Off day: C's trek back to Miami
June, 4, 2012
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com
Al Diaz/Miami Herald/MCTKeyon Dooling and the Celtics are pumped after two wins in Boston.The Boston Celtics were scheduled for an early afternoon flight to Miami on Monday in advance of Tuesday's Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Sticking with the postseason routine -- particularly coming off an overtime effort -- the Celtics will stay off the court Monday, but the team is hoping the momentum from two consecutive wins in Boston can give them a little jolt on enemy soil on Tuesday.
"We've got to win a game in Miami, of course, if we have a chance of winning this series," said Celtics captain Paul Pierce. "We know it's not going to be easy. A good old classic bar fight. Going into it, you've got to expect every game to be like this, coming down to the wire, both teams trying to find an edge. This was a great game to be a part of.
"We won two in a row. We felt like we let Game 2 slip away, so we feel like we're playing with good momentum. But we've got to start playing for 48 minutes. We haven't put together a 48-minute game yet. There's no reason we shouldn't have gotten to 100 points (in Game 4), after scoring 61 in the first half. We're hoping that we can put together a full game when we get down to Miami, play 48 minutes."
The Heat suggested they'll be looking for some of that resolve -- and a greater sense of urgency -- that Boston has showcased the last two games.
"We’ve just got to come out with a sense of urgency," said Miami's LeBron James. "Like I said, the last two games, we’ve come in and they’ve hit us hard. We’ve been down and it’s been an uphill battle the first two-and-a-half quarters. If we come in with a sense of urgency, we understand what it takes to win, but no one said it was easy.
"This is great. This is what the postseason is all about. It’s about adversity; ups and downs. Like I said, you never get too high and you never get too low. We look forward to Game 5."
[Note: Celtics coach Doc Rivers will conduct an afternoon conference call from Miami after Boston arrives. News and notes will follow in the blog.]