That's What He Said - Celtics at Bulls
Click on a player or coach to reveal quotes from their postgame press conference.
RE: 12-0 run in third quarter:
"That showed a sign that we were connected together, because we were expecting those guys to make a push – didn’t come as a surprise at all. But it swung the right way. Shows the collectiveness we had tonight, the last two games."
RE: Describe IT during that run:
We were just going to spread the floor out, give him space and let him create. At the time we felt like they didn’t have an answer for that. We had shooters everywhere and Al rolling to the basket. We got rhythm offensively. Defensively we just had to get stops."
RE: Bulls didn’t have answer for IT:
"He gets in a zone like that, he scores at will. Gets into those bigs and makes plays. We just spread the floor for him."
RE: Home team not winning yet:
"Never saw a series like that before. We're just taking it one game at a time."
RE: Did you see Rondo stick out leg?:
"The world saw it, right? It is what it is."
RE: Do you have advantage over defender?:
"Not one man can guard me. And that’s just the confidence I have but also my coaching staff and my teammates put me in position to be successful. No matter what other teams are doing, Brad figures it out and puts me in the position to be the best player I can be and my teammates allow me to do that as well."
RE: Elevating game in playoffs:
"Mentally and emotionally, I’m not here so... I just feed off what the guys give me. They give me a lot of confidence. I can’t do it without those guys. They believe in me. Being here is what makes me, I guess, sane. It makes me feel somewhat normal through these tough times."
RE: Carrying accusations:
"I mean, that’s not the reason why I’m an impossible cover. It is what it is. (kids laughing) I don’t know. I guess he’s going just keep saying it. But I’ve been dribbling that way my whole life. I don’t know what to say to that... I don’t think I’ve been called for it one time this year. So I don’t think that would change. I would say if I’ve been called for it a couple times but I can’t recall one time this season where I’ve been called for it, period."
RE: Getting to the rim during run:
"They were picking up fullcourt. They were trying to pressure. And we knew we just had to space the floor and try to attack them. Brad and the coaching staff figured what they were doing out and we wanted to set the picks as high as possible and then kind of let me go downhill. I just tried to make plays, not just for myself but for my teammates. With guys like Gerald out there and Avery, guys that can shoot the ball, you’ve got to pick your poison."
RE: Gerald Green in first quarter:
"For Gerald, I’ve said it all along: He’s going to win us a playoff game and I really believe that. We have so much confidence in him and I know when he’s on the court, he spaces the floor, not just for myself, but for everybody, even if he’s not making shots. You gotta respect his jump shot because he’s a hell of a shooter. I love when he’s out there because he gives me space to go to work and also another outlet when I get in trouble because I know he can knock down those shots."
RE: First quarter performance:
"I’m just trying to bring a lot of energy. It’s easy playing with Al Horford and Isaiah Thomas, man. Those guys are great orchestrators of offense. And the way that IT is able to get in the paint and make plays, it’s just really easy to go out there and just try to knock shots down. My job is to try to be the most athletic person on the court, on both ends of the floor, rebound the ball."
RE: Maximizing opportunity:
"I think you’ve got to believe. I think you’ve got to believe in yourself. I think you’ve got to put in a lot of work off the court to make sure you’re ready. Sometimes you’ve got to be ready so you don’t have to get ready. I do a lot of things that are like off the camera that a lot of people don’t see me do. So I just always try to prepare myself like I’m gonna play even when I wasn’t gonna play and even when I wasn’t playing my thing is I was always enjoying the team success, enjoying someone else’s success and that’s the biggest part about trying to be a championship team is it’s always gonna be certain guys that aren’t gonna play. It happens. You can’t play everybody. So for me all year I try to just be the motivator, try to be the vet that’s always being positive, always showing up to try to work on my game, try to be a good example for the young guys, and whenever my number is called just try to be ready. And coach called my number at a time I didn’t even think he’d call my number. But I had to be ready. I’m just glad I’m able to do everything I can to help this team get over the hump."
RE: Isaiah Thomas' performance thus far:
“I can’t believe it. I tried to say that earlier this week. But what he’s been through and the day-to-day, it’s unfathomable the way that he’s performed on the court. I mean, it’s been really incredible. And it didn’t go our way in Boston, but the guys were resilient enough to come back and tie this up. But we have a long way to go. But what he has done has been remarkable.”
RE: Covering Isaiah Thomas and getting into it with Marcus Smart:
"First off, Isaiah’s a terrific basketball player, man, so I’m not paying attention to if he's carrying the ball or not. It’s not my job to watch that and call it. Even if I do call it, I can’t do anything about it. As far as the Marcus Smart situation goes, he’s a great actor, acting tough, it’s what he does. But I don’t think he’s about that. I’m the wrong guy to get in my face. He needs to take it somewhere else, because I’m not the one for that. "
RE: Can you run point all night?:
"Very realistic because that’s what my team needs me to do. I feel like D Wade did it when he was my age. All of those players do that. Play big minutes and guard on both ends of the floor. Attack, score the basketball. I wanna win. So if I gotta play he whole game, if that’s what coach asks me and my teammates think I can do it, I’m cool with that."
RE: Do you need to drop 40 to win?:
"I don’t know. Maybe. I mean, if that’s what its gonna take one of these days, I guess I’m going to go for that. But I’m going to still pass the ball to the open guy and trust that they’re still going to shot with confidence and make the open shot and do everything else. On the offensive end scoring 40, I think I got to affect the game much more on the defensive end. I got to set the tone early and often."
RE: PG instability putting burden on your offense?:
"I don’t think much, you know? Offense is never the problem. 95 points can win games in the playoffs. We gave up 104. 30 in the first quarter, we gotta guard. Offense hasn’t really been the real big thing all year long. It’s not going to be the thing in the playoffs. We gotta man up. We gotta guard. We gotta pay attention when we’re going over their stuff and the scouts. We can’t have mishaps, man. That’s a back breaker for us, cause then somebody’s head drops cause they know that they messed up. It’s okay to make a mistake, but the same mistake over and over again in the playoffs? That’s not a good look."
RE: How do you finish the game with energy?:
"A lot of energy, but it’s all built up because we don’t come out with any energy in the first quarter. So we have plenty of energy in that second half. If we start playing at the beginning of the game like we do to get out of that hole, we’d probably be up, or at least we wouldn’t be down that much. "