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11/17 Arbella Quote Worthy: Celtics vs. Kings

Read what the players and coaches had to say following Boston's 100-99 defeat to Sacramento.

Click on a player to reveal quotes from their postgame press conference.

BRAD STEVENS

RE: ON THE LAST SHOT OF THE GAME:

“I thought it was the right play by Kemba [Walker] to throw it over. I had a pretty good angle, but it didn’t look like it was going in. So, it looked like it was off after the bounce. Kemba made a nice play to drive and kick. Marcus [Smart] made the right play to drive again and got the ball up and it was a good look in that moment.”

RE: ON THE DIFFERENCE IN THE FOURTH QUARTER:

“There were a lot of controllables that we missed, but they had to also make some incredible shots. I think it was a mixture of those two. We’ll get to work from a film standpoint on those controllables; hopefully be better in some of those scenarios tomorrow, but also credit them. I thought that a couple of those shots were awfully well contested and those go in and it makes a big difference.”

RE: ON GOING WITH THE SECOND UNIT EARLY IN THE GAME

“Our starters haven’t started games well in the last two games. So, we’ve gotten a lot out of that group and we’ve been behind – 30 to 18 today, something like that on Friday. So, I thought that group gave us a huge lift. I think Brad [Wanamaker] and Semi [Ojeleye] were excellent. I thought Enes [Kanter] gave us good minutes. I thought that there were a lot of positives on the bench, that’s encouraging.”

RE: ON THE BENEFITS OF LOSING AND PREACHING ON WHAT’S NOT GOING RIGHT:

“We watch it the same. If we win, we watch the late plays that we could have done better. If we lose, we watch the late plays we could have done better. We don’t treat it any different, so I don’t really see any real positive in it.”

RE: ON BUDDY HIELD AND PICKING HIM OFF:

“A couple of them we could have been in his air space more – we let him have an open one early for no reason. That kind of got him started and after that the floodgates opened for good shooters. We did a better job on the play with 36 seconds where Daniel [Theis] took it out of his hands. We probably let him get going a little bit too much, but then the shots he made, like the pull up on the baseline, was incredible. The shake and raise 3 on Smart was incredible. He’s a heck of an offensive player.”
JAYLEN BROWN

RE: ON LOSING A TOUGH GAME:

“Obviously, I wish I could take that one back. I made some plays and reads that I made mistakes on and stuff like that. Just be more mentally sound even when your body is tired or whatever the case maybe; just make the right mental plays. Definitely watching film and get better and learn from it. Definitely a game that I wish I could have back, but in this league – we got a game tomorrow, literally – let it go and focus on the next one.”

RE: ON THE CHALLENGES OF PLAYING IN THE NEXT GAME

“I think it’s a good test for sure. Back –to-backs are always a challenge. For us, we’re playing against a good team tomorrow and it’s a challenge. We’re on the road, it’s a back-to-back, we have everything stacked up against us. We have every excuse to come out and drop the ball. But this team, we should be excited to come out and respond from the loss and play really well tomorrow.”

RE: ON THE CAUSES OF THE SLOW STARTS:

“We just need to be more mentally sound. I know it can be tough, injuries and things like that; we just can’t make excuses. We just need to be more mentally sound, starting with me. I need to be more locked in, engaged, more ready. Even if physically you’re not all the way 100 percent, mentally you need to be there every single night. It’s a learning process for sure. As we continue with the season, we learn how to adjust and things like that and we’ll be fine.”
MARCUS SMART

RE: ON MOVING GINGERLY:

“Yeah, my hip is a little banged up from the last game, but I was out there. I have to be able to perform, if not then I have to go sit my butt down.”

RE: ON THOSE FINAL TWO PLAYS:

“Yeah, we got a great look on the first one, missed it, then I came up with the offensive rebound. Instead of kicking it back out, I lost track of the time. I thought I had a quick layup instead of getting the ball and letting them foul us and controlling the game. I got called for the foul and [Richaun Holmes] made two big free throws, got the bounce on one of them to go in. Kemba made a great play [and] they stopped him. My man turned around and helped, he kicked it, I drove it just like anybody else would do. The ball just felt like it was just sitting on the rim forever."

RE: ON THINKING THE SHOT WOULD GO IN:

“I thought it was going in. I think everybody thought it was going in and it just rolled out. It’s one of those games. That’s not what lost us the game. What lost us the game was the early start. For me and everybody else in that starting unit, we allowed those guys to get very, very comfortable. As we know in this league, especially with great guys like those over there, when they get comfortable it’s very hard to get a stop when they get going.”
LUKE WALTON

RE: ON THE GAME:

