Forward Kenyon Martin on the series against the Thunder: "In boxing, you've heard ‘Styles make fights.' Well, styles make basketball games. Same thing, man. Their style. Our style. It makes for a good basketball game. It makes for a good series."
Reserve guard J.R. Smith: "They have a great bench. We have a great bench. I think that's definitely the key in our series."
Coach George Karl: "I think he's an all-defensive player. Arron Afflalo should be on some type of all-defensive team. (Following the Feb. 22 trade involving Carmelo Anthony) He was a major factor to developing a team with defensive reads and a commitment that is pretty good."
Afflalo on the Thunder: "They've just been hungry and confident. That's a mental approach. That's not them being a better basketball team or us being a better basketball team. When you're hungry and you want to win and you're playing with confidence and playing together, I don't care whose floor you're on. You're going to win the game. And that can change in a snap of a finger."
Karl: "Wish we could play tonight. What's there to not feel good about? We get an opportunity to re-prove ourselves, re-identify who we are. I think we're getting smarter. I think we're doing tactically a little better, and we get the homecourt in our pocket."
Afflalo: "I plan on playing for the rest of the year."