Give credit to the Celtics defense for holding Orlando to 40-percent shooting in the first two games of these Eastern Conference Finals. The Celtics have rightfully earned this 2-0 lead.
But let’s say the Magic have a great shooting game in spite of that defense. What if an Orlando team averaging 99 points per game in the playoffs gets hot and stays hot?
“It’s going to be tough,” said Celtics coach Rivers. “They’re going to get it going at some point. We try to prepare our guys all the time to try to win a game when the other team plays it’s best. And that means everybody: Dwight [Howard] scores, Rashard [Lewis] gets involved, they’re making threes. We have to try to find a way to win that game.”
Howard got it going in Game 2, but Lewis is 4 for 16 in the first two games of the series. The Magic set the tone for Game 1 by missing all nine three-point attempts they took in the first half. In a sense, they haven’t recovered.
Said Rivers, “That’s why each game for us has become an individual process. You try to prepare your guys to take the best hit that you can take and still try to win the game.”