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Thu, 05/20/2010 - 8:38am  

Rivers on D&C: 'I feel awful for Marquis'

Celtics coach Doc Rivers made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning and warned that the Eastern Conference finals are not over just because the C's lead the Magic by two games as the series shifts to Boston. "They've been up here twice [this season] and won," Rivers cautioned. "You can say they've won the last three times they've been in our building, so they're probably feeling pretty comfortable."

 

Rivers said there are areas of the game the Celtics need to improve heading into Saturday night's Game 3. "The [Magic's] dribble penetration is starting to hurt us," he said. As for the other side of the court, "Offensively, we've had two bad fourth quarters. ... We have to be more efficient."

 

Rivers was asked about a situation in Game 2 when Orlando's Matt Barnes helped up Rajon Rondo off the floor, and the ESPN announcers were critical of the gesture. "I didn't notice it, and it's always in the context of how it happens," Rivers said, noting that it could be done in an effort to avoid having a flagrant foul called. Added Rivers: "When I played for [Pat Riley], if we helped a guy off the floor it was a $1,000 fine."

 

Asked about the situation involving Marquis Daniels' stepfather, who got into an altercation with security at Amway Arena on Tuesday night and was tased, Rivers said only: "It's a tough situation and I feel awful for Marquis because he has to deal with that."

 

With the Celtics' success in the playoffs, much has been made about the team apparently mailing it in for part of the regular season. Said Rivers: "We were struggling from basically the day after Christmas. That had a lot to do with injuries. And then when everyone returned back, we just couldn't find our rhythm. ... The bottom line is we needed health. That's how we played out the season. You knew one thing: Unhealthy we were not going to win."

 

There has been much speculation about Rivers' future in Boston, and he was asked if winning a championship this season would affect his decision-making process. "I don't think it matters one way or the other," he said. "I don't even think about it much."

 

To hear the interview, visit the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page. Check the Green Street blog later for a transcript and more Celtics news.




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