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The Celtics hit the floor for shootaround on Wednesday before Game 3.PHILADELPHIA -- Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he expects everyone to be available for Game 3 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night at Wells Fargo Arena.
The Celtics on Wednesday engaged in a late-morning shootaround, their first on-court activity since a Game 2 loss Monday in Boston evened the series, but Rivers believes the off day might have helped his players on the short turnaround.
"Everybody’s good," said Rivers. "We basically took the day off (Tuesday) -- we watched a little film and met; other than that we didn’t do anything on the floor."
But since injuries are unlikely to get better at this time of year, particularly with the spacing of these games, it appears the Celtics are trying to will themselves through the pain. At one end of the visitor's locker room, Avery Bradley massaged his ailing left shoulder while telling reporters he plans to suit up Wednesday despite another dislocation in Game 2.
"I just gotta make sure I’m careful," said Bradley. "But I try not to think about it and just play. If it pops out, then it pops out."
When the prospects of offseason surgery came up, Bradley said, "I’m going to do whatever I need to do to get myself ready for next season. As of right now, I’m just rehabbing it, trying to get it stronger."
At the other end of the room, Ray Allen smiled when a reporter asked him how his balky right ankle was feeling.
"You’re on your health watch?" Allen joked. "I try not to think about it. Like last night, I got in the hotel and I went down to the health club and I was so tempted to get on the treadmill. But I just said, ‘Don’t do it. Just leave it alone.’ I put myself in a good position to be ready for tonight, that’s all I can say. That’s what I’ve been told to do."
The other big question mark is Paul Pierce, who is playing through a sprained MCL in his left knee. Pierce shed the brace for Game 2, but did little to impact the contest offensively. Rivers admitted they need to change their approach with getting Pierce shots.
"Usually with Paul, the elbow (isolations) are great, but right now he can’t get away from anybody with his legs, so we’re going to go to more pin-downs for him and do different things," said Rivers. "You usually didn't have to get a body off of him, he could shake the body on his own. I think now, we have to use him a lot like Ray, bringing him off screens, and then giving him space."
Rivers also hinted the team might explore getting Pierce in the post more. One thing Rivers wouldn't speculate on is just how healthy Pierce is at this point.
"You know me, I don’t do percentages," said Rivers. "Listen I don’t think (Andre) Iguodala cares what percentage he is and that’s what counts. When (Pierce is) on the floor, he’s 100 percent, that’s how we view it. Whether he is or isn’t, really doesn’t matter. We just have to go out and play, and figure out, we have to get 100 percent out of him -- of what he has."
Asked about what the Celtics need to do to wrestle the momentum back from the 76ers, Rivers said it was simple.
"Win. That’s the only way you’re going to get momentum back," he said. "You’re not going to get it back by playing close games. You go in, win, and get it back. You gotta go earn it. I think they played better than us in two games, we just happened to win one. So we have to go out and win tonight and that will change the momentum."