Read what the players and coaches had to say following Boston’s 113-96 victory over Philadelphia.
Click on a player to reveal quotes from their postgame press conference.
RE: Baynes injury:
“Baynes hyperextended his knee in the first half. Don’t know the severity of it; don’t know what it means, other than that was what I was told at halftime: he hyperextended his knee. He’s going to be re-evaluated after the game, after he’s iced it, and everything else.”
RE: Chemistry between and energy from Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart:
“I thought it was one of the things that was kind of missing from our first five days of so of practice, as we were trying to figure out what we were going to do with that unit. You know, we basically had them separated most of that time and I just think they bring a lot when they’re on the court together and, again, the energy that they play with, the way that they can lift you on offense and defense. Terry’s defense has made really good strides and it’s a credit to him. And I think part of it is you’re in the league another year and you just become more experienced and more used to it. So hopefully that can be a real uplifting group for us; they certainly led the way tonight.”
RE: Rozier’s leadership and Abdel Nader:
“I think Abdel’s doing a lot of good things. I think, you know, like a lot of guys that are playing in the NBA for the first time, there’s a lot going on and you’re trying to just kind of keep up day-to-day and everything else. And he’s putting in a lot of work; he’s an exceptionally hard worker and we think really highly of him. I don’t ask anybody to lead outside of who they are, and I think Terry is not a loud guy by any means, but he is without a doubt extremely competitive and extremely driven. And you can see it every day. And so I think the way that Terry leads is really by example. And, you know, he’s been like that from day one. Even when you drafted him, you knew that – everybody says everybody is that, but he’s really driven and really competitive. I think he leads authentically that way.”
“Yeah my mindset coming into the game, me and coach had that understanding of being aggressive – and that doesn’t always mean scoring it just means making the right play. Whatever it takes, that was my mindset coming in.”
RE: Shoulder pain:
“It’s on and on – it’s something that happens, and I gotta play through it. We’re making great movements everyday to get it better. That’s all I can ask for, just getting better and just to play. I wouldn’t say its affecting me on the floor because I play through stuff like that. Everyday I come in, we just, talk to trainers and just get better.”
RE: You didn’t shoot a 3 today, was that because of that shoulder?
“No, I just didn’t feel like that was something I needed to do. I felt like the lane was open so I just drove when I had the open lane. Whatever play is right for me, I’m gonna go get it.”
RE: You don’t want to use the shoulder as an excuse, you just want to go out there and ball?
“Never, no excuses for me. At the end of the day, you’re a basketball player you gotta live with what goes on. There is plenty of people out there who are hurt, they got hurt ankles, wrists, whatever you can call it – you can’t use that as an excuse. At the end of the day, I’m a basketball player I play hard and you gotta live with it.”