Postgame chatter

A couple of highlights from the postgame interviews:

— Vince Carter, on whether he realized he attempted 29 shots on his way to a game-high 26 points:

“No. I didn’t really realize. I think it was just in the course of the game. The plays kept coming back-to-back-to-back. In this kind of basketball game you don’t want to let down. It would have been great to make 29 shots, make some of the layups I missed.”

— Paul Pierce, on getting off to a slow start:

“Yeah, I mean that’s something that we got to do a better job as starters. I think it’s kind of getting repetitive — the starts we’re getting off to and then it’s sort of like we brake off. You know, against a good team, we got to defend for all four quarters. The slippage that we have in the first quarter is about being mentally and physically ready at the start of games. It definitely hurt us tonight.”

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