Reaction from TD Garden as the Celtics fell to the Cavaliers ,124-95, Friday night:
-- Paul Pierce on the early free throw discrepancy. The Cavaliers went to the line 17 times in the first half, the Celtics eight.
"Well, I mean, we fouled and they didn't," said Pierce. "They were aggressive, we weren't. That's usually what happens when a team is aggressive, drawing contact. They're going to get to the line. The team that's not getting to the line is not as aggressive."
-- LeBron James on his injured elbow:
"I think rest helped me. Rest helped all of us and we were able to put a complete game for the first time in these playoffs...I think it was much bigger than what it was, but I think that’s what happens sometimes in the whole media circuit. But it didn’t bother me at all. I wasn’t tired of hearing about it, I didn’t really focus in on it that much. My only focus was on Game 3, just having a whole 360 of what we did in Game 2.”
-- Antawn Jamison on the difference in James tonight:
"He’s our leader; he was really focused coming into today in shootaround, and when he goes we go. He set the tone early on both ends of the floor communicating, being aggressive going to the hole."
-- Doc Rivers on James:
“I think he’s healthy. That’s how I’m going to characterize it. His elbow looked very good tonight, and so enough with the elbow injury, all right? I think he’s healthy now, and now we can go ahead and everybody can just focus on basketball."
-- Doc Rivers on his team's performance:
"[Cleveland] shot 62 percent in the first half. So, offensively I’m not that concerned. It’s tough to run when you’re taking the ball out of bounds every single time. You know, when you think about that they shot 62 percent in the first half and they still had more offensive rebounds than us, that’s just bad numbers for us."