Both the Celtics and Lakers held press conferences at the TD Banknorth Garden today. We'll have video later on in the day, but for now here are a few quotes, courtesy of the Reuters news service:
"They're a great offensive basketball team, the toughest we've played clearly in the playoffs. They spread the floor and they have the best scorer on the planet (Kobe Bryant). With (Pau) Gasol and (Lamar) Odom posing problems with their size and quickness and their shooting that they put on the floor, it's a tough challenge for us defensively, there's no doubt about it. We're not going to change our defense. Obviously you have to stay home more with Gasol, there's no doubt about that, because he not only is a great post player, he can shoot the ball as well, and so does Odom. That's part of what makes them so difficult, their ability to spread the floor with the fours and fives. Most teams spread it with their ones, twos and threes shooting."
"Our whole mindset is going to key in on being defensive-minded, keeping them out of transition. ... They're a great transition team and they get a lot of opportunities, shooting a high percentage. So it's our job just to try to do a better job defensively. But we feel we can pretty much play any style, whether we want to slow it down and grind it out or get out on the open court and run."
"I look at it as a quarterback, really, because the defenses that I face are always support defenses. Not necessarily looking at an individual but just looking at where the help is coming from and where my wide receivers are going to be."
"They really don't do anything special against a particular player. They just play solid defense all the time and they have principles that they stick to and they support each other extremely well."
"I've watched more Laker-Boston games over the last three days on NBA TV, on ESPN. It's been great and it's just fun to watch. But I think our guys are focused on their goal and the process of it, not the results or not the fanfare around it. We've had great focus in practices and we have a job to do, and that's all we're focused on."