That's What He Said
That's What He Said - Timberwolves at Celtics
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RE: Difference in team’s energy, now that there have been some practices and days off:
“Well we’ve had two practices, and a snow day. And I think the most important thing has been the off-time. But, you know I thought it helped our defensive intensity. I thought our defensive intensity and focus was great all night, and then to win a game like that against a really good team where you can’t make a shot is, you know, that’s a good thing. Because you’re going to have nights like that, and you just have to find a way.”
RE: The bench’s improvement in the last few games, on both ends of the floor:
“I thought that they were really good. I thought (Daniel) Theis was good all night; you know, obviously, (Karl-Anthony) Towns is a really tough match-up. You just try to throw as many bodies as you can at him. But, his ability to make a shot and also to roll to the rim is really helpful. And then I thought Terry (Rozier) and (Marcus) Smart, you know – those guys are good players. They’ve been doing it for a long time here, and they just keep getting better and better. And I thought that that group at the start of the fourth quarter – Theis, (Aron) Baynes, Terry, Smart, and Kyrie (Irving) – probably hasn’t played one minute together before that, but it was a good, effective group together and kind of pushed the lead out.”
RE: Decision to put Irving in at the beginning of the fourth:
“I took him out a little bit earlier in the third, with that intent.”
RE: Happy reaction when Rozier hit his third-chance three-pointer:
“I think one of the things that you never want to do, is you never want to overreact to shots not going down that are good shots. And so, like, I think that sometimes it’s just about smiling, letting it fly, don’t worry about the result. Just believe you’re going to make the next one. And you keep shooting the right ones, you will. Now I thought that we just got to the point where it looked like we were hoping on every shot. But our defense never waned, which was really encouraging. Because earlier this year when we played Miami here, and they went on that little run, and we couldn’t score – I thought we weren’t as good at staying the course. So, it’s hopefully what experience has built you up.”
RE: Smart’s offense:
“One of the things about – sometimes when we’re struggling, I think the ball is going to find energy. And Marcus Smart has energy. And plays that way and plays with a great chip. I think that he is doing a really good job right now of choosing the right ones. You know, he had a couple where he got into the paint, or just outside the paint. Shot a pull-up with the right amount of shot prep and everything else and it went down. And then I think he’s really trying to get to the rim when he can. And so, it’s been a – he’s playing at a good level. We need him to continue to do so. Obviously, he’s a really important part of our team. It’s hard to go small tonight, which is a little bit unique, because of their – their size. And so, we didn’t go small until the last three or four minutes. But Smart’s ability to guard those other positions helps.”
RE: Rough shooting night for both teams:
“There are nights like that when defense – our defense played pretty well tonight, that’s what pushed us over at the end of the game."
RE: Are you and Marcus Smart in a groove together?
“Yeah, it’s our third year playing together. We hit a slump, which is what happens. But we’re playing good basketball now, like I said, plus we’re locked in on the defensive end, so we’ll be fine.”
RE: Where is the energy coming from during this win streak?
“It’s coming from a little bit of everybody. It’s tough. We got a lot of games. We play a lot of games. You’ve got to find a way to get your energy going, and some games the first unit will start off well, and sometimes our second group picks us up. We just got to find ways to come out with a lot of energy through these games ‘cause it’s tough.”
RE: Do you feel better now than when you were playing all those games in December?
“Definitely. I feel like we’re playing AAU again. It definitely feels good when you give your body some time off to rest, to recuperate and get back at it.”
RE: How does it feel that the defense picked the team up today?
“It’s a great feeling for this coaching staff, that’s really good. ‘Cause they spend a lot of time on offense, but also on the defensive end trying to make sure we’re in places to succeed. So if the shots not falling, the coaching on the defensive end is big.”
RE: What happened tonight?
“They are a good team. You got to play 48 minutes against them to win. We didn’t do that. We had a lull at the start of the 4th. I thought defensively we were pretty good, didn’t rebound the ball as well as we needed to and we struggled shooting the ball. Their defense is terrific. (Marcus) Smart and (Terry) Rozier were huge for them. They are so deep that sometimes you can overlook those guys. We talked about how important Rozier and Smart are to the team and they made big plays at timely spots in the 4th for them. Then of course the way Al (Horford) passes the ball and Kyrie (Irving) keeps constant pressure on you and their wings, their versatility, their wings with both (Jason) Tatum and (Jaylen) Brown its tough. They are a very good team. The numbers tell you that from win/loss to all their statistics. They play hard, they play for each other.”
RE: Having trouble with rebounds:
“Yeah and I think we’ve made some good strides defensively, we didn’t finish our defense the way we would have liked. You can’t give a team like that two and three cracks at it in the 4th quarter. We did that. I thought Kat (Karl-Anthony Towns) had a terrific game for us, an all-around game. Tyus (Jones) getting in foul trouble, I thought Aaron (Brooks) gave us very good minutes off the bench so that was a plus.”
RE: How would you consider your offensive effort?
“We weren’t hitting as many shots as we would like today, but I think we did a good job defensively making it hard on them. I think our defensive numbers were pretty good today. We just didn’t make the shots that we needed to make.”
RE: Comparing you and Andrew (Wiggins) compared to Jason Taytum / Jaylen Brown experiences:
“I think it’s two different roads travelled. We had the opportunity to play right away, plug and play and trying to find our way through our mistakes. Then we’re able to learn on the fly by seeing what the right things were to do. It takes time, everyone has a different road. Me and Andrew were given a different road than Jason and Jaylen, but hopefully we all meet at the end being so me of the best players.”
RE: Having trouble with long rebounding:
“Yeah. That’s how the way the ball bounces sometimes, but we just got to do better as a whole tracking down long rebounds. We talked about how many three balls they would put up, how many long rebounds there were going to be. We just go to make a conscious effort to go get them, we can’t just rely on Kat (Karl-Anthony Towns) to get every single rebound. He did a great job of it, but we got to help him. He can’t be everywhere on the floor.”
RE: Back to back losses:
“Nobody wants to lose, especially not two in a row let alone three in a row, four in a row. You’re coming in here against a really, really good team as everybody already knows, on their floor you got to play damn near perfect basketball in order to get a win against that team, away on the road, here and I don’t think we did that. They were phenomenal on both ends of the floor.”