Game 3: Celtics-Lakers reaction

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Assorted reaction following the Lakers’ 91-84 win over the Celtics Tuesday night:

— Derek Fisher on Ray Allen’s 0-for-13 performance:

“You know, we obviously didn’t expect him to go 0 for 13, but it’s a tough gig for him to be honest, to run around offensively the way he has to and then have to guard Kobe on the other end. I mean, that takes anybody’s legs out. It takes my legs out chasing him.”

— Doc Rivers on the state of the series:

“It’s a big loss until the next game. No one thought this was going to be an easy series. We didn’t. And so it’s not. So we’ll bounce back.”

— Phil Jackson on Kobe Bryant taking 29 shots:

“They’re getting up underneath him on his shot, so he’s got a hard time getting a clear lift. It keeps him from turning his body, so he can’t get the right turn a lot of times on it, and they’ve done a good job. He made a couple key baskets for us. Got 29 points, 29 shots to get it. So I know they’re going to be happy with that. He’s got to get better productivity out of it, and he knows that.”

— Paul Pierce on losing to the Lakers despite poor games from Bryant and Pau Gasol:

“This is the type of game we like to play. We look up — the Lakers are a high-powered offensive team used to scoring in the 100s — and we’ve got the game in the 80s … it’s our type of game. Usually we win these types of games, especially when you shut down the stars. But the other guys stepped up.”

— Pierce on his foul trouble:

“We’ve got to do a better job of not fouling. Every game it seems like one of our key players is in foul trouble. I think maybe it’s the excitement of the championship; maybe it’s understanding that the referees are calling it tight [or] knowing when they’re calling it tight or let you play a little bit. But we’ve got to do a better job of understanding that but … no excuses. The game is being called differently, but the players adjust – the players are good enough to adjust. And we’ve got to do a better job of that and play better basketball with our main players out there.

— Kobe Bryant on playing with Derek Fisher:

“Yeah, he’s really the only one I listen to. Everybody else is a bunch of young kids. Derek, he and I came in the league together. We spent long nights together as rookies, battling each other, playing full court one-on-one games. You know, we’ve been through it. So he can come to me and say, ‘Kobe, you’re [messing] up. We owe that to each other.”

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