Celtics at Thunder
Chesapeake Energy Arena, January 5, 2014
Re: Positives to take from the game:
"Well I thought our ball movement in the first half was really good, but that dried up in the second half and we didn’t help each other on defense very often. One of the things we have to do as a group is when things don’t go well we need to collect ourselves quicker and make things go in our favor again. When things are going well we’re not bad, but when things don’t go well we haven’t responded well lately.”"
Re: Reggie Jackson:
"Yeah he was great, he was great tonight. He wasn’t driving and kicking very often; he got to the rim on us way too much and he made a couple tough ones and he got to the line some, but for the most part I thought we probably didn’t do a good enough job on him as a group not necessarily as an individual."
Re: Jackson's 3-point shooting:
"I don’t think of it in the way of tipping your cap, you try and figure out how to stop it or how to make it tougher, but he’s obviously a good player. Durant’s obvious, Ibaka’s obvious. Those guys have proven themselves time and time again, but the guy’s who really stand out to me in their improvement as a group over the course of the season and what makes them [the Thunder] I think one of the two or three favorites to win the whole thing is the fact that Jackson and Lamb are developing so fast"
Re: The loss:
"I just know that we won’t win games if we don’t bring effort every single game. We showed that tonight."
Re: Reggie Jackson:
"We knew that he was a good guard, and he came out and made some good shots for them."
Re: How the Thunder built their lead:
"In that third quarter they went on that run, and we had no answer. We came a little bit too attached to our man and let them get easy lay-ups."
Re: Boston's defense:
"I think we need to refocus. I think we’re out there running, giving us an individual mindset which causes us to be attached to our man. We just need to get back to basics and try to fix things."
Re: The game:
"Well we did a great job of passing the ball tonight. 28 assists and taking care of the ball... it was one of our better games offensively. Reggie started the game off and his stroke was right on target. KD (Kevin Durant) had great moments in the middle of the game and Serge (Ibaka) and Jeremy (Lamb) did a good job closing the game out. Our passing and taking care of the basketball was at a premium tonight."
Re: Jeremy Lamb's development:
"That’s something that we take pride in. We take pride in getting our players better. He’s getting better and you’ve got to give him the credit. He puts the work in. He comes back the next day looking to improve his game every day. That’s our focus on all of our guys and he’s done a great job with that. He’s a guy that we want to keep improving in a lot of different areas. We don’t want him just to be a shooter we want him to be a player. That entails playmaking, rebounding, defending, and he’s done a good job so far this season"
Re: Hasheem Thabeet and Andre Roberson:
"It’s nice. I feel for Hash (Thabeet). He’s done a great job all year. He comes to practice every day, stays after and gets there early. He’s one of our biggest cheerleaders on the bench. He’s always cheering on our guys and picking our guy’s spirits up. He’s great in huddles and great in the locker room. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of minutes for him right now. But he has to stay ready. You just never know. But he’s ready. He’s in shape and he works hard with our coaches and our staff. It’s great to see him. And it’s also Andre. He’s the guy that we’re going to continue to develop and get better. It’s nice for him to get six and a half minutes"
Re: Getting everybody involved on offense:
"Yeah, we moved the basketball. We had 28 assists, so that’s the formula for us, everybody has to be involved."
Re: Setting the tone for the Thunder:
"Yeah, I think we always want to come out in the third quarter with some energy, and the last two home games we didn’t do that. I think it’s on me to get everybody involved and also be aggressive for myself, but you know, maybe being aggressive is me looking for my teammates. They put me in great positions and I was able to make some passes and they finished them."
Re: What he saw from Reggie Jackson:
"I liked his aggressiveness, he’s picking and choosing his spots well. He just went at them. He went at (Jordan) Crawford, he went at Avery Bradley, two tough defenders and he just went downhill to the rim every time, so that’s what we need from him. That’s going to open up his three point shot as well."
Re: How he excelled on offense:
"I got some opportunities around the rim. The bigs were doing a great job of screening. They were pretty aggressive and I was able to get free but mostly just getting down, staying in attack mode, and getting to the rim."
Re: Oklahoma City's energy after halftime:
"I’m pretty happy with the way we came out. We let up at one point in the third. I think we were up by 10 at half and we were up 11 after being up around 15. We were battling back and forth and I think we all decided eventually that we were going to get stops and then just try and get in transition and get easy baskets. I was pretty happy with the way we came out and made sure we put this game away and didn’t let it come down to the stretch like the last two games at home."
Re: If he feels pressure as a starter:
"No. Pressure bursts pipes or makes you honest. I’m cool with it. I put a lot on myself and I expect big things from myself ...I’m just happy to have a pretty good game tonight and most importantly come out with another win...I’m just trying to get better for the team and rack up as many wins as possible."