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A smattering of quotes from the Celtics and Wizards locker rooms, courtesy of the Celtics PR staff:

— CARON BUTLER ON BOSTON’S PERFORMANCE

“They came off the West Coast trip. They didn’t get the results that they wanted, but they definitely came home and really handed it to us. They played great on both ends of the floor. Paul Pierce was aggressive early on just getting easy buckets. They just fed off his energy.”

— DOC RIVERS ON THE WEST COAST ROAD TRIP

“I asked a lot of guys this morning and they said they just couldn’t fall asleep. So I was concerned with the start…We always talk about things like being more mental, and they fought through and they were great. So that was good. We’ve got a ton of games coming up again, this little stretch, so you know, we just gotta get through it.”

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— RIVERS ON THE GETTING THE TOP SEED IN THE EAST

“Well that is the goal. You know that’s not the next one, that is the goal. That’s the only goal right now… We’re in the dog fight with Orlando and Cleveland. You know, like I said when we had the 19-game streak, we gained one game, we won 19 in a row and we gained one game. You know, that’s how tough it is.”

— PAUL PIERCE ON HIS 9-FOR-10 SHOOTING

“I was just playing in the flow of the game, getting the shots that were there. I got a lot of open looks because of the way we moved the ball. Rondo got into the lane penetrating and that really opened things up. I just took the open shots that were given to me.”

— KEVIN GARNETT ON MINUTES

“If you look at the minutes, I played 25, Paul played 26, Ray played 30. That’s the reward in coming out and setting the tone defensively.”

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