“I think we’re on our way to being a good team and doing things the right way, and, at the same time, there’s nothing wrong with being a blue collar team. We absolutely play tough. The NBA is supposed to be full of superstars, and we kind of prove it wrong. It’s a situation here where we don’t have four or five quote-unquote superstars like most teams. We come out and we try to play our butts off every night. We earn the right to be on the court, and we earn the right to get our wins.”
From Terry Rozier:
“He’s an All-Star for a reason. He watches the most film on the team, he takes care of his body and he’s just always locked in. He’s focused all the time.
Great stuff from the Boston Celtics head coach
If there’s a ball on the ground and you are near it, you should dive. That’s your job. You come up maybe with a little scrape, but now these floors are pretty smooth when you dive, [players] got all the pads on. They’re pretty well-covered.
I just think there’s a right way to play the game, and it’s all out, all the time.
It was, basically, there are no excuses. And the only way we’re going to improve is if we’re accountable. You can look in the mirror and say, ‘We need to improve.’
Control what you can control; be great at controlling the controllables. That refers more to trail the screens your supposed to trail. Be reliable in doing your job every day.
“We have to go out there and play the right way.”
From Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens:
“We’re not asking him to work miracles out there. Just make an open shot or two, rebound the ball, defend your position, be able to switch, defend a couple positions, and that’s enough.”
“We have a professional way about us in regards to getting better at our craft. And I think that kind of wears off on everybody else. Eventually, it’s either you get with it or get lost if you’re not that type of player that wants to keep getting better day-in and day-out. I don’t see many people on this team taking days off.”