BOSTON -- Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers said his team can't take its foot off the gas pedal despite winning two consecutive games to crawl back into an Eastern Conference first-round series with the New York Knicks. Even playing on their home turf on Friday with a chance to even the series and force a potential Game 7 on Sunday, Rivers wants his team to continue treating each game like it's a Game 7.
"I told our guys, we can’t lean on [home-court advantage for Game 6]," said Rivers. "We have to supply the energy. We can’t think because we’re here now that we can let our guard down. We’re playing a really good team and an extremely talented team. We have to do more to win, in my opinion. We have to be ready to do that."
"I don’t worry about that. I really thought that was much ado about nothing," said Rivers. "I thought Carmelo said something to Jordan; Jordan said something back. It’s words. Obviously, then the words take their own meaning, I’m hearing that people are reading lips now and all this stuff. I had one of my assistants telling me what he thought someone said. I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, this is getting too deep for me.’ I really don’t worry about it. There's nothing wrong with a little bit of healthy dislike, that’s all good. But let’s just play the game."
Rivers said he expects to add maybe one more body to his rotation after going with seven guys in Game 5. He doesn't think those extended minutes will impact his guys in Game 6.
"I’m not that concerned by it, I’ll put it that way," said Rivers. "We may want to use one more [body in the rotation], I would say that. But the game will dictate that."