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Game 3 reaction

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  May 23, 2010 12:17 AM

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Notable reaction following Boston's 94-71 win over the Magic in Game 3:

-- Magic guard Jameer Nelson: "I mean we’re not bowing down to anybody. We've got to go out there and play our game. They’re playing well but we’re beating ourselves a lot of times.”

-- Ray Allen on Game 4: “Monday is do or die for us." Allen on this year's team compared to the 2008 championship team: "I believe this team is deeper, we have guys that once you see definitely what you are playing for, everyone is zoned in and tuned in to what we are trying to accomplish.”

-- Magic coach Stan Van Gundy: "That game out there tonight, not just the score, but just the way it went, is disappointing because that's not who we are and that's not who we -- when I say 'we,' -- those guys have worked so hard to become. So how do we pick it up? I mean, I think between right now and Monday night, you know, there's going to have to be a lot of soul searching and a lot of pulling together. The easiest thing to do for anybody when things go badly is to escape. That's what we all want to do. All of you. When things are bad, you want to escape from it. That's going to be everybody's natural reaction, escape and try to escape blame as much as you can. So it gets placed somewhere else. That's everybody's. I'm not saying our guys will do that, I'm saying that's everybody's natural inclination. And it takes very mature, very mentally tough people to stand up and say no, I'm part of this and we're going to pull together. We're going to bounce back and come out and show who we are and get out here and win on Monday night. That's not an easy thing to do. It goes against everybody's human nature right now, but if we don't have that kind of toughness, then we shouldn't be here anyway."

-- Paul Pierce: "We were just playing basketball. It’s like you get into a certain zone and a certain feel for the game. At halftime, I was telling guys the game was going by so fast. I thought there was another ten minutes left in the quarter because you want to be out there and everything is going well. It just seemed like all five, fifteen guys were in the zone tonight. It was fun to watch even when I was on the sideline.”

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