Dooling sat out Friday's practice session with what Celtics coach Doc Rivers termed "flu, or whatever," but Dooling downplayed the issue before Saturday's game and said he's ready to help the team off the bench.
With starting shooting guard Avery Bradley undergoing shoulder surgery on Friday, the Celtics need help at the guard spot. Ray Allen shuffles into the starting lineup (and Rivers said Allen looks good despite his constant battle against bone spurs in his right ankle) and Dooling becomes the top reserve at both guard spots.
As for Bradley, Rivers didn't offer much beyond joking that he got the "typical doctor's update: Surgery went great." Rivers said he didn't ask much more than that, keeping his focus on Game 7.
"Honestly, I just wanted to make sure he’s doing all right," Rivers said when pressed for details of the procedure and Bradley’s timeline for recovery. "I didn’t ask any of that. We’ll have the whole summer to figure all that out."
Both Rivers and 76ers coach Doug Collins held shorter-than-usual pregame press conferences. Clearly the coaches and players are locked in on this decisive game with a ticket to Miami and the Eastern Conference finals up for grabs.