On controlling the boards -- Kevin Love leads the league with 14.9 per game . . .
"It was the point of emphasis for the game. Everybody was conscientious about keeping a body on their man, finding out where Love was on the floor. And I think he still had 15 rebounds. I think the decisive point of the game was that we did outrebound them and we didn't give them a lot of extra possessions, which is key." -Coach Rick Carlisle
"We wanted to eliminate (Love's) offensive rebounds and that just comes down to meeting him early, getting in hand-to-hand combat with him and fighting to keep him off the glass." -Brendan Haywood
About Tyson Chandler, who set a franchise record for most rebounds in a quarter (14) . . .
"Coach kind of got on me a little bit at halftime about my energy and what I was bringing out there so I wanted to respond to it well." -Tyson Chandler
"He was going above everyone and getting the ball. And against these guys it's not just simply snatching the ball. It's snatching and bringing it down, cause they all rip at it." -Coach Rick Carlisle
The value of Center By Tag-Team . . .
"When teams see no true centers out there they like to attack the basket. Whether it's me or Tyson out there we're there to provide a presence in the middle and that's a big reason why we're defensively so much better this year." -Brendan Haywood
About handling inferior opposition . . .
"Guys have taken nothing for granted. And they know how important it is to put an opponent away when they have an opportunity." -Coach Rick Carlisle
Regarding the bench, which scored 59 points collectively . . .
"When you step on the court, you've got to bring it at the same level as the starters or you'll be back on the bench. It's that simple." -Shawn Marion
The death -- or at least the revision -- of 'Be Ready'?
"(Coach Carlisle)'s doing a better job with that. He's more consistent. He's more comfortable with the players he's got. He knows when to put everybody in, he knows the combinations. Like everybody, he got better." -JJ Barea
Optimism about the state of the team so far . . .
"The mission is to sustain. Sustain the defense, sustain the rebounding, sustain the concentration and attention to detail. And it's going to get more challenging as the games continue." -Coach Rick Carlisle
"We've got a great cast here; a great bunch of individuals, but when a bunch of great players come together and have a common goal it can be powerful." -Tyson Chandler
One more thing about rebounding . . .
"We're going to continue to preach it. The guys are going to talk about it, hopefully. Utah is another one of these teams. They're always in the top five in offensive rebounds and second-chance points, so getting the ball off the boards is huge." -Coach Rick Carlisle