A look at the NBA playoffs this weekend shows what mental preparation and conditioning is going on behind the scenes as teams look to find or maintain an emotional edge.
“I love our team. We do some things that are a little nuts, but they have a way to play together and they trust each other and as a coach; that’s all you can ask for.”
--Doc Rivers, head coach of the Boston Celtics, after beating the New York Knicks and sweeping the opening round series with their Eastern Conference rivals, 4-0.
Despite a subpar regular season, the Boston Celtics are moving forward to the second round in the NBA playoffs.
“The lions obviously had the advantage, but the cape buffalos are pretty tough when they stick together,” Malone said.
“I’ve been in some pretty good zones before. But nothing like tonight.”
--Brandon Roy, Portland Trailblazers' star, a three-time All-Star, helped his time by scoring 24 points off the bench, 18 in the fourth quarter, as the Blazers erased a 23-point deficit. Portland defeated the Dallas Mavericks,, 84-82 to tie the opening round series at 2-2.
"We've got to get a lot better at executing our game plan and being more consistent. We've made a lot of mental mistakes. A lot of the things we saw on the film are easily fixable if we go out there with a little better focus."
--Tim Duncan, veteran San Antonio Spurs' great, who responded to questions following an upset loss.
- Team Cohesion
- The Zone