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Doc’s prescription is for more humility

By Michael Vega
Globe Staff / May 21, 2010

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WALTHAM — Paul Pierce found himself at the epicenter of two flashpoints yesterday.

The Celtics captain was asked to address what he said (in his defiant postgame remarks) and didn’t say (in a provocative Twitter message he claimed never to have authored) following his team’s victory in Game 2 Tuesday.

Immediately after the game, Pierce was asked by ESPN’s Doris Burke about his mind-set and whether having a two-game lead would lead to a natural tendency to relax.

“Our fans aren’t going to let us relax,’’ Pierce said, turning directly to the camera. “Y’all not going to let us relax. We’re going to try to close this out in two games, you hear me?’’

Then, with a wink of his eye, Pierce concluded his remarks, saying, “We’re coming home to close it out.’’

While his team must straddle a fine line between confidence and overconfidence, Celtics coach Doc Rivers took issue with those remarks.

“I didn’t like it,’’ he said. “I don’t mind the confidence part. That’s good. You have to have confidence, but we want to be humble, and we haven’t achieved anything. I think that’s what he was trying to say.

“It came out at the end. I wish they would have taken the mike away the last couple of words. Up until then [the message] was pretty good.

“We do have to go home, and our fans will help us. But we have to do it on the floor.’’

Which is what Pierce said he was trying to say.

“It wasn’t a big deal to me,’’ Pierce said yesterday. “I’m just saying I want us to go home, I want our crowd to be ready, I want us to play our best, and I want to win two games.’’

Ray Allen agreed with Pierce on that point, but wanted to make sure his captain maintained a humble approach.

“We always got to handle ourselves with class,’’ Allen said. “We never know what can happen.

“It’s one of those situations where Paul was pumped up and excited and happy that we won. The fans, they have a right to cheer. When we come home, we hope our fans cheer and are just as loud and boisterous as their fans were down in Orlando.

“It doesn’t bug me out, but Paul just has to understand that we’re a classy organization and we always got to make sure that we operate that way, regardless of the outcome.’’

While Pierce owned up to his televised remarks, he denied writing a tweet that read “Anybody got a BROOM?’’ Evidently, his Twitter account had been hacked after the game and that message — along with three others — was posted while Pierce was at the podium talking to the media.

“It wasn’t me on that,’’ Pierce said. “I guess somebody said that I had said, ‘Break out the brooms’? I’m not going to say that on the tweet. I think that’s pretty unprofessional. I’ll talk trash on the court and say things on the court that I wouldn’t say here.’’

The tweets in question apparently were generated from an address in Michigan, according to a search of coordinates on Google maps conducted by Boston.com.

“I don’t think Paul tweeted that. That was false. I don’t believe that,’’ said teammate Glen Davis, whose own Twitter account has been hacked before. “I believe what I see on TV, but I don’t believe in tweets because that could be anybody tweeting.’’

Cuts both ways
Pierce was sporting a pair of nasty scratches on the left side of his forehead yesterday, unwelcome reminders of Dwight Howard’s Flagrant 1 foul in the second quarter of Game 2. Although Pierce had to be restrained by Rasheed Wallace when he came to his feet, he had no issue with the league’s decision not to suspend Howard. “My reaction to him not being suspended is a good reaction,’’ Pierce said. “We want their team’s best. In order to be the best, you want to beat their best. When they have Dwight Howard, they’re a good team and we want their best team on the floor.’’

Homeland security
The Magic, who tied for the second-most home wins this season (34), failed to hold serve in the first two games, and now it falls to the Celtics to do so against a team that won both of its visits to TD Garden this season. “We got to stay focused,’’ Davis said. “We know we’re up, 2-0, and we went on their home court and won. But people fail to realize that this year, through the season, they’re undefeated at our house. So they’ve come to the Garden and beat us. We understand that and know that. We can’t worry about what we did over there [in Orlando] because that’s over and done with. We’ve got to come over here and defend our home court.’’

Ticket alert
The Celtics issued a warning to fans about counterfeit tickets in the Boston area. The team urged fans to beware of purchasing tickets from unauthorized sellers. The only tickets with guaranteed authenticity are those purchased through Celtics.com, Ticketmaster.com, over the phone at 1-800-4-NBA-Tix, at the TD Garden box office, Ticketmaster outlets, and TicketExchange online. Anyone attempting to enter the building with phony tickets will be subject to eviction and arrest . . . Marquis Daniels was not available to speak to reporters about the arrest of his 55-year-old stepfather, Willie L. Buie, during the second half Tuesday. Buie was removed from his seat and subdued with a stun gun by Orlando Police, who charged him with resisting arrest with violence.

Frank Dell’Apa and Chad Finn of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Michael Vega of the Globe staff can be reached at vega@globe.com

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