Stan Van Gundy, via Adrian Wojnarowski’s jarringly gleeful evisceration of Vince Carter at Yahoo!:
“At some point, somebody is going to come from 3-0 down and win a series,” Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said.
Hey may as well have followed up with that familiar refrain: Why not us?
In other news:
• Rajon Rondo was suffering from some sort of muscle spasms when he left the court before halftime, and he was complaining of fatigue before that (via Chris Forsberg at ESPNBoston.com). Doc and Rajon downplayed the spasms:
“I didn’t even know [about Rondo retreating to the locker room],” Rivers said after the game. “I knew early on he said he was fatigued. He told, I think [trainer] Eddie [Lacerte] and maybe when he went in, that was the spasms he was talking about. Honestly, I didn’t check. When I came in at halftime, he said he was good. I don’t really ask. If the trainer comes to you, then you know it’s something serious. If he doesn’t, you just let it go.”
• Rondo also appeared “a bit steamed” about the final play call of regulation, when Doc opted not to call a timeout (even as Rajon paused and looked to the bench, expecting one), though Rajon’s quotes on their own don’t betray much anger:
Asked his thoughts on the final play and not calling a timeout to set something up, Rondo noted, “That’s what Doc wanted, we just didn’t come up with the shot.”
And did the play develop as it should have?
“Yeah, we wanted [Pierce] with the ball, [but] they made the play.”