Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.
There are certain favors you ask at great, great risk. Such as: Borrow large sums of money. Help move a piano. Take care of your dog that still hasn’t gotten the hang of housetraining.
And root for the Heat.
This may come off sounding like an anti-Celtics story. But it’s not. It’s just a simple and direct basketball plea, that’s all. A request to the basketball gods to give us Miami vs. Oklahoma City in the NBA Finals, especially after what we’ve all been through since last summer. Don’t you think we deserve it?
Look. The Celtics, at this point, are many things: Noble, for sure. Proud. Fighters. Gamely geezers. Gritty, determined, resourceful. All that.
And they’re also something else: In the way.
Welp.. guess I’m not a true basketball fan, then.
I was going to write up a big response, but I think this just sums it up best
Go Celtics. Crash this motherf’ing party.
On Page 2: Doc just wants better defense on LeBron
Doc: We can’t assume he’s not going to score 45 again, but we have to do what we’re supposed to do better first. And then if we have to make changes, we will. But LeBron played great, he made a lot of great shots. So all the credit goes to him.
But there’s a better defense that we can play, and it’s the defense that we should have played.
Q. And what defense is that?
Doc: The one we always play.
Doc Rivers conference call
I love Doc Rivers. Just flat out love the guy.
The message is clear… well.. I’ll let him say it, because it’s always better when he says it and I’ll just screw it up:
Staying within yourself. Not trying to do too much. Each guy doing their job. I think everybody just has to pitch in. But no one has to do more or above what they usually do. If each guy does their job and you get your best team effort, that gives yourself a chance to win.
This Celtics team is good enough to beat Miami in Game 7. They just have to trust each other. It’d be great of Pierce or Ray or anyone gets blistering hot and carries the offense for a while. But that can only happen in the flow of things.
This team knows what to do. They’ve just got to go do it.
The rest of the links:
WEEI: 7 thoughts for Game 7 | Game 6 creates national surprise at Celtics lack of heart | CSNNE: Heat thrive on pressure | Does LeBron still have more to prove? | Pacquiao schedules fight around Game 7 | Celtics look to make Game 7 history | ESPN Boston: Reserve casts could swing Game 7 | Herald: Heat’s confidence back to life for Game 7 | Rondo seeks rebound | Celtics in familiar spot | Past offers no preview | Globe: Final chance | This team has lots of baggage | There’s not much more to say