How tough was it to pull the trigger on the Brook Lopez trade? What were the emotions like? Kenny Atkinson: “Very hard. Very hard. Very hard. I thought Brook bought in 100 percent. That’s hard with a guy who’s had I don’t know how many different coaches. He embraced our culture. He was a pleasure to be around every day. That was probably the hardest decision that I’ve made being a head coach. And that’s part of being a head coach. It’s not just coaching these darn games.
May 25, 2018 | 12:31 pm EDT Update
Rick Noland: More LeBron on elimination games: “I haven’t always been successful, obviously. I haven’t won every elimination game. I’ve had some really good games and I’ve had some subpar games as well.”
Tom Westerholm: Brad Stevens on appreciating LeBron James: “Every minute of the series you appreciate him more. … He’s the only guy in the league that ever gets any scrutiny for having near a triple double and 30 points.”
Jay King: Brad Stevens said you need to be “on your toes and ready to change at any given minute because of what (LeBron James) is reading or what he’s doing.” “It makes you appreciate how special he is.”
Michael Lee: Steve Kerr isn’t sure Andre Iguodala will be available for Game 6. “He’s one of our keys & we’ve missed him the last two games. But we can’t count on it. Injuries happen & we’ve just got to play with whoever is out there. So we’re hoping he’s back, we’ll see what happens.”