Paul Flannery has the scoop from practice. It seems like Doc Rivers and Paul Pierce are understating Boston’s role as underdog. (WEEI)
“Being an underdog is nothing,” Pierce said. “I feel like I’ve been the underdog my whole career. I definitely thrive in that situation. We’ll see how it turns out. There’s no pressure on us.”
In the end, it doesn’t really matter heading into the series. If one team gets up in the series, the other will feel the pressure regardless of who or what is supposed to happen. It’s not like the Celtics are in awe, either.
“I don’t know if we feel like that,” Doc Rivers said. “I think everyone feels like we are. We’ve been there before. Going into the championship series [against the Lakers], no one picked us outside of Boston. I don’t think we care one way or the other. We have to go out there and earn it. Orlando is the defending champions of the East. I don’t know how Cleveland’s been anointed that already. They have to earn it and we want to earn it. We feel good.”
“Orlando is the defending champions of the East. I don’t know how Cleveland’s been anointed that already.”
Them’s fightin’ words. This series is going to be physical and fierce, from day one. I’m getting excited, and I love how Doc nonchalantly just fueled the fire. Not that he could say anything to make the blood boil any more; there is no love lost between these two teams.