Ugh, Jeff Green. The Cavaliers played surprisingly well, considering how many injuries they had. But the defense fell apart at the worst possible time and Jeff Green strolled in for the game-winning layup. Here's the quotes.
"We talked about in the huddle to just switch everything. Luke got a little too far down the floor. Wayne ended up having his back turned when J.T. (Jason Terry) set the screen on Luke and basically just gave Jeff Green a great angle to the basket. So, we didn't switch it like we wanted to. You have to give (Boston) some credit. It was a good play but we were a little lackadaisical."
"I thought we stopped being aggressive. We were looking at the clock, playing not to lose the game instead of win the game. With 5:40 left in the game, we get one field goal for the rest of the game. Again, you have to be aggressive. You have to look to win. You can't hope the clock runs out and I thought that's what we kind of did."
Ellington commented on why the Cavaliers have struggled to stay focused and execute on the defensive end.
"I feel like at this point, we have to hold ourselves accountable. We're all professionals here and should all be communicating with each other and helping each other on the defensive end of the floor. I think that's something we have to take on ourselves and we have to get better at it."
Although the Cavs have been destroyed by injuries, the Boston Celtics' head coach wasn't taking them lightly. It's nice to see that teams around the league recognize that Byron Scott typically gets his guys ready to compete and play hard every night.
"It was a good win for us. We played great in the first quarter and a half. Our turnovers and sloppy play got them in the game. Once you wake this team up, they're hard. They played hard and I thought they executed. Down the stretch we went with a quirky lineup and it paid off for us."