That's What He Said
That’s What He Said - Spurs at Celtics
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RE: Beating the Spurs, after losing 11 in a row against them:
“There just a hard team to beat. I think a lot of people have struggled against them. They’ve got really good players. Obviously, great coaching. And just a way that they play on both ends of the court that’s really hard to play against. And, so, they were missing quite a few guys, though, and then (Manu) Ginobili being out on the second night of a back-to-back – you know, I think that we still had to make enough plays to separate it there, and I thought we were able to do that kind of chipping away over the first three quarters and that with that flurry at the start of the fourth.”
RE: Key to defense last few games:
“We went into the season with a few tweaks, but you know, also we really thought that our length could be a factor all over the court. And I still think we can improve quite a bit in that area, but our effort and our attention to detail – our communication with Al (Horford) and Aron (Baynes) is excellent. You know, if you go through something and walk through one time with Al and Aron, they can direct the whole thing. So that’s pretty – pretty unique, I think.”
RE: Kyrie Irving’s defense:
“He’s playing both ends of the floor really well, and he’s really – he’s really – you know, when you’re guarding all those high screens in the NBA that’s not easy. And he’s doing a good job of knowing when to peel back and switch. He’s doing a good job of chasing when he needs to chase, he stays in plays, he gets his hands on balls; he got a couple more balls tonight. I think we can continue to get better at finding him on offense and figuring out what our spots are for him, but you can tell he’s getting more comfortable every time he takes the floor.”
RE: How versatile is Semi Ojeleye proving to be defensively:
“I think Semi’s got a chance to be one of the better defenders around. And so we have to – you know, he’ll get more comfortable with where his spots are offensively, too. It was good to see him make that corner three, there. Got a couple of effort baskets. Got to the foul like. But I thought that the reason he’s in the game right now is to match up against Rudy Gay, and then to switch if we want to switch. And we knew that coming in, that he was going to have that ability. I think that his lateral ability is just so impressive for a guy his size.”
RE: Jason Tatum’s contributions on a weaker shooting night:
“Well I think the most encouraging thing is nights where they’re not falling, they’re not hanging their heads. I mean, Terry Rozier was 1-for-9 or something at one point and then hit four straight shots, and separated the game. And I thought Jaylen Brown was coming off of a couple games where he didn’t shoot it as well and tonight he played great. So it’s all about how you respond in this deal, whether it’s minute-to-minute or game-to-game.”
RE: Are you comfortable with role of D specialist?
“I just try to watch film. Try to prepare. These are great guys. I’m not going to stop every play. You do what you can.”
RE: How big was that 3 from a confidence standpoint:
“It was great to see it go through. I’m thankful. I praise god for that, to be honest.”
RE: Brad says you have a chance to be one of the better defenders. What does that mean to you?
“Those are big shoes to fill, with the defenders we have on this team, like Smart already. You want to be like those guys. Just trying to follow their lead.”
RE: How is this young team jelling as a group defensively?
“We’re just really buying in to what coach wants us to do and our young guys, their all ears. They’re really listening, trying to be better. We’re just trying to get better game by game.We know the Spurs, they play so hard. They make you really defend and you have to stay focused, and I was just proud of our group with the focus level throughout the whole game.”
RE: What does it mean to beat a team that has had this franchises number for a while?
“It feels good. They’re the type of team it doesn’t matter who’s out there, Their system, the way they play. They make you pay if you make mistakes. They don’t turn the ball over. They play team basketball. So for us it was a good team win.”
RE: Semi’s (Ojeleye) defense was important tonight. Comment?
“Semi’s defense is great. He really moves his feet real well. He has a good sense defensively. He knocked down a 3 late for us. I feel like that kind of officially opened the game up. So it was good to see him get some good minutes tonight.”
RE: Saw tonight:
“We actually played better even though we got our ass kicked. I saw some things that I liked, but we got a lot of stuff to go over with a lot of new guys. Its coming slowly, but I think its going in the right direction. I thought the Celtics movement was great, I thought they executed really well offensively and they are playing with some edge and some physicality and I think they look wonderful.”
RE: Kyrie (Irving) night tonight:
“No different than any other night I’ve seen him play. He’s a hell of a player, you think that’s going to change? Kyrie does what he does and he does it very well.”
RE: Think you got something out of this trip even though 1-3:
“Well sure that’s why you do this. It doesn’t matter if you win or lose you can improve in both situations. You see what you need to do and for us its just a little bit more knowledge, being understood on the court, more consistency, more habits with a lot of new people and that takes some time. I need to be patient.”
RE: Common thread last 3 games:
“We haven’t thrown a rock in a lake. Shooting has gotten worse and worse. Guys have to stay confident and we have to keep focusing on defense. Tonight guys competed and we made plays and some guys made mistakes that we have to correct, but other than that its hard to win games when everybody is missing.”
RE: Still getting used to each other:
“I think at times it has definitely affected us out there, but its no excuses we got to keep running through it, keep getting better, got to keep trying to learn how to play with each other. We are getting good looks at times and the ball just isn’t falling for us right now.”
RE: Pressure of being the guy day in/day out:
“I’m fine. This is nothing new. I’ve done it before. Tonight I was off, trying to find guys, trying to find a rhythm and we are off so it just happens. I’m fine and I’ll be back better the next game. Just got to keep focusing on the defensive end and stop making the mistakes that we are making.”
RE: Feel like no one can hit anything:
“Orlando was really ugly, probably the worse I’ve ever seen. Indiana wasn’t as bad. Defensively we just got to do better. We have given ourselves a chance for the most part just not playing defense for the full 48.”
RE: What can you do better:
“Give ourselves a chance to play defense when we don’t turn it over. Transition has been killing us I think more than anything. If we can take care of the ball better it will help us.”