“The last play was drawn up as get the ball to Paul Pierce and get the hell out of the way,”
"Superman's in the booth. Let's go home. That was the play and if you don't believe that, ask Doc Rivers and he'll say the same thing."
"we aren't a perfect team. We're in the process of getting better."
"They weren't undefeated for no reason,"
"The things that stick out is that they're a lot more defensively sound than they were a year ago,"
"I wouldn't call it a rivalry yet."
"Man, he's got a cape on his back sometimes,"
"We've all been on his back; it's been the Paul Pierce show for the last two games in the fourth quarter. I'm glad he's on my team."
"I think he's [Paul] a sneaky athlete,"
"You look at him and you don't think he's very athletic. He's one of the most athletic guys on the team."
"He plays at a perfect pace,"
"He's just a great player, man. He's a superstar. What more can I say?"
“He works on those plays every day,”
“When Marvin Williams hit that shot in the corner, I could tell that (Pierce) was mad. I saw them dancing out there. They thought it was over. But the Big Three is never over.”
"The Hawks have been playing really well and we knew it was going to be a tough game,"
We watched them on film, how hard they play, they're one of the best defensive teams this year, and they have a lot of talent."
"The key for us is to continue to grow. We know it's a long season and it's a pretty tough schedule with the teams we're playing. We're playing a lot of playoff teams early. I always said you don't have to learn from losses, you can learn from wins. And, definitely, the last two games we're learning and we have to get off to better starts."
"We ran the play as designed,"
"We watched film, we saw how hard they play,"
"We didn't expect this game to be easy."
“Once I went to the right I had the big guy on me. I sort of got to my sweet spot and I felt good the whole time,”
“The play was to get the ball to Kevin and if they switched off, either hand off or he would take the drive down the lane. But they switched and put Horford on me, and I knew I could get to my spot. I got to it, and thank God it went in.”
"I told them to play together,"
"Everyone was thinking of putting a shot up instead of playing together."
“It was frustrating just trying to get a stop,”
“You’ve got two of the top four defensive teams in the league, and on every possession the other team kept scoring. That’s frustrating for a coach. Then you get up by three or four, and they make a 3. I mean, they made amazing shots. For fans, it was fun.”
"I told Paul 'average execution."
"Overall I just thought a good win for us, and another win where we didn't play great but we're still winning games. And that, guys, is a good sign not a bad sign."
"The second unit has played great for us,"
“I thought our starters came out and played great,”
"They [Hawks] discovered a lot about themselves in the playoffs,"
"too close for comfort."
"The slow starts in games haven't had too much affect on the season so far."