Q: In the regular season you were down big multiple times and came back to win. What does it say about your team that you were able to do it with your season on the line?
A: “It starts with our whole bench. Even when we were down 20-whatever in the first quarter, everybody kept telling each other, Chip away, chip away. We're not going to do it in two minutes, four minutes, just keep chipping away. That was kind of our mentality for the rest of the game. We just kept fighting.”
With the play early in the game with Ibaka, do you think there was something more there or do you think it was an accident?
“I don’t know. I really don’t know. I can’t get into his head. I’m not going to try.”
What type of momentum does this give you going into Tuesday?
“Hopefully we kind of remember what got us this win. It was our rotations defensively. It was the way we were talking, the way we believed, the way we moved the ball. The ball just found an open man on offense. We weren’t trying to force anything down the stretch in the fourth quarter. Hopefully we carry that momentum, not necessarily just the excitement but just the momentum of how we were playing and things that made us successful.”
Doc said with five fouls, he told you to play like you had one. How did you focus on the game and not the fouls?
“Tried not to think about it. After Game 1 in the series with Golden State, I was in foul trouble, ended up fouling out. I think I was too tentative and didn't play aggressive enough. Doc told me that after Game 1. Going back in in the fourth quarter, I tried to be aggressive, not avoid foul trouble, really keep playing the same way. It turned out to work out.”
Describe the last play. Seems you went a little early, like eight seconds. Describe what you saw there, what you were thinking.
“The play that I missed the layup on (smiling)? Honestly, I didn’t know exactly what the shot clock was at. When D.C. caught it and drove, kind of pump faked it and hit me, I wasn’t sure. I just knew I didn’t want to get a shot clock violation and give them a chance to take the ball out.
“I probably rushed it a little bit. It’s my fault that I put us in that situation. But hopefully I'll learn from it.”