EVAN TURNER

“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.”

BRAD STEVENS

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.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2016/01/07/brad-stevens-philosophy-loose-balls-floor/CwofnhiVqW4UodiOH4qGeK/story.html

PTRW #979 ISAIAH THOMAS

On sacrificing personal numbers for the betterment of the team:
“It’s tough, but winning teams do it though. They might be mad at the end of the day but they are going to do whatever it takes for their team to be successful and that’s what winning teams do, that’s what the mature teams do. We know at the end of the season there’s a bigger goal than individual success. We have a lot of great guys in this locker room where they understand that.”

PTRW #970 EVAN TURNER

“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.”