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Thu, 01/07/2010 - 11:00am  

Rivers recaps C's OT win on D&C

Doc Rivers made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning and talked about Wednesday night's dramatic overtime victory over the Heat. The Celtics trailed by two points after a Dwyane Wade layup with 0.6 seconds left when Rivers called a timeout to set up the game-tying alley-oop from Paul Pierce to Rajon Rondo. "When we called a timeout, it took me 15 seconds to get the in the huddle, they were so down, our guys," Rivers said. "Once we drew up the play, you could see them back, we had the focus."

 

On Wade's layup, the Heat guard stripped Ray Allen of the ball at midcourt and went in alone. "[Allen] was very happy with the [eventual] ending," Rivers said. "That was a tough play for Ray. I shouldn't have put him in that spot with Dwyane Wade. I usually have a rule for myself: Try to keep the best defender out of the play."

 

Rivers also commented on the Gilbert Arenas gun situation. "The two lessons here are, the guns and all that are awful. Also, when you make a mistake, apologize immediately, and show that you feel bad about it, instead of the way Gilbert went." Rivers said he remembers Spurs coach Gregg Popovich telling him: "When your best player is your leader, then everyone else falls in line. When your best player in the crazy one, then you're going to have some problems." Added Rivers: That's the problem in Washington — when your best player is the guy that's doing the crazy things, it's tough to lead everybody else."

 

To hear the interview, click on the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page. Read highlights from the transcript at the Green Street blog.




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