Despite a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series against the Miami Heat, Doc Rivers doesn’t consider his Boston Celtics to be ‘up.” (ESPNBoston)
Celtics coach Doc Rivers reiterated that he doesn’t feel his team is “up” 2-0 in the series. He simply believes his troops took care of business at home and Friday’s Game 3 will tell whether his team is in control.
“Game 3′s are Game 3′s — Miami has yet to have a home game,” said Rivers. “We’ve had two. We’ve done our job. But I don’t consider ourselves up in the series. I consider that we won our two home game.s Now we have to come to play. If the two games [Thursday] didn’t prove that, nothing will.”
If winning at home is only holding serve, then weren’t the Celtics — with homecourt advantage — ‘up’ before the series even started? If they continue to hold serve at home, they’ll win… right?
But they shouldn’t think that way. They should be prepared to prey on a wounded and vulnerable Heat squad tonight. The Celtics should leave no doubt that this series is their own. Leave the Heat no room for a comeback, no hope of advancing.
Game Threes though, warns Kevin Garnett, are always tough.
“The fact that Game 3 is probably the momentum game, if you will, and it’s probably the most difficult of the series [for the visiting team]. This is it. I expect [the Heat] to come out and play aggressive. They’re at home, they play really well at home. So we have our work cut out for us tonight.”
Be prepared for a desperate Miami Heat squad to begin the game. If the Celtics are to win, they’ll have to combat Miami’s energy. A team on the ropes is always dangerous… especially when said team has Dwyane Wade.