The Finals are about a test of wills.
That's how we like to play basketball, is be physical down there in the paint and force teams to the perimeter.
The players have to come and play. Today we did.
What I've talked about the entire series and throughout this playoffs is about intensity and effort, desire and will of our players.
We were able to get after the rebounds. We were able to control the paint. We were able to be physical down there.
We joke around a lot with our ballclub.
We came in today with a chip on our shoulder to prove who we are.
They scored 26 points in three quarters. That's solid defense.
There was nothing magical that the coaching staff did. This is about the players.
It's not tough at all as long as the fans are yelling, screaming and hollering.
I thought we were aggressive across the board defensively, and you could just see it grow. As the game went along, you could see the confidence grow. It showed in the fourth quarter.
I played in Joe Louis in a playoff game. I played there when the roof caved in for half a season. The facility is great for basketball because it goes straight up, so you feel like the fans are on top of you.
I don't play them a lot of minutes. I have great starters. I have All-Stars, world champions.
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