"We let the game get away, but we gotta move on," said Kendrick
Perkins. "Doc said it, we can’t live in the past. We've got a
chance to tie it up, 2-2, and get back to Cleveland. I feel like it's a
must-win for us tomorrow."
And after what he dubbed two "lousy" practices before Game 3, Rivers
felt like the Celtics ended practice on the right foot Saturday.
"We had a good day today, and that was good," said Rivers. "It
should be after [Friday]. That doesn't guarantee [a strong effort
Sunday], but we had a great focus today — focus in film was great and
the limited work on the floor was phenomenal. That's how we have to
stay. Stay in that mode and we can't relax. We can't take our eye off
what we're trying to do."
This is exactly what you've got to do. If you sit there and cry about getting blown out, or the officiating, or whatever… you might as well just not play Game 4. That's all loser talk. You'll just get smoked again.
Winners say "you know what, you got me. Now I'm going to get you back".
The only thing I hope for the C's is that they realize that the second they believe their own hype, the get trounced. The second they slack, they get hit hard, and they get knocked the eff out.
So all this other stuff is just white noise and distraction. They have to take responsibility for their own actions. The Celtics have to look at themselves and only themselves. Because that's all they can control. If they play well… if they leave Game 3 behind, focus on Game 4, and put out a maximum effort for 48 minutes, they WILL win… and nothing else will matter.