"He’s been doing it a lot, so I don’t think it’s a surprise really. He’s a heck of a player, and he’s progressed every year that he’s been in the league, and he’s gotten to this point where he’s one of the premier go-to guys in the league. So, it’d be foolish not to use that ability."
"The block is what makes him special. "Obviously, the 3. You know, Harden makes 3s, Kawhi makes 3s, this guy makes 3s, that guy makes 3s, Steph [Curry] makes 3s, everybody does that. But I don't know who goes to the other end and does what he does. Not that many people on a consistent basis, an entire game, game after game. Kawhi wanted it badly and he went and he took it."
"We don't talk about MVP awards. We don’t talk about any awards. We don’t talk about championships. We just play the game. Everybody tries to do what they can to make the team better and whatever records or awards or wins that come, that’s the way it is."
"In clutch moments, he steps up his game. He plays at a very high intensity and a very high level throughout the game, but in the clutch, down the stretch when the game is on the line when you're down three, he just makes great play after great play."
"I hope [the voters] understand. I hope they see. It's not hard to see if you really watch. I think he's very much deserving of getting the MVP this season. The way he's playing, the way he's contributing on both ends of the floor. He's not the guy that just puts up 30 points and that's it. He makes huge plays defensively. So, to me, he's my MVP."
"I've seen a lot of basketball. But those two plays, back-to-back in a game like this, were truly impressive."
"I think it's a combination of things. He's very confident now and you can see it. Before, he was more introverted and waiting for things to happen. Then, he started to realize the type of talent he has and how important he is for the team. And, he knows he's going to have the ball. So, he's even trusting more teammates, waiting a couple plays and knowing we're going to play for him. That's something your confidence gives you."
"So, he's at that point he knows he owns the team; that we need him to do what he's doing to win, or to have a chance; and that puts you in a great mental spot."
"It was probably 3 minutes left in the game and I felt like I had the energy to be able to guard him still and just make things tough on him."
"I saw Timmy do it so many times. It’s almost like you expect him to do that. He’s our guy. Timmy did it for (19) years and brought us five championships. … I expect him to do that because we have high expectations for him."
"It’s not always pretty. Sometimes, I lose the game for the team not making any shots. Tonight I was able to keep pushing and make shots. I never lose my confidence out there even if I do miss 5 shots in a row or something. You need your confidence there at all times. You need your confidence there at all times or you’re not going to play. You’re going to fall into a hole and jst beat up yourself."