“Let me start off again by talking about our defense. It was a great chance for us – we needed stops, we were playing from behind two or three and we set scenarios up like that in practice a lot where we’ll put one group in down three with three minutes to go so that they need stops to even have a chance. Again tonight, the energy, the discipline that we played defense with was very impressive. Still a lot of room to improve, but very pleased with that effort. Bogi [Bogdanovic Bogdanovic] having 10 assists and something that has hurt us all year is the turnovers – he had zero turnovers and that’s big for us. I could go down the line and it was a really nice team win. At different moments, everybody stepped up in some way and made a play on defense or offense. Buddy [Hield] was obviously spectacular, but what was great about Buddy and what I told him is we all know he can score and he’s going to have random nights like that. But I thought he was so committed to the team winning tonight as far as the way he was defending, sliding, and I think he had six rebounds, and just his all-around game. And that’s what we need out of Buddy if we’re going to try to win, [when] we start winning consistently. So, very happy and proud of the way that he helped us tonight. ”

RE: ON NEMANJA BJELICA PERFORMANCE TONIGHT AND CONSISTENCY THIS SEASON

“Yeah he’s great, he’s such a calming force with our team. It’s a new group and we rely a lot on young guys … what we need from him and what I’ve told him is we need his leadership. He’s naturally kind of a quieter guy, but he’s very experienced in basketball and in life. I think he’s done a wonderful job of just being a calming force and what we need, he finds a way to bring some of that. A lot of nights he’s got a tough matchup with today’s NBA and so we’re asking him to guard … we started last game with him on KCP [Kentavious Caldwell-Pope] and tonight he’s got [Jaylen] Brown. He’s all over the place with how we’re defending and he embraces it and he’s done a wonderful job.”

RE: ON THE TEAM STICKING AND PLAYING WELL TOGETHER

“It’s what you hear me talk a ton about – how important I think culture is with the team and building relationships and the trust factor between the inner circle of the group. I talk about it and spend a lot of time focused on it and I think it shows right now. This is a team that we started very slow for whatever reason and we splintered whenever things got tough and we weren’t playing with enough passion and energy. We stuck together and got stronger. We came in and we kept working. Part of becoming a mentally tough team is going through tough times and we’ve obviously got more tough times to go ahead, there’s going to be more losing streaks ahead for every team in the NBA. As long as we do it together, we’re going to get to where we want to go.
NEMANJA BJELICA

RE: ON THE RESPONSE TONIGHT AFTER TOUGH LOSS LAST GAME:

“We were lucky because of the way we lost the game against the Lakers. Today we won, it’s a great win for us. As long as we have victories in front of our fans, that’s very important for us as a team.”

RE: ON THE DEFENSIVE EFFORT TONIGHT:

“We lost against [the] LA [Lakers] two days ago, but also we are winning now because of our defense, not just because we have great offense. Buddy [Hield] scored a step-back [right side] fade away shot and then Richaun [Holmes] won the game with huge free throws. Every game, somebody steps up.”

RE: ON THE TEAM PLAYING WELL TOGETHER AS A UNIT:

“Yeah everybody’s ready. Luke [Walton] is a great coach, we have a very good coaching staff and great atmosphere around the team. Everybody’s ready and we play together. I’ve been here for two years, this team has been together for like three or four years. I’m one of the players with a lot of experience, so everybody knows their own role so we’re ready. ”
BUDDY HIELD

RE: ON PLAYING WELL AGAINST A DEFENDER LIKE MARCUS SMART:

“I feel like the last couple of days, I think I’ve been on [with] my shot. I’ve been just working harder with Igor [Kokoskov] and Jesse [Mermuys] and Coach Luke [Walton] just telling me to keep taking game shot reps because I’m always a catch-and-shoot guy and always trying to catch hoops in rhythm, but each time [the coaches] have me do stuff that I’m not comfortable with doing when working out – doing more catch-and-shoot off the dribble, run like full game-speed and stuff like that. It helped get my rhythm for the game. Look at the Lakers game, been getting shot in rhythm, turned pin downs off screens and just staying confident, man. That’s all you do – stay confident as a shooter and that’s the biggest thing. Bogi [Bogdan Bogdanovic] always says, ‘The next shot is the best shot.’ And I’ve got locked in that mindset and just go in there and compete.”

RE: ON WHAT THESE LAST FEW GAMES HAVE DONE FOR THEM MENTALLY:

“I’m going to be honest with you, I’m a loud guy on this team. So, I try to speak loud with my actions the way I carry myself on and off the court and obviously set an example. When I’m not making shots or playing high space, somebody else will say, ‘What’s wrong with you?’ So, I think the team feeds off my energy so whatever I do I always have to keep the right mindset, whether it’s missing [shots] or I’m hitting. Just bring the same energy I do each and every day and teammates thrive off of that and that’s big.”

RE: ON THE DEFENSIVE EFFORT LOOKING LIKE NIGHT AND DAY COMPARED TO THE START OF THE SEASON:

“Yes, for sure. We’ve all locked in – everybody and that’s Luke – Luke’s calling out guys and just making sure we stay locked in. If I mess up, he’s calling me out in front of everybody, he’s not pulling me off to the side. He wants us to feel it and wants us to take ownership of that and that’s big time by a coach. Point out and let us know we’re messing up, ‘You gotta lock in’ and that’s big for us. We all take it in and go out there and respond and guard somebody and play as a team.”
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