A lot of very interesting quotes from both coaches and players on both teams.
I agree with Artest by the way and was surprised and not happy that Artest did not start out on James. Artest has to start on the best offensive player from the first moment of the game. I realize that would put Reggie on Eric Williams but that is too bad.
PACERS FORWARD RON ARTEST
(on getting into early foul trouble and his defensive assignment): “With the exception of my third foul, that probably wasn’t a good call, all the other fouls were good calls. The next time, coach will put me on first (against) the best player instead of starting me on the weakest player out of the two on the wing. You’ve got to put me on the best wing player so we can take him out of the game, instead of putting a not so good defender on Lebron James. Hopefully, we’ll change that a little bit. It’s best we can get him out early. Why wait until late to put me on him? That’s my job. That’s part of my job, to help the team. These days, the wing players are the best scorers and throughout the history of basketball, the wings are the best scorers because they can do so much, post up, shoot and run