In the fourth quarter of the Celtics' Game 5 showdown with the Lakers Sunday night, Los Angeles coach Phil Jackson was caught by ABC telling his team during a timeout regarding the Celts: "This team has lost more games in the fourth quarter than anybody in the NBA. They know how to lose in the fourth quarter. They're just showing us that now."

 

When asked about the comment, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said, "He's right. As a coach you can tell your team whatever you can to get him going. We didn't hear it and it didn't affect us."

 

Paul Pierce scored a team-high 27 points and Kevin Garnett added 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Celtics beat the Lakers, 92-86, in Game 5 of the NBA finals Sunday night at TD Garden to stand just one win away from hanging their 18th NBA championship banner from the rafters.

 

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Ray Allen was excused from the media session and the start of Celtics practice on Saturday afternoon at TD Garden to tend to a 'family issue', according to the team. Allen did participate in practice and is expected to be dressed, ready and start for Game 5 Sunday night at the Garden as the Celtics take on the Lakers in the NBA finals and the series tied, 2-2. 

 

Celtics captain Paul Pierce on Saturday implored both Kendrick Perkins and Rasheed Wallace to do whatever they have to - including talking to each other - to maintain their cool and not get a technical foul in either of the next two games. Both Perkins and Wallace, with six playoff technicals, are one away from being suspended for the following game. 

 

Lakers starting center Andrew Bynum had his troublesome right knee drained again immediately after Game 4 Thursday night before he met with reporters. He said he feels much better and will play in Game 5 Sunday night at TD Garden with the NBA finals tied, 2-2.

 

"I went through the process and thought about it and did it again," Bynum said following Lakers practice on Saturday at TD Garden. "It really helped out this time."

 

Former Celtic, NBA Hall of Famer and current TNT analyst Kevin McHale joined The Big Show on Friday. In addition to singing coach Doc Rivers' praises and discussing his own ambitions to coach again, McHale spoke out against the officiating the NBA finals thus far.

 

Kendrick Perkins and Rasheed Wallace are both sitting on six technical fouls during the postseason. If either of them gets one more they are subject to a one-game suspension from the NBA. Doc Rivers has expressed concern that they could be provoked into getting technicals, but Laker coach Phil Jackson said that was not part of his team's mindset. "That's not fair play," he said. "That's not the way to play the games."  

Throughout the Celtics postseason run, the elephant in the room has been the future of the team's eight free agents, notably Ray Allen (Paul Pierce also has a player option for next season). Doc Rivers noted Friday that the team's uncertain future has not been a regular topic of concersation in the locker room. "No, we don't talk about it at all," Rivers said. "I've said that -- I said it in the middle of the year. I think hopefully we sign Ray back -- I think I can say that.

Former Celtics player and coach Satch Sanders joined the Dale & Holley show Friday to talk about the NBA finals. Sanders said Doc Rivers' use of his bench in Game 4 Thursday night reminded him of Red Auberbach's strategy during the Celtics' dynasty in the 1960s, of which Sanders was a key part.