Celtics coach Doc Rivers joined the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to talk about the NBA finals against the Lakers. Rivers said his players do not view themselves as underdogs. "We don't think that way," he said. "We don't care what others think. We believed going into the playoff rounds that we could get here and win it. We thought we needed to be healthy, and we did get healthy. I don't know how healthy we are now, but we're getting closer again. That was key for us. We just believe that the 23-5 team was the real team, at the beginning of the season.

Reports last week indicated that the Hornets were ready to offer their head coaching job to Celtics assistant Tom Thibodeau, and a story by Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo!Sports late Sunday night says the team has begun contract discussions with Thibodeau's representatives at Creative Artists Agency. However, a story out of Illinois' Daily Herald Monday morning notes that the Bulls have interest in him as well, and multiple reports say that Thibodeau plans to remain in discussions for the Nets job.

 

When the Celtics were eliminated in the Eastern Conference semifinals last year, Paul Pierce made a bold prediction.



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Celtics coach Doc Rivers will join Butch Stearns and Bob Ryan, filling in for Dennis & Callahan, on Monday at 9:30 a.m. Topics of discussion will most likely include a recap of the Magic series and a preview of the NBA finals with the Los Angeles Lakers. This is the second time in three years that Rivers has led the Celtics to the NBA finals. If you happen to miss the interview, visit the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand section after the show.

The Celtics and Lakers will meet for second time in three years in the NBA finals. The two teams each won one game in their two meetings this season. Here is the complete NBA finals schedule of games, which will all be broadcast on the WEEI Sports Radio Network:
 

It’s been there the entire season, quietly hanging above the practice court as a constant reminder of the ultimate goal.

There are no words on it. No pictures, either. But the empty canvas tells the story of a team on a quest for greatness.



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The Celtics learned who they will play in the NBA finals as the Lakers claimed Game 6, beating the Suns, 111-103, Saturday night, clinching the Western Conference finals. Game 1 for the Celts and Lakers will be Thursday in Los Angeles, with Game 2 being held the following Sunday, also in the Staples Center. The two team each won one game in their two meetings this season. After trailing by 18, the Suns closed the gap to three points late in the fourth quarter, but Kobe Bryant scored 11 of the Lakers' last 16 points to seal the game for LA.

 A look at what transpired in the Celtics' NBA finals-clinching win over the Magic Friday night, while also, as Kirk Minihane writes, waiting "to see if Pau Gasol or Robin Lopez will be the most hated man in Boston one week from today."

 

Here is the Celtics' official press release concerning the sale of NBA finals tickets.

 

BOSTON– The Boston Celtics announced today that a limited number of playoff tickets for Round 4, Home Games 1, 2 and 3 (Games 3, 4 and 5 of the series) at the TD Garden will go on sale Wednesday, June 2, at 11 a.m. There is a four (4) ticket limit per event on all seating areas and seats start at $40.

 

Ten Thoughts from Game 6 as we wait to see if Pau Gasol or Robin Lopez will be the most hated man in Boston one week from today.



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