Wednesday, May 19, 2010
5/19/2010 09:10:00 AM | Posted by Jacob Noble | Edit Post
Pierce scored 28 points, Rajon Rondo had 25 and the revived Celtics again avoided a late collapse to take a commanding lead in the Eastern Conference finals with a 95-92 victory over the Orlando Magic in Game 2 on Tuesday night.
"I think we are becoming the team that started the season," Rivers said. "The team that started the season was pretty good."
Dwight Howard had 30 points, and Vince Carter and J.J. Redick scored 16 apiece for the Magic, who overcame an 11-point deficit to take a brief lead in the fourth quarter. But they couldn't hold it.
"I won't stop believing," Howard said. "And I won't let my teammates stop believing."
"Our fans won't let us relax," Pierce said. "We're going to try and close it out in four games."
"I don't take losses well," said Carter, Orlando's biggest offseason acquisition. "Especially when you're on a team like this. They bring me in to make plays and deliver in crunch time. For me to step up there and miss two free throws, regardless, this doesn't sit well with me."
"Just think our mindset was to be ready for the type of intensity they would bring after losing at home," Pierce said. "We know the Magic are a talented team and we won't take these two wins for granted."
"It would have made a big difference," Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. "We said in the thing to call a timeout. We didn't make the right play there at the end."
Redick took the blame.
"I made a mistake," he said. "I didn't hear the whistle initially. When I didn't hear it initially, I just kind of went, then I realized we should have called a timeout. So that was my fault."
"The feeling of the team right now is just focus," Pierce said. "Only thing we did was win two games."
"On the offensive end of the floor I wasn't always making the play," Rondo said, trying to justify why he wouldn't be tired. "Kevin made the plays, Ray Allen made the plays as well. Paul played great tonight. Paul had a lot of [isolations] and I thought he was very efficient tonight. I don't want to take a night off on the defensive end, but offensively I didn't do as much as it may seem."
Magic coach Stan Van Gundy defended his close friend and Florida Marlins manager, Fredi Gonzalez, for benching Hanley Ramirez after the star shortstop didn't hustle for a ball. Van Gundy said Gonzalez was "perfectly justified" and he and the Marlins' manager exchanged text messages about the situation. ... Even though Celtics coach Doc Rivers lives permanently near Orlando and is a former Magic coach, family ties apparently come first with his children. "They're all more dad fans than NBA fans," Rivers said. "At least that's what they tell me when they ask for allowance." - ESPN
What can you say that Paul Pierce hasn't already said on Twitter. Boston is focused, their defense is the best in the league, and their stars are taking turns dominating. Ray Allen only scores four points and no one off the bench contributed offensively and still Boston takes two games on the road vs Orlando, and their 4th straight road win. The Magic are being stubborn, they are not understanding that Dwight can not outsize his way in this series, Perkins is too strong for him. As a wise man named Einstein said, Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. - PBT