Just 12 hours after returning home from Cleveland, the Celtics were back to work in Waltham today, preparing for their game 6 showdown with the Cavs. Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston.com has the full report of the team workout, and like after the game last night, a sense of urgency in taking advantage of the opportunity to close out Cleveland at home, was the common theme:
“We haven’t [won anything yet],” said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. “Listen guys, we got one home game left in this series. We haven’t done anything and we’ve made that clear. You know we’re going to get Cleveland’s best shot. You know LeBron is going to play an amazing game. And we’re going to have to absorb that, and still win the game.”
“It’s Game 7 coming up. We don’t want to go back to Cleveland. We gotta come out with the right focus, the right mindset. And play our game.”
Glen Davis also has seemed to have enough of Cleveland, since he doesn’t want to go back there either:
“If we lose this game at home, we gotta go back to Cleveland, and even thought we know we can win there, at the same time, that’s their house, that’s their environment,” said Celtics forward Glen Davis. “It’s just a tough situation [if the Celtics return to Cleveland]. Sure, it’s hard to win three games in a row, but at the same time, the Suns did it. They pulled it out. The Lakers did it. Orlando did it. We gotta win this game.”
A few closing thoughts, and a look ahead to tomorrow, after the jump
Good talk from everyone about tomorrow. Could the C’s win a game 7 in Cleveland? Absoutely. However, the Cavs don’t deserve a reprieve from Boston and everyone in green looks to be on the same page about that. This team may have been a bit too cocky and comfortable at the end of game 2 and for well, all of game 3. Last night though, there was no such letdown and I wouldn’t expect one tomorrow night.
Other good news from the history department thanks to ESPN stats and info crew, is that the C’s are 31-1 in series in which they are up 3-2. That one loss of course, came last year in the Conference Semifinals to the Magic. However, while that loss may be fresh in the fans minds, this is an entirely different team. A healthier and better rested team.
Rajon Rondo conveniently informed everyone that the Celtics still have not lost a playoff series with their starting five. If they come out like they did last night, look for that trend to hold serve.
More on the way tonight, as we look around the web to take everyone’s pulse on this series.