Heading into Game 2 of the Bulls' first-round NBA playoff series against Boston, the Daily Herald spoke to guard Ben Gordon on Sunday.
Q: It seemed like you and Ray Allen, two high-scoring guards, almost canceled each other out in Game 1. Allen had 4 points and you didn't score in the two middle quarters. How did that happen?
Gordon: I don't really have an answer for that. I just know we were both working really hard on the defensive end, trying to keep each other from getting any decent looks. I was able to kind of break through in the fourth quarter and get something going (10 points in the last 4:32).
Q: Do you always feel you're going to get your points sometime in every game?
Gordon: Regardless of what's happening throughout the game, I have a very short memory. So I never really dwell on if I missed a few shots or if I turned it over. I'm always looking toward the next play and always seizing that moment. I definitely think, regardless of what's going on, I'll be able to still be effective and make plays down the stretch.
Q: Did you stay confident in your ability to put some points up if you needed to in Game 1?
Gordon: I didn't take many shots in the first half. I think I only took like 4 shots. I just knew it was a matter of time. Derrick (Rose) was doing a great job of controlling the tempo of the game, so I had to stay in tune mentally and just wait my turn. The fourth quarter I was able to get some good looks and get something going for the team.
Q: Was Allen thinking the same thing in Game 1, that it was only matter of time before he got going?
Gordon: It didn't happen yesterday. I think (Rajon) Rondo was taking some of his shots and Paul (Pierce) is going to get his shots. That probably took away from the amount of looks Ray normally gets.