The rundown (a quick look at pregame headlines)
Davis to start, Doc cites quick feet as key
If the Celtics were trying to keep Kevin Garnett's replacement a surprise before Game 2, they did a terrible job. Coach Doc Rivers confirmed in his pregame chat with the media that Glen Davis would draw the start, citing his quicker feet that could help combat Miami's Dwyane Wade in the pick-and-roll.
"I just think he moves his feet better [than Rasheed Wallace]," said Rivers. "Wade alone was involved in 36 pick-and-rolls [in Game 1], so we think he'll be involved in 36 more -- at least -- so we needed a quicker big. If Rasheed and [Kendrick Perkins] were involved in all those pick-and-rolls, that would be tough. You want one or the other on the floor."
Rivers noted that Garnett's absence doesn't just affect the team defensively, but also at the other end of the floor.
"Kevin facilitates so much of our offense," said Rivers. "He was credited with 15 points, but we thought he was probably responsible, in Game 1, for half our scoring, with picks, hockey passes, and all that stuff. No one guy is going to make that up. It's going to be a team effort."
Garnett, who is prohibited from coming to the arena for Tuesday's game, said Monday he'd watch the game at the home of Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge. Rivers was asked if he could imagine joining that playoff party.
"No, there would be a lot of screaming at me, a lot of screaming at the TV, the players, and all that," Rivers said with a smile. "I’d rather have Kevin here."
Given that Garnett's absence is a suspension and not an injury, the Celtics are not able to activate another player for Tuesday's game. Rivers noted he would have liked to have added Brian Scalabrine to the active 12, but league rules prohibit addition due to suspension (only injury). Rivers did point out that he could have added Scalabrine by deactivating another of his 11 players -- like reserves Nate Robinson, Marquis Daniels, or Shelden Williams -- but decided against that.
Richardson's done talking about fracas
Quentin Richardson, who was fined $25,000 for his action in the Game 1 ruction that led to Garnett's suspension, expected a chilly reaction from the Boston crowd, but he said his focus was on the game itself.
"I'm just playing basketball, I'm playing to help my team win," said Richardson. "That's everything outside the lines. Inside the lines I'm playing basketball, that's what I'm focused on."
Quizzed about Rivers' comments that Richardson's penalty should have been harsher given his role as an instigator, Richardson brushed off the suggestion.
"Doc's entitled to his opinion," he said. "One of his best players got suspended, so I understand why he feels that way... That's his opinion."
At that point, Heat director of media relations Rob Wilson, lounging in a chair next to Richardson, put an end to that sort of questioning.
"Alright guys, that's enough of that," said Wilson. "If you want to talk about tonight's game, we'll do that, but he's been talking about this for two days now."
With that decree, much of the Boston media promptly filed out.
Williams ready if called upon... as always
Williams, whose largely been an in-case-of-emergency player for Boston this season, knows he could see a larger role in Tuesday's game, but didn't alter his preparation because of that.
"I prepare like I prepare for every game," said Williams "I go into the game preparing to play, and if it plays out like that, I'll be ready."
Williams, appearing in his first playoff series after four journey-filled years in the league, noted he's enjoying the experience, and understands his role is limited on a team overflowing with talent.
"The players in from of me are Hall-of-Fame-type players," said Williams. "That's a big difference [from past teams] right there. They've done a lot of special things in this league, so I pick their brains, talk to them about different situations. I'm learning from them.
"You go against someone better than you everyday in practice, you have no choice but to get better. It's great for me to go up against these guys in 1-on-1 situations and 5-on-5. It helps me out, either way."