"I think the Lakers were one of those teams that you knew you could play well and still lose. We had a good enough team where if we played well, normally it just took care of itself," McHale said. "We'd win. If we played well, the outcome was determined just by our play. Against the Lakers, you could play really well and still lose."
"It's a win-win and when you're the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and you have all these assets, you don't need to be in a hurry and can just take your time," said TNT analyst Kevin McHale, a former coach and executive who played with Ainge in Boston.