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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Jae Crowder said Isaiah Thomas told teammates to go prepare for the Wizards while he heads to Tacoma for his sister's funeral. "He's gonna have a busy 24 hours," said Crowder. "He's shown he can overcome a lot. We're his family, he's going to be with his family, so I think he'll be able to bounce back. But we know he's going through a lot, and he wants us to prepare, and that's what we're gonna do. We're gonna prepare, and when he gets back he said he'll be ready to go."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Bradley Beal says John Wall won't catch him from behind and block his layup in scrimmages. "Oh, he'll never get me," Beal told reporters when asked how many times Wall has gotten him in practice while Wall chuckled seated next to him. "That's for sure because nine times out of 10, I am the one setting him up for the block."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

On what the Hawks need to take that next step, Paul Millsap said, "Experience. Definitely, experience."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Paul Millsap, who can and likely will opt out of his contract, will take some time before deciding his future. "It's been great," Millsap told reporters of his four seasons in Atlanta. "I am looking to expand this and see where this team and franchise can go. These last four years have been great. Can't ask for nothing more. Now I will take some time, relax and see what happens."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Brad Stevens on Isaiah Thomas as he heads home to Tacoma for his sister's funeral: "Tomorrow is a lot more important than Sunday."

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Brad Stevens begins postgame saying: "Bigger things than basketball happened. I'm proud of the way my guys treated each other and stood together. They were a great support network for each other; especially Isaiah (Thomas)."

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

As Brad Stevens began his postgame news conference, Isaiah Thomas, out of uniform, headed toward an arena exit for an earlier than normal departure. He's scheduled to fly home to Tacoma tonight for his sister's funeral tomorrow.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Scott Brooks on John Wall's chase-down block on Dennis Schroder's potential layup that could have cut the Wizards' lead to one: "It's really not fair for a point guard to be able to do what he does... there's only one other player in the league that does it and we all know who that is."

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Standing outside the Celtics' locker room. Outside of Gerald Green, the Cs were notably quiet in the walk through the hallway. Shouted Green, though: "That's what I'm talking about! Let's go!"

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Bradley Beal on NBA TV about renewing the heated rivalry against Boston in the second round: "It is going to be tough... we know this is a team which has a great point guard and great role players around him... we have to bring it. We split 2-2 in the season but we know this is a team we can beat and we know it won't be easy. "