Wilkins talks about signing a three year contract with the Boston Celtics after playing the previous season with the Los Angeles Clippers:
It feels great. Just the tradition alone there gets you ready to play. I always loved playing in the Boston Garden and now I’ll be playing there all the time.
The Celtics beat the Hornets 116-104. Bradley scores 30 points, eight rebounds, Evan Turner scores 15 points. Walker scores 28 points and 12 assists for the Hornets. Coach Stevens:
Avery was terrific on both ends of the floor.
Every game is important, so we came and toughed it out.
I’m pretty disappointed, especially because we had to play catch-up throughout the whole game.
The Celtics wins 100-87 against the Pacers. Olynyk scores 19 points, Turner scores a triple-double (13 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds). Hill scores 21 points and Stuckey scores 16 points for the Pacers. Coach Stevens on Olynyk injuries:
He felt OK. It was more of a vision thing; how well could he see? He was saying he could see pretty well and the doctors felt pretty good about him playing. They stitched him up. I think it looked a little worse than it felt. I think that’s an obvious statement.
Olynyk on eye injuries:
When I first did it, I went in there and they told me I won’t be playing. Then when I went in to see the doctor, they wanted to dilate my eye, but your vision would be blurry. I told them not to, because I wanted to play. They sewed it up. I came back and wanted to give it a try.
It’s very frustrating, Everything is on the line and we’re just blowing it away and giving it away.
The Celtics win 117-116. Thomas scores 25 points, Zeller 20 points, and Turner scores a double-double (18 points and ten rebounds). De Rozan scores 38 points and Valanciunas scores 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Raptors. Smart:
It’s just the will, the determination, The guys on this team, we’re competitors, heavy competitors. We don’t like to lose that much, especially when we come off a night where we didn’t play that well.
On the wins play:
When he drove he committed two defenders, including mine, Lou Williams swiped (the ball) toward the area I was in and I was able to get the shot off in time.
I thought I did enough. I figure it’s game. I thought I got the stop. It was just a bad bounce.
We overcame a lot tonight. It was tough. I’m just glad we stuck it all the way through to the end.
You don’t win very often with 2.6 seconds.
The Celtics win 113-103. Thomas scores 34 points, a season high for the player, and Crowder scores 17 points. For the Pistons, Drummond scores 22 points and 14 rebounds, Jackson scores 21 points and 15 assists, and Greg Monroe scores 19 points and ten rebounds. The Celtics eliminate Detroit from playoff contention. Coach Van Gundy on Thomas’ performance:
A lot of this game came down to the fact that we just couldn’t contain Isaiah Thomas. We couldn’t keep him out of the paint, we couldn’t stay with him on pick-and-rolls and when we tried to trap him, he just went around our bigs.
He was just great – he’s a really skilled player. He was playing with really skilled groups tonight and he was getting to the rim and getting his shots.
This was a big game for us, and we played within ourselves. We executed everything we needed to do, and they didn’t make many adjustments on the pick and roll. It was good.
The Cavaliers win 113-100. Irving scores 30 points, James scores 20 points and Love scores a double-double (19 points and 12 rebounds). Thomas scores 22 points for the Celtics. Cleveland leads East First Round Series 1-0. Irving on James, Love:
We are the Big 3. We have really great players on this team, but we set the tone.
James on teammates:
They were phenomenal. Those two guys, they succeeded for the first time being in the postseason.
We’re still confident. Guys are ready for Game 2, knowing that good or bad you’ve got to have a short memory. There are possibly seven games in this series and it could go either way.
The Cavaliers win 99-91. James scores 30 points, Irving scores 26 points and Mozgov scores 16 points. Thomas scores 22 points for the Celtics. Cleveland leads the East First Round Series 2-0. James:
I’ve been in this moment before, and a lot of our guys haven’t. I thought it was important for me to put a stamp on this game.
Coach Stevens on Celtics loss:
We made those guys earn everything they got. And that’s a step in the right direction. We were in a three-possession game and we shot 38 percent.
It wasn’t perfect, it wasn’t pretty. But we got it done.
The Cavaliers win 103-95. James scores a double-double (31 points and 11 rebounds), Love scores 23 points, Smith scores 15 points. Turner scores 19 points and Bradley scores 18 points for the Celtics. Cleveland leads East First Round series 3-0.
Coach Blatt on Smith’s performance:
He didn’t necessarily have to after scoring 30 points in Game 2. But he wanted to be with his teammate.
James on teammate Smith:
We were together last night watching playoff games. He said he wanted to go early and I said, ‘Let’s go’.
You want to make sure that we play as well as possible for however many games we have left.
The Cavaliers win 101-93. James scores 27 points, Irving scores 24 points and Shumpert scores 15 points. Thomas scores 21 points and Sullinger scores 21 points for the Celtics. Cleveland wins East First Round Series 4-0.
James on Olyk’s intentional foul:
Seen a lot of tie-ups in my day, but that one looked different.
Irving on physical Game 4:
Things got a little chippy. Game 4 was the most physical game I have ever played in.
Thomas on Game 4:
We are all men here. We don’t need to cry. It’s playoff basketball. You need to move forward.
Coach Stevens on Celtics performance:
I like our progress but I like to win. So I’m disappointed.