Both the Lakers and Celtics practiced at Staples Center Wednesday, and in between they met the media.
Glen Davis drew a crowd. He's not only the best quote of the bunch, but also a man in the crosshairs. With Kendrick Perkins on crutches, Davis is a guy who will have to perform more and better than ever. Would he wilt under the stress?
Less than a minute into the session, Davis began describing his vision of the next few days: "I want to be on the float. Taking my shirt off. Screaming. You know? Celebrating a championship. That's my thing."
As for the extra pressure on Davis with Perkins sidelined: "I love it," he says. "I love the opportunity to step up. I love the opportunity to play a lot of minutes. To be out on the floor. That's what you want right here. This is what you want. ... We know the formula. We know what we've got to do. ... I'm not going to go out there tomorrow and think about what I should have did. I'm going to go out there and do what I should do. ... I'll be aggressive."
That was the general theme of the thing: We know what we're doing. "It is very rare," explained Kevin Garnett, "that I'm uncomfortable out there on the floor."
Paul Pierce was singing from the same hymnal: "I just love the pressure, truthfully, man. I love the fact that I get to play against the Los Angeles Lakers in a Game 7 on the road. I love the fact that if I don't win multiple championships that I probably won't be mentioned amongst the other guys in Celtic history that's done it before. That type of stuff motivates me. ... I haven't really even thought about the feeling of not being there with the other guys and winning multiple championships, because I feel like we're going to get it done."
As the media session concluded, three boys -- sons of Rasheed Wallace and Doc Rivers -- began shooting around at one hoop. The play was fairly intense, and at times passing journalists were even employed as screens. Yet, somehow, they managed not to bump into or hurt anybody.
Until Celtic assistant Tyronn Lue joined to make it a foursome. Two decades older, but almost as small, Lue fit right in. The kids had been playing for twenty minutes without incident, but as soon as Lue took his first shot it bounced off the rim, off the floor, and hard into the head of the Boston Herald's Dan Duggan, who was enmeshed in a pretty serious conversation with Kendrick Perkins.
No matter. Duggan shot them a dirty look. The game resumed.
As I made my way off the court, I ran into Dr. Jack Ramsay, and asked him what he expected from Game 7.
"Well," he said, in the observation of the day, "the Celtics certainly seem to be loose and confident."