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Intense practice for C's

Posted by Marc J. Spears, Globe Staff  May 11, 2008 05:19 PM

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The Celtics have failed to win a game on the road this postseason. After their latest failure, a 108-84 loss to the Cavaliers here in Cleveland in Game 3 on Saturday night, the Celtics had a very intense practice for close to an hour today.

By the sweaty jerseys, it was evident the players had put some work in scrimmaging. Guard Ray Allen said it was the most intense practice the team has had since before the playoffs.

Prior to practice, the Celtics only watched the first quarter of their Game 3 blowout loss. Guard Rajon Rondo, who has been struggling offensively, also shot for about an hour after practice.

Forward Paul Pierce said he is confident the Celtics will win tomorrow's Game 4 because of the hard practice they had today. He said the key is tough defense.

How focused is coach Doc Rivers? He didn't know that ex-Suns head man Mike D'Antoni got the Knicks coaching job until I mentioned it to him after practice. Rivers said he thought D'Antoni going to Chicago was a done deal.

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