It's Celtics vs. Heat in Game 7 on Saturday night at AmericanAirlines Arena.The Boston Celtics will play the seventh Game 7 of the Big Three era when they visit the Miami Heat on Saturday night for the deciding game of the Eastern Conference finals. Boston is 4-2 in those previous games, though this core lost the only other road Game 7 its played in (Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers).
During a conference call with reporters after the team landed in Miami on Friday afternoon, Celtics coach Doc Rivers downplayed past results, noting each series is different, but admitted that Boston has experience in these type of moments and that might aid them Saturday night at AmericanAirlines Arena. Rivers, though, said he'll spend more time focusing on the six games of tape from this series than anything from past years. Even that might not be enough to make him change his plan of attack.
"Obviously, being Game 7, that means you have six games of some great film to look at," he said. "You can look at all the tweaks and changes that each team has made. But, at the end of the day, you have to go out and perform, you have to make shots, you have to rebound. You have to do all the things that you’ve probably talked about since Game 1 of the regular season, and you have to do it with an urgency."
A handful of other highlights from the call:
* LEBRON ADJUSTMENTS: Rivers wouldn't quite tip his hand of potential adjustments after LeBron James erupted for 45 points in Game 6. "Well, you'll see (those adjustments) when the game starts," said Rivers. "We're not going to do much. We do what we do. Defensively, for the most part, we have to do it better. I thought, obviously, LeBron had a great game, (but) I thought there were things we should have done better in the game, with the way we we were playing them. And we didn't do that. That's the first thing we have to correct. Then if we have to do something else, we'll do it."
* DELAY FOR PACQUIAO: Asked what he thought about boxer Manny Pacquiao delaying his fight Saturday night versus Timothy Bradley Jr. until after the end of the Celtics-Heat game, Rivers quipped: "He’s a Celtics fan, what do you expect? It's pretty cool though." The pay-per-view is slated to start at 9 p.m. and Boston players will undoubtedly be scrambling to watch Pacquiao after the game as well.
* BIG THREE REFLECTIONS DELAYED, TOO: Celtics coach Doc Rivers was offered the chance to reflect on the Big Three era and politely passed. "I'm not even going to let myself go down that road," said Rivers. "I’d like to talk about that two or three weeks from now." The insinuation, of course, wait until the season is actually over before conducting the postmortem.