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