After a five game winning streak has left the Boston Celtics only two wins away from the NBA finals, Doc Rivers is fighting to keep his team from overconfidence. (WEEI)
You gave your guys the day off yesterday and I’m sure before you parted company you had some words of advice for them. What was the advice you gave them?
Well, not yesterday, but the day before was humility. And we have done nothing, we’ve won two games. We just have to keep working and keep playing.
But you know what human nature is right and you know what they’re hearing from all their friends and family?
Yea, that’s why when you go home and hear how great you are. There’s nothing wrong with feeling good about yourself, but having said that, we still have a lot of work to do, guys. Our goal was not to win two games in the series, our goal was to try to win the series. We just have a lot of work to do, Orlando won both games at our place this year.
Do you think it will be Paul [Pierce], Ray [Allen], or Tony [Allen] covering Kobe [Bryant]?
I’m so far off of [the Lakers] because again, I know how good Orlando is and how good they were going into this series. We played two exceptional games. I was happier with Game 2 than Game 1 because I felt we took one of their better shots. We’re going to take a big one in Game 3 as well. They’re thinking that they’ve been up here twice and won, you can say they’ve won the last three times they’ve been in our building, so they’re probably feeling pretty comfortable.
Whoa, whoa, whoa. If the C’s somehow collapse and blow their 2-0 lead, I blame whatever dude over at WEEI conducted this interview. He’s already talking about who’s covering Kobe Bryant? Goddamn. It’s one thing to say that it looks like the Celtics are going to beat Orlando, but it’s quite another to start talking about who’s going to defend Kobe in the Finals. For now, Pierce and the Allens will be focusing on stopping Vince Carter, Matt Barnes and J.J. Redick, thank you very much.
Let’s save the Kobe questions for later. Please.
Doc also said he hopes the long layoff between games doesn’t affect Boston’s effort.
“I wish we could take them to Alcatraz for four days and be on the island all by ourselves,” Rivers said. “That’s not going to happen. Going home, it’s great in a lot of ways. But in other ways, it’s tough. Everywhere they go, they’re going to hear how great they are.
“We haven’t done anything — you need four wins; we have two. That’s it. Orlando hasn’t had a chance to play in our place. So we have to just keep playing basketball.”
So if you live in Boston, do Doc a favor: Every time you see a Celtic on the side of the road, or at a restaurant, or at the local arcade, just tell them they haven’t accomplished a damn thing yet. If my math is right, they still have six more wins to go.