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Celtics-Lakers Game 5 reaction

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  June 13, 2010 11:41 PM

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-- Lakers coach Phil Jackson on the reaction to his team being down 3-2:

"Well, you know, if you look at it, they've come home and carried the 3 2 lead back. It's basically home court, home court. Now we're going back to home court to win it. That's the way it's supposed to be, isn't it? Unfortunately we couldn't get this win here but we got the one to count to bring us back home. Sorry I didn't answer your question on that, but that's as good as I'll do."

-- Jackson on Andrew Bynum:

"You know, more than anything else, Andrew was out of rhythm in the game. I think he'll feel much more comfortable getting back and playing. He's really only played limited minutes since Tuesday night, so we anticipate that he'll have some opportunity to kind of get himself out there, shoot the ball a little bit and give us more than just a big body in the sixth game."

-- Celtics coach Doc Rivers on Rajon Rondo shoving Ron Artest:

"Yeah, I don't like that stuff. Let's just play. It was physical. There was a lot of pushing going on, but we kept getting the technicals. You know, and I understand you want to take up for your teammates, and that is good, but strength sometimes is walking away, and I tell our guys that all the time. If you want to show toughness, toughness is walking away from all the other stuff."

-- Rondo on the shove:

"Pretty self explanatory, really. I felt that Kevin -- that Artest pushed Kevin. It wasn't just a regular foul. We weren't going anywhere, so in Kevin's defense I pushed him back."

-- Paul Pierce on his duel with Kobe Bryant:

The beautiful thing about this game, each game plays out a little different. Just because one thing happens one game doesn't mean it's going to happen the next. As far as Kobe going at it, I wasn't in no personal duel with him. I really didn't even take the notice that we were going, I guess, back and forth at the time. I'm out there trying to help my ballclub to win. Kobe is doing what he does for his ballclub. He has to score the ball night in and night out. That's about it, man. I mean, great player. He makes tough shots, and he's a proven winner. I'm not in the one-on-one deal with Kobe at all."

-- Rondo on going back to Los Angeles:

"We play better on the road anyways I think."

-- Bryant on the next game:

"Just man up and play. What the hell is the big deal? I don't see it as a big deal. If I have to say something to them, then we don't deserve to be champions. We're down 3-2, go home, win one game, go into the next one. Simple as that."
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