Assorted reaction from Celtics and Cavaliers players and coaches following Boston's 95-84 win over Cleveland in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Thursday night:
-- Celtics coach Doc Rivers on what made him confident in his team all season even when others weren't:
ďWell I just -- I told you guys before, I saw us in training camp. And I know that sounds crazy, but I thought we were phenomenal in training camp. I thought we looked better in training camp than we did two years ago, quite honestly. As a team I thought we were close. We started out great and then obviously we fell apart, with injuries and all kinds of other issues. But you can see that everybody wanting to get it back. It was tough the last three weeks of the season because we had to make a choice. And I told you guys before what we were going to do with the rest and stuff. Obviously we fell, we lost a lot of games. But I think overall it was probably the right thing to do because we did get guys healthy. And thatís the only way weíre going to be able to try to win this, is by being healthy.Ē
-- Paul Pierce on the Celtics' balance:
"Thatís what makes us so strong. When you do your scouting report on us, you have to worry about four, five, six different guys night in and night out. A lot of the great teams, they have at least one great player, when you look at Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James. So a lot of our scouting report is going to be geared to the star players... I think with us you can't just key in on one guy."
-- Mo Williams on what the Celtics did to take him out of his game during the series:
"They just wouldnít let me get my normal spot-up, but playoff basketball, thatís what teams are going to do."
-- Cavaliers coach Mike Brown on his future in Cleveland:
ď[Cavs owner] Dan Gilbert has been terrific to me from Day 1, and I understand what my job is. Iím not thinking about that right now. What Iím concerned about and what Iím thinking about is how we lost the game. Thatís my biggest worry right now.Ē
-- Rasheed Wallace on the matchup with Orlando:
ďItís going to be interesting, itís going to be good. You know they got the big, young fellow down low. They have three bigs also, in Dwight [Howard], [Marcin] Gortat, and Brandon [Bass], but we actually have four or five bigs. Itís going to be a good matchup. I think that Paul matches up well with Vince [Carter]. Jameer [Nelson] and Rondo, I think that is going to be the whole key matchup of everything.Ē
-- LeBron James on where he will end up next season:
"Me and my team is gonna figure out whatís the best possibility for me. I love the city of Cleveland of course. The city, the fans. It was a disappointing season to say the least but at the same time we had a great time together. Weíll see what happens. I donít know. I really donít know everyoneís contract situation as far as years and things like that, but weíve got a great team, a really good team, and we played hard all year. We just didnít quite figure it out throughout the whole postseason, didnít play consistent basketball and thatís why weíre at this point and Boston is moving on. For the most part as a team we all get along and we had a great year.Ē