"One thing about him, he's way different than (Memphis center) Marc Gasol, I'll tell you that. He's a guy who runs the court. He's more athletic. I've definitely got my hands full. He's a guy who's quicker. He's a guy who's improved, a big improvement the last three years he's been playing."
For the first time in the playoffs this season, you don't have the homecourt advantage. How important is it to ambush Dallas in Game 1?
"We're definitely going to try. One thing about Dallas, they didn't sweep the defending champions for nothin'. They're a team with great experience. They're a team that's really focused, that's locked in. Those guys are getting older, so the window (of opportunity) is getting smaller for them. I know how it feels to be on a team like that (at Boston), and they're especially not going to let a group of young guys come in and take it away from them. We definitely can win Game 1, but it's not going to easy."