Post-game Reactions

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.

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Brian Robb co-founded CelticsHub in 2009 and is the currently editor-in-chief. He is a producer and reporter at 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston and also contributes to Boston.com and Bleacher Report among other outlets.
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  • shane

    @ Brian Robb . i have a question is somethign goi8ng on with the celtics players on espn on the maria video they show brian scalabrine got rejected by both tony allen and glen davis for putting his hand out for like a good job and also in the game glen davis took a tumble and put his hands out for ppl to help him up and one celtic did then tony allen didnt even bother helping he jus made a face and made a hand gesture you should look at the game again if you can like 3rd or fourth quater i have a feeling something is up and please answer this or tell me if you know anything about it . thanks .

  • urbeltic

    Lebron on ESPN: “I spoil a lot of people with my play,” James said. “When you have a bad game here or there, you’ve had three bad games in a seven-year career, then it’s easy to point that out. So you got to be better.

    I’d pick Lebron first on my pick up team in a milisecond, but the fact is Coach Tibs has his D kicking Lebron’s ass. Its not just about a bad game here or there, its not about an elbow problem, its about a D that his shutting his mighty ass down.

  • Jason

    After a night and day of absolute misery, Cavs’ fans are trying to rally. Some are guaranteeing the Emperor will explode in Game 6 and force a Game 7. Siddy wabbits.

  • Rich

    What else should we do? We are at a loss for words for what we saw last night from our captain and leader and best player. He was a complete no show. Comment on the Celtics D all you want, but take a look at him on D. He didn’t exist. He didn’t play hard.

    So here we are, left with 1 game for a team we’ve put so much faith into. We are Clevelanders who have no freaking idea what it’s like to win a championship and yet again are being let down by a team with promise. 44 years folks. We have nothing left but to rally and pray that something in LeBron’s head changes in 24 hours.

  • Jrmz

    @Rich : If you think the Cs are tough, don’t forget that if you guys do win and that a big IF, you gotta face the Magic who have been so dominant and the very same Magic who ousted the Cavs so quickly last year. Even if in 24 hours, something in Lebron’s head changes, winning the series isn’t winning the trophy. Noone gives out rings for winning a series.

  • Rich

    Yea well, that is just how the city feels right now. We feel betrayed and sad and all sorts of emotions at the same time. The Magic are a very distant thought right now. After last nights epic face plant, no one even cares about the next round, they just want to see this team fight a little bit.

  • matthew

    i am praying to jesus, allah, buddha, krishna or whoever it is that the celts win tomorrow.

    please God, pleeeeaaasssee make this happen. sob! so i can finally talk shit at Lebrick’s arrogant bandwagoners who have abused the celts so much during the reg. season.

    God, if the celts win tomorrow, i promise not to drink for a month and i won’t to steal my neighbor’s filthy magazines anymore.