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Saturday, June 9, 2012
Pregame: Doc expects C's best effort

By Chris Forsberg

MIAMI -- Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he will dip into the coach's toolbox and deliver a heartfelt Game 7 pregame speech, but downplayed the significance, joking that his players have tuned him out by this point.

"I just think Game 7 is a players' game," said Rivers. "You just want to get out on the floor. You could see it in shootaround, they were so sick of me. If we went through one more of Miami’s plays, I think they were going to shoot me today. I just think they want to go play."

And what can we expect from the Celtics on the court?

"I think we're ready," said Rivers. "That's all I know, that's my sense. Like I said this morning, I don't know what that will translate into -- you can be ready and not play well. But, I would be very surprised if we didn't (play well). This team, you've seen them all year, I'd be very surprised if we didn't play extremely well today."

During his turn at the podium, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra fielded a mere two questions, the latter of which asked about word that Manny Pacquiao was delaying his fight Saturday night in order to root on the Celtics. Quipped Spoelstra, a fellow Filipino-American, "You know what, you're making it very difficult on me, Manny... I might have to root for (Timothy) Bradley tonight."

A couple more notes:

* As expected, Chris Bosh will come off the bench for the Heat. Udonis Haslem starts at center for Miami.

* A look at the Game 7 T-shirts distributed to fans at AmericanAirlines Arena as part of the team's White Hto promotion.