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Rivers: It was a defensive game

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  May 16, 2010 06:33 PM

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Assorted quotes from Celtics coach Doc Rivers:

"It was a defensive game. We like those."

-- On guarding Dwight Howard

"Kendrick, Rasheed, and Baby. I thought all three of them -- we are leaving them on an island [with Dwight Howard], so that's very difficult. Rasheed was phenomenal defensively tonight, and he's been good in the playoffs for us. That's what we wanted when we signed him."

-- On his team's defensive improvement during the playoffs:

"It's tough to work on your defense when you don't ave a lot of practice, and it's tough to work on your defense when you only have eight guys to practice. Everybody's healthy, everybody's focused... We had it in us."

-- On whether or not it's good that the Celtics poked a hole in the Magic's "aura of invincibility":

"It can't hurt us, but it might help them too. I know us, if we had won that many in a row -- anybody who covered our team -- we haven't handled that well at all."
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