TD GARDEN — Al Horford did not fill up the stat sheet but he came up big when it counted in the Celtics 99-91 Game 2 win over the Indiana Pacers. LISTEN to his Postgame comments.
AL HORFORD TRANSCRIPT BELOW:
Take us through the last 12 hours or so and how you’re feeling
“I had a stomach virus and just tried to do everything I could to get back on the floor. I was glad I was able to come out tonight and help the team.”
When did you know you’d be able to help team tonight?
“I prepared myself like a normal game, focused like a normal game. I just missed shootaround, besides that mentally I was watching film and doing the things I needed to do to get ready to go.”
What was the difference in the 31-12 fourth quarter?
“I just think that, even early in the third I felt like we were getting stops, and then they kept putting it in the second chance points and hit some timely three’s. In the fourth we really, really locked in and held them to one shot and really made them earn everything they got. I think that was the difference. On offense we just kept making the right play, guys trying to play the right way. That drive to Jaylen (Brown) had at the end, kicked it out to (Jayson) Tatum that was huge. Coach (Stevens) has been harping on that and he did it in that moment and then Kyrie (Irving) throwing to Tatum out on the wing was also a big play and then Tatum drove it and found Gordon (Hayward) on the baseline. I felt like we just continued to play the right way.”
What do you say to the group about this game?
“We got to finish. We got to do a better job of finishing games and situations like that. Execution on both ends of the floor, getting stops defensively, offensively being clear about what you want to do and what you need to do in that situation. We all have to do a better job, I have to do a better job, we all have to do a better job.”
Re: Miles Turner speak to his defensive game
“He did a good job of defending the basket. They were attacking the basket; he did a real solid job of defending the basket. When he went out of the game, they were able to get back into the game attacking the basket. He did what he does, which is defend the paint and he blocked shots and that was big. We had pressure on the perimeter and those guys, (Kyrie) Irving, tough to guard him out on the perimeter when you’re crowding him so he’s going to get by and Miles was there to clean up.”
Where do you think things went wrong in the 4th quarter?
“We missed a couple of layups, we missed some open shots, we had some bad possessions during that time. We just got to be clear about what we are doing, get the shot we want, and you got to make shots when you have those opportunities and we just didn’t finish.”
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