quote by James Harden

My dream was to be in the NBA. I wasn't really focused on being a star player on a team. I just wanted to make it to the NBA. I've been blessed for the opportunities to be in the Finals, been in the playoffs ever since I've been in the NBA.

— James Harden

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I don't want to just go to the playoffs, I don't want to go to the playoffs and win the first round, second round, and not win the whole thing because it's bittersweet.

The excitement of the fans in Montreal, especially in the playoffs, I don't think you can get that anywhere else. For a hockey player, I kind of wish everyone could go through that and experience what it is to play there. It's very unique.

The game against the Vikings back in my second year stands out.

It was kind of a turnaround for us. It allowed us to make a run at the playoffs for the first time in quite a while. The memories are so many it's hard to pin one down.

I don't just think regular season. I think playoffs. World Series. That's how I think.

That's what you work all season for, to get into the playoff games, and you don't want to blow it.

This is why you play - to get an opportunity to play in the playoffs.

I played in Joe Louis in a playoff game.

I played there when the roof caved in for half a season. The facility is great for basketball because it goes straight up, so you feel like the fans are on top of you.

You don't win games as a coach during games.

You win games as a coach before games. Players win during games, not coaches

Pro football is a game; not a war. It's for win or lose, not life or death... but say that in the summer, for winter brings the playoffs, and a season is at stake.

I want my team to be more detached from the wins and losses and be more focused on doing the little things well. When you focus on getting the win, it can suffocate you, especially during the playoffs when the pressure gets thick.

We literally had all 10 teams alive for a playoff position in the final week of the season. That outstanding balance and those close races created a major surge in attendance in the last month of the season.

You always want to feel better but I'm good.

My thing is once you get to the playoffs, you do whatever it takes. You've got to lay it on the line.

The playoffs are the playoffs. You just play who is put in front of you.

A-Rod wants to be like Babe Ruth. And people don't realize this, he's a lot like Babe Ruth. Before the playoffs a couple of years ago, A-Rod went to the hospital and promised a dying kid he'd ground out to second for him.

It's funny, but when there are dominant teams, there are a number of people who rail about the fact that they're always seeing the Dallas Cowboys or the San Francisco 49ers or the Green Bay either in the playoffs or in the Super Bowl.

I felt like calling attention to AIDS.

I had the AIDS ribbon colored into my hair during the playoffs in '95.

In the playoffs, it is do or die. You win or you go home. As a competitor, you love it.

I think when you saw this year's playoffs, Miami and Detroit have a pretty fierce rivalry now. Also, the Suns and San Antonio look like they're starting to develop something there. I look forward to seeing those rivalries continue and develop.

The goal every year is to win the Super Bowl, not just to get to the playoffs, not just to win a few games.

Playoff basketball ... you've got to treat every possession like it's your last.

The playoffs are the wedge between the season and the World Series.

If you lose, it means you won't be going to the greatest sports event in this country...You're forgotten by Thanksgiving.

Experience is everything. It means so much because it enabled me to learn the game even faster. Playing in the playoffs is the best basketball in the world, and if you can learn under that pressure, succeed under that pressure, it gives you more confidence the next year.

I lost control of myself a couple times in the playoffs. I have to keep cooler in the future.

Whatever happened in the regular season seems to not matter in the playoffs.

You've got to enjoy time with your family and friends, and if you're involved in sports franchises, those peak moments in playoff games. You have to enjoy life.

I love the NBA playoffs. It's just a great mental test for each team. When it's really close, usually one team pulls together, and the other team comes apart.

We're beating a lot of poor teams. So what? We won a lot of games last year, too. Will Horace and Bill still be playing at this level in the playoffs...Can Pip keep it up?

People judge you by the way you play in the playoffs.

When it comes to playoff time, I pull the energy and the motivation.

You have to pay attention to details to have success in the playoffs. You can't take anyone lightly.

I'm going to make the playoffs. You can believe that. To never play in the playoffs, that will not be my legacy.

Everybody wants to play in the playoffs.

You don't know how good the good times were until you hit the bad times. But sometimes success is just around the corner.

I know it’s been 15 years since the Bills made the playoffs.

Well get ready, man, we’re going. We are going.

The playoffs is all about showing heart and playing together.

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