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Celtics, Magic react to Game 4

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  May 25, 2010 12:46 AM

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Assorted reaction following Orlando's 96-92 win over the Celtics in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals:

-- Doc Rivers on the final play of regulation, a play in which Paul Pierce had the ball but failed to get a shot off:

"We didn't execute it at all, I can tell you that. It was supposed to be Paul at the top with a pick‑and‑roll with Ray [Allen], and then the floor was supposed to be flat and spaced. When you look at it, half our team was standing next to Paul. The execution was so bad ‑‑ I thought we executed poorly throughout the game. We didn't make the next rotations, we didn't make the next pass. It was amazing how bad we were execution‑wise and still had a chance to win that game. That was amazing to me."

-- J.J. Redick on the mentality of the Magic:

"We talked about playing with more effort and a sense of desperation. And then we came out in Game 3 and didn't do any of that, just really got knocked back a little bit. Just kind of shocked at how the first three games went. I think we could have quit. And there were some times during the game tonight where we could have gave in, but we didn't. We talked about it even after the game tonight. This is not a team that wants to just win one game and say all right, we didn't get swept. We want to win the series."

-- Paul Pierce on his 5 for 17 shooting in the fourth quarter and overtime:

“Well a lot of my shots felt good. It’s just missing them. A lot of them were misses that I normally will make so that’s all. I don’t think fatigue was really an issue”

-- Rashard Lewis:

“It’s most definitely about pride. We still feel like we are a good team and was a good team all year long. We didn’t want to get swept. I have a lot of respect for Boston. Boston has a great defensive team, they are a good team. I feel like we are a good team too. We didn’t want to come out here and get swept.”

-- Stan Van Gundy on being down 3-0, now 3-1:

"Now you're going home with some confidence that you can win, and certainly an understanding of how hard you have to play and how hard you have to fight to do that. And we still had to go to overtime to do it. So you've got to understand what it's all about. Like I said, at some point somebody is going to come from 3‑0 down and win a series. The only thing I knew for sure was it would start by winning Game 4."

-- Dwight Howard on what's next:

"We didn't win this game just to win a game to say we were in this series. You know, we want to make this a series and win this series. We all have to believe that. I told the guys before the game put out all disbelief, anxiety and fear. We just got to keep playing. We can't think about losing or think about being swept. We have to think about winning and staying together."

-- Jameer Nelson on his improved play:

"I think the first three games I was worried about swinging the ball and getting everybody involved. But my thing is if I get in the paint and be aggressive, that's how I get everybody involved instead of me maintaining and coming off the screen and just taking one dribble."
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