Celtics-Lakers Game 7 reaction

LOS ANGELES — Assorted reaction from the Celtics’ 83-79 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 7 of the 210 NBA Finals Thursday night:

— Rajon Rondo on what happened after the game:

“Nobody really said much. We love each other and there wasn’t much to say. We lost.”

— Glen Davis on what Doc Rivers means to him:

“He means a lot. He’s a player’s-coach. He’s a friend, he’s a coach, he’s a father figure. He’s a lot in one.”

— Derek Fisher on the 39-point loss the Lakers suffered to the Celtics in Game 6 of the 2008 Finals:

“We haven’t stopped thinking about it. I mean, I think great accomplishments come out of negativity, setbacks, adversity. You know, there are times where you have to be down in order to go back up, and that was a down, low moment for us.”

— Ray Allen on the mood in the Celtics locker room:

“Tears. A lot of tears.”

— Pau Gasol on his crucial offensive rebound that gave the Lakers the ball back with 35 seconds left in the game:

“I just wanted to go get it, and I saw — I think you’re talking about an offensive rebound that I caught with Rondo there, and I was able to box him out and hold him with one arm and get it with the other one and kick it out. I was pretty proud of that play because those little plays, those little things make a huge difference, especially at that point of a game.”

— Kobe Bryant on this being the hardest title any of his teams had won:

“It was. It was the most physical one. They believed that they could beat us. Obviously what happened in ’08. But the physicality of their team, how smart they are, extremely well coached, and guys made big shots. It was tough. They weren’t going to beat themselves, we had to beat them.”

— Doc Rivers on Ron Artest’s 20 points in Game 7:

“Artest was unbelievable. The three Artest made, you think about some of the shots they made, late clock, three by Artest, Fisher’s rainbow over Rondo, and then again the foul call on Ray, that’s nine points. They scored 30 points in the fourth quarter, and for us, a defensive group, that’s the toughest part to swallow, that we gave up 30 points. We scored 22, but we gave up 30.”

— Lakers coach Phil Jackson on his 11th championship:

“It’s really about my inner being, it’s about the joy for this group of guys that put so much work out. I mean, we tax these guys. We make them go through all kinds of difficult things during the course of a year, ask them to play injured, ask them to play with injuries, and they’re a willing group and I’m very proud of them and very happy for them.”

— Kevin Garnett on Rasheed Wallace’s situation:

“Not a good one. ‘Sheed’s situation is very personal you know because I see a lot of myself in him and we have a lot of the same ties and a lot of same characteristics, both Class of ’95, old-heads if you want to call it that. For him to come in and give his thanks and his regards after a loss like this and a game like this was difficult. It was a difficult night.”


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