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Celtics-Heat Game 3 reaction

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  May 7, 2011 11:42 PM

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Assorted postgame reaction following the Celtics' 97-81 win over the Heat in Game 3:

-- Heat coach Erik Spoelstra on Kevin Garnett (28 points, 18 rebounds):

"Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. That’s what it reminds me of, he’s too proud of a player, talk about an MVP, one of the best players in this league, as soon as he stepped on the court as a rookie fourteen years ago. For the revisionist out there, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar when everyone threw dirt on him in the Final against Boston, he came out the next night and had 37 and 15. And while all this fuel was going on the last three days, I was cringing because you know this is a proud group, and you knew they would have a response which is fine. If we’re going to go where we want to go to, we have to outplay them when they are at their best."

-- Dwyane Wade on playing the Celtics:

"This is a championship team, they play with that championship DNA that they have. We can learn a lot from that effort that they put forward tonight. We understand that it wasn’t going to be easy, especially winning here."

-- Doc Rivers on Paul Pierce:

“I thought Paul Pierce set the tone, at the beginning of the game. Just the force that he was playing with. And it was what we talked about, we all talked, we’ve been talking about, is Miami has played with force. And that’s what they should do. But we haven’t. And today there was a stretch where both teams were playing with force and I was fine with that. But I thought Paul set the tone for our entire team to start the team, with the force that he played with. I thought that was a great message for the entire team.”

-- Kevin Garnett on Rajon Rondo's return:

"All of us sort of look at each other like, ‘What is he doing out here? Is he being smart right now?’ When he came in, it was just typical Rondo. Shorty is a really tough, young individual and I don’t know what he’s going to be like when he’s 35 but right now he’s playing through a lot."

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