The final stand is upon us. After a dreadful Game 3 loss at home Friday night in front of a deflated TD Garden crowd, the Celtics will be fighting for their lives Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. at the TD Garden, in what should serve as a quick turnaround for the postseason. Doc Rivers elected not to have his troops practice today in Waltham, but Rivers and company spoke to the media assembled on hand. As always Chris Forsberg and Greg Payne of ESPNBoston.com were on the scene and pass along a few nuggets of interest on what may be the second-to-last day of the season.
Doc is unsure what the starting lineup will be for Game 4 (Via Forsberg)
“Honestly, the plus/minus numbers tell us the small lineup is better. But I’m not so sure,” said Rivers. “Let me just put it this way: No lineup has been very good so far in this series. But our small lineups have been better than when we’ve gone bigger. Having said that, I’m still not so sure. Sometimes you gotta go against the numbers, and sometimes you go with it. I don’t know which one I’m doing yet.”
I’m kind of indifferent to the starting lineup talk at this point. Nearly every combination has sucked in one form or another. Brandon Bass has been wasted on offense as a bystander. The jump shooters are missing shots. Whatever Doc decides upon, it doesn’t matter unless the C’s start playing well. Otherwise, they’re doomed.
Terry gives a no comment on the J.R. Smith elbow
Terry didn’t bite on it when asked by reporters. Smith could serve a suspension for Game 4 if the league decides to impose one (we’ll find out soon either way), but Terry did speak on the C’s final stand.
“I’m coming out with something. I’m going to come out with the heart, the passion, the energy that’s needed to get a win,” said Terry. “We have to do that collectively. One man’s not going to be able to provide that. It has to be a collective unit and we’ve got to get it done together.”
Everyone is mad
“It was quiet in the locker room yesterday,” said Bradley. “Everybody was real mad yesterday. Nobody was saying anything. Usually [coach] Doc [Rivers] talks and then [Kevin Garnett] and those guys talk to keep us all level, let us know that we’ve got to continue playing hard. But yesterday after the game, everybody was quiet and pretty mad.”
Does frustration translate into a win? How much pride will be shown? We’ll find out in mere hours.