing that we kind of screwed up. I mean, we said we had a foul to give if we scored; we wanted them to bring the ball up the court and foul them by half-court. When I saw them pass the ball to Carmelo, I knew we were not going to do it and we didn’t know it anymore. And we got away with one. Because from my vantage point when it left Carmelo’s hands, I was thinking, ‘Wow.’ But we got away with it. And it was transition...that’s why. Listen, in transition you just pick up the nearest guy.”

New York Knicks

Mike D'Antoni

Mike D'Antoni

Re: On what he takes away from this game:
“Nothing that we didn’t know before. I think that we can compete with them obviously and we need to get one win. Tonight would have been a great opportunity. It didn’t work out. I’ve got to give them credit. They made big shots at the end. That’s why they are who they are. I didn’t like the way a couple things went towards the end but that’s life (and you) try to get over it.”

Re: The offensive foul called on Carmelo Anthony:
“Well in my eyes, obviously I’m biased. I thought it was a tough call and I thought the call that Toney (Douglas) went flying trying to chase Ray Allen was a tough no call. Those things happen. I’m not happy about it but it happens.”

Re: On what changed in the second half:
“I don’t think anything changed. I think you’re playing the Celtics. I didn’t think we were going to come in here and blow them out. It comes down to making big play at the end and Ray Allen obviously (made a play) and the lob to Kevin (Garnett) were big plays. Toney (Douglas) hits a big play and if we had one more. To go back to the first question, we’re confident and we’re ready for game two on Tuesday.”

Re: on if there was any chance the ball was coming out of Carmelo Anthony’s hands on last play: “Well you have to ask him. They’ve got to make the play and I’m confident with both (Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire) of them with whatever they do.”