Kobe Bryant (Lakers): about Gasol "I was just proud of the way he played. He answered the challenge and he played like one of the best players in the world. I was just excited for him. We all know what he can do offensively. I just felt like defensively, he had a superb game." And about what he learned from this series: "That we're bipolar..."
Pau Gasol (Lakers): "I think we learned that if we play hard every night and we're ready to compete, starting on the defensive end, we're going to give ourselves a chance, hopefully we're going to carry that into the next round and to a championship. That's something we need to do consistently, no matter what, no matter where we play."
Shane Battier (Rockets): "Coming in here for Game 7, we knew they were going to give us their best shot, especially in the first quarter. To be honest with you, we just didn't have energy to match it. Unfortunately, after we got past the first quarter we played them pretty straight up, but the damage had been done at that point."
Ron Artest (Rockets): "Obviously, the Lakers are more experienced than us, but I thought we were the better team. I thought it was a good learning experience for these guys. They've been through a Game 7. Most young teams get swept. That will really help the Rockets in the future."