Rockets at Celtics
TD Garden, January 13, 2014
Re: The game:
"You know, I told our guys afterwards, I don’t want to be the team that talks about the travel and then having to play. I mean, that’s part of it. I thought we were good early, and I thought we were good late, and in the middle we were dominated, really the better part of the second and third quarter. So, I thought we were good enough to be competitive in both of those first and fourth, but obviously the game was won in the second and third."
Re: Jerryd Bayless' contributions:
"He was good defensively most of the night, I thought, and provides a spark obviously offensively in a lot of the same ways that Avery (Bradley) provides a spark with his ability to pull up and hit tough jump shots. And I thought he gave us a chance – as did that whole second group - I thought they were all playing pretty darn hard there. And you know, a lot of those guys haven’t played as much and so for them to get that chance and they probably were a little fresher than the first one and to go after it, I thought it made a lot of sense to let him go after it."
Re: How Bayless is fitting in:
"I think he’s fitting in well. I think that he’s been embraced by our group. We haven’t had any collective success since he’s joined but the attitudes for the most part have been good and he’s been accepted very well."
Re: Jeff Green impacting the game even when he's not shooting well:
"Well, I thought he was excellent offensively the last two games, and I thought the first possession tonight he was guarding like a really, really good defender guards. And again, I don’t want to make excuses for him, and at the same time I don’t want to assume anything but he just didn’t have it. And that’s okay. And that’s why other guys are on the team, to step up and to fill that void when that happens. I thought some other guys did a good job, but clearly he wants to play better than that. But at the same time, he kept us in the last two in a lot of ways."
Re: Positives from the past week:
"There’s all kinds of positives, but they don’t make you feel any better at night, and that’s the reality of it. I mean, this is hard to go through, this is unenjoyable to go through, but it doesn’t mean there’s not growth on some – it’s not consistent all the time, but it doesn’t mean there’s not growth on the individuals’ parts."
Re: Feeling like he's fitting into the offense:
"Definitely. The first couple games I was just trying to feel everybody out, I’m still continuing to do that in the spots where I can get things going for myself and the team. Just trying to do that is my main focus."
Re: Playing in front of the Garden crowd:
"Pretty cool. Last night I went to the practice facility for the first time as well and just kind of playing and working out under the banners makes you go a little bit hardcore. It’s a really cool opportunity to be able to play and be here."
Re: Joining the team in the middle of a tough stretch:
"It’s tough, but I’ll be okay. These guys are great, everybody has been really helpful from the team to the organization - everybody - and its been a great experience so far. I’m looking forward to continuing to be a part and being a Celtic."
Re: Staying positive:
"I don’t know. We’re competitive and when you’re competitive you always find away to stay positive. Just try to find a way to win. We are fighting everyday."
Re: Characteristics of this team:
"This team is fighting to the end. As you can see we fight every game, we are just coming up short. Have to fight harder the next game and come out with a W"
Re: Brad Stevens' statement that Boston has played better in some losses than in some wins:
"I totally agree with that. We’ve been playing these past four games and this team doesn’t quit. We are going to find a way to win."
Re: Fatigue after a long road trip:
"We don’t use excuses around here. Its not something we can hide behind. We are fighting, we are playing hard and fatigue is out the door, you can’t use that as an excuse."
Re: Second quarter ball movement:
"We are getting better at it, we have some good cutting we have some good moving, the guys are playing with each other well. Three’s went in, we were able to move the ball and guys could anticipate the ball coming to them so they get their feet set."
Re: Composure in the fourth quarter:
"We are getting a lot of experience on that, getting a lead and then giving it up. So we are getting better at that."
Re: Jeremy Lin's performance:
"I thought Jeremy (Lin) had a really good game. I thought he pushed the ball, I thought he broke down their defense early and gotten on top of them before they could set. That’s when we are at the best, when we are on top before they could set. We had some really good ball movement - Getting back to how we have to play basketball."
Re: The game:
"That wasn’t perfect by any means. We didn’t play great in the fourth quarter. (Jerryd) Bayless hit some tough shots. We had to change up some things and make adjustments, but good players are going to do that, and he got hot a bit, but we’ve just got to continue to run our offense. We’ve got confidence in Dwight (Howard) to make those free throws when they start doing that, so I thought it was a real good win for us, but it wasn’t perfect."
Re: How his knee felt:
"It was really good tonight. I thought it was going to be a lot more sore. I’ve been doing a lot, a lot, a lot of rehab so I didn’t think I was going to play that many minutes. It was good. It didn’t get cold sitting too long and it felt good."
Re: Having more poise than in their recent game against Washington:
"I think for us, we just wanted to keep doing that, and just having Washington in the back of our minds - up 25 or whatever and going down 5 - we made sure we were like, 'We don’t want to be there again.' Coach was telling us, and I guess it helped us."
Re: Houston's thoughts as the lead dwindled:
"I think for us, stops. I mean we’ve got to get stops. You’ve got to dry up whatever was working for them. I guess it was a Brandon Bass-Jerryd Bayless pick and roll so we put Chandler on Jerryd, put TJ (Terrence Jones) in and switched the screens, and just gave them a little bit more length, and I thought that was a good decision on the coaches."