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“I thought he was good,” Rivers said. “He stayed in his lane, let’s put it that way. He didn’t go outside of it. Usually guys in their first [playoff] game, they do one or the other. Some guys don’t do anything. I though he did far better than that. Or they try to do too much. I thought he was pretty much under control emotionally.”
“Play my game, the game I continue to play that got me here that Doc Rivers wants me to play,” Crawford said. “So I’m just trying to help them win any way…Just be precise, don’t second guess nothing, be precise. Whatever you think to do, do it quick. If you make a mistake, do it hard.”
Crawford said he didn’t feel overwhelmed by his first taste of a playoff atmosphere. Instead, he said Game 1 was a nice opportunity to get a feel for the postseason, and his greatest takeaway was the importance of not changing his game, despite the bigger stage.
“More than anything, be yourself, be confident,” Crawford said. “I really wanted to see if it was any different, if the intensity picked up or anything. But it’s pretty much the same, games just matter more.
I blame Jason Terry for this. If he could have scored anything… anything at all off the bench… Doc wouldn’t be sitting there selling more Jordan Crawford minutes to us.
Doc has been great over the past two days. He’s been the perfect head coach. He has taken all the blame for just about everything. And he’s pumped up his struggling bench guys who he knows he’s going to need in tonight’s crucial second game.
And let’s face it, this is a must-win game. There is no way we can expect this Celtics team to beat the Knicks four out of five games. Hell, I think it’s too much to ask them to win 3 straight, but at least we can expect better performances out of them at home in games 3 and 4.
That mean’s tonight’s game is imperative. If the Celtics can’t win this, then I don’t think they can win the series. And that means Jordan Crawford, the Tasmanian Devil, Mr. first place 6th man vote, may play a key role in making that happen.
Actually… if Crawford plays extended minutes, he’s guaranteed to play a key role in tonight’s game. The problem is, we don’t know if he’ll be the key to the win, or the loss.
Still time for you to wake up and back up your words, Jason Terry.
Related links: ESPN Boston: Crawford gets vote for 6th man | MassLive: Crawford isn’t very impressed by intensity of NBA playoffs | WEEI: Crawford: I was trying to make sure I made my first shot
The rest of the links:
ESPN Boston: Practice: Film don’t lie | Goal for Game 2: Establish KG | MassLive: Rivers: Bass “played the perfect game” against Knicks | CSNNE: C’s looking for way to win on the road | Herald: Despite loss, signs point to progress | Talk centers on Garnett | Jeff Green hardly satisfied | Globe: C’s look to establish KG early in Game 2 | C’s have to take confidence from Game 1 and be better in Game 2