Wednesday’s practice notes

Assorted notes and quotes from Celtics and Lakers media availability on the offday between Games 3 and 4 of the NBA Finals:

— Celtics coach Doc Rivers on what Derek Fisher does well in guarding Ray Allen:

“Derek? What, besides flopping, he doesn’t do a lot extra. He plays hard. He’s been in the game long enough to understand. I thought he got away with a lot last night. I thought there was a lot of holding going on and a lot of flopping going on, and finally he showed that last one. But he’s good at it, he’s always been good at it. We knew that going into the series. He’s one of the best charge-takers in the game. He’s always been that. And some of them are charges and then some of them are flops, but all of them are tough to call. It is a brutal call to make, it really is a tough one.”

— Paul Pierce on Ron Artest’s defense:

“I don’t really see anything he’s doing special that any other teams haven’t done throughout the course of the playoffs. That’s it.”

— It must be fun to cover Ron Artest. The Lakers forward had fun with the media during his practice-day media session, at one point going back and forth with a reporter on what she wanted him to do in Game 4:

“I don’t know what people want from me sometimes. What do you want from me, 20 points? I want to win. That’s it. I think last night I played great. I always think I play great, even in Game 2 when some people were probably saying I had a bad game. I had a good game. I thought I played great.”

— Kevin Garnett on the Big Three failing to put together a complete game:

“If you look at our series, I don’t think there’s been a point where all three of us have had huge games. If not one of us, something is going on. There’s always a dilemma with one of us. There’s never been a situation where it’s been multiple. But from a sense of frustration, yeah, it is. We’ve just got to continue to grind and continue to do things and continue it work hard.”

— Kendrick Perkins on the chances Ray Allen goes 0-for-13 again tomorrow night:

“Yeah, he will not do that. I’m pretty sure he’ll have a pretty good game tomorrow. But it happens to everybody. We just keep telling Ray to keep shooting the ball. I know he’s going to get shots in today and he’ll be ready for tomorrow.”


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