That's What He Said
That's What He Said - Suns at Celtics
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RE: Jayson Tatum’s willingness to make game-closing plays:
“Well, he certainly has always been a guy that’s been capable of scoring; that was something that you knew coming in – that was, everybody you talked to and watching him it was pretty clear that he was always going to be able to score the ball. Doing so at that moment, you never know exactly how guys will to react to that, but he has – he has a great balance of – he’s got a good fearlessness, he’s got a great demeanor, and he’s obviously extremely skilled. So, he was able to – to get to the rim on a couple of different occasions and make big plays late.”
RE: Kyrie Irving’s clutch plays late in today’s game:
“Yeah. Yeah. And we put ourselves in a bad spot after that fourth-quarter run. I thought we were doing a great job at the end of the third, start of the fourth, pushing that lead out, but that’s how quickly it goes. Kyrie had to make some big plays, Jayson had to make some big plays, Marcus (Smart) had to make his free throws. I mean, we had a lot of things that we had to do to close that out. But Kyrie’s ability to make those shots with very little space is pretty impressive.”
RE: Does Marcus Morris’ recent play influence his decisions about the starting line-up:
“Doesn’t really. Starting or when they play doesn’t really matter. So, he’s still going to start when we feel like the matchup is – is right. And the good news is, is that you’re not as quick to pull him because of the – because of the minutes restriction as it’s been lifted or increased. You know, having 25-30 (minutes) is much different than 20-22 when you’re trying to manage a four-quarter game. So, you know, whether he starts, comes off the bench, that’s only six minutes of the game. So, it’s more important that we’re able to put our best foot forward against every opponent. And I like the fact that we have some flexibility; I mean, there are some teams you just can’t start big against, and some teams that it’s hard to start small against. So it’s good that everybody is able to play well through that.”
RE: Traits that make Devin Booker so difficult to cover:
“Well, I think he’s – he’s really talented, he’s got a beautiful touch, he can shoot it going right, he can shoot it going left. It wasn’t just Devin scoring that was a problem; I mean, Tyson Chandler got behind us on a few occasions because of him. Because we weren’t either willing to help off of him on that side, or he had the ball off the pick and roll and we had too many – or not too many – we had guys that were really committed to him. And so, he put us in a tough spot. He’s a good player and the other thing is, I think he’s got great opportunity as a young guy to be their go-to guy every single night. And he takes advantage of it; he’s a heck of a player.”
RE: What makes Devin Booker so tough?
“He doesn’t have a conscious – he can shoot it with no remorse. He can let it fly whenever he wants and he’s really good… He has a green light and that’s what makes it tough. He can shoot it whenever at whatever time and he’s actually really good. He’s a really talented scorer.”
RE: Al Horford's career high assists:
“Al is super important, the attention he draws, and his passing ability - it’s special. When he’s scoring the ball at a high level, it just makes the game easier for everybody else.”
RE: Career high:
“Just trying to play through our offense, making the right plays, trying to push the pace. We wanted to make sure we had some good ball movement. We want to continue to get better as a group moving the ball, and I think today we took a big step in that direction.”
RE: Is offense catching up with the defense?
“It’s getting there. I think we need to do a little better job screening. Keep getting guys open- that will open up the floor even more. We have to do more of that for Kyrie so he can just go out there and not have to work so hard all the time.”
RE: Effort today:
“Yeah. They made twice as many three’s. They take them and make them. I thought they shot the ball very well early and we were fortunate to still be in the game. We competed well, we just got to not make mistakes and compete for more possessions than we did tonight. Our compete level was good, it’s just understanding the game and what’s available and not making mistakes down the stretch.”
RE: Any miscommunication on defense tonight?
“No, no. Our goal was to be in and close out. I looked at halftime how can I go after our guys and they covered it the right way, passes were on time, on target, quick releases, they made tough shots. I think the last play of the first half on the baseline, out of bounds is the only one I could say where we didn’t see man, see ball and didn’t close out properly. For the most part we challenged, and we were where we were supposed to be.”
RE: Down 17 but responded in the 4th quarter:
“Our discipline has to get better. We have to make sure we don’t make mistakes, but we fought back playing the way we wanted to play."
“I got headbutted and I felt my head was leaking and saw my hand. I’m cool though, got five stiches.”
RE: Effort from team tonight:
“We were playing the right way, we were playing team ball, everybody was getting good looks. Just had a couple mistakes defensively at the end, but I feel like we are growing. We competed and played hard and that’s all you can ask for. We will start to win those games as the season progresses and those close games when we know we got a lot to gain and make sure every possession counts.”
RE: Were those mistakes sometimes losing guys in transition at the three-point line?
“In transition, offensive rebounds; we got to cut down on those. Those are minor mistakes.”
RE: Effort tonight:
“I thought it was a good effort. We fought hard. They (the Celtics) are a good team and they were able to make the plays down the stretch, their ball movement understanding they got to finish the game, kept us on our heels. I thought we did a good job today, as far as defensively talking out there and then offensively moving the ball as well. It’s hard when you take a loss, but I think there is a lot that we can build on from the film. I honestly think it was one of our better games this year.”
RE: Were there difficulties losing guys in transition at the three-point line?
“Yeah, but they’re dangerous. You run back to the paint because Kyrie (Irving) is so efficient so you try to build a wall to stop him and you’re going to give up some open three’s and things like that. They are a good team and they made them when it counted.”