MIAMI — The Celtics lost in one of the most frustrating ways possible Wednesday night given the closeness of the game, a stellar performance from Rajon Rondo, and the circumstances of the series. But coach Doc Rivers stressed that the team needs to move on and be prepared to play in Game 3 Friday.
“We can’t get distracted,” said Rivers. “We cannot get distracted in this series. I guarantee right now in our locker room we’re distracted, and we have to move on.
“You don’t throw it away. You hold onto it for 24 hours, and then you move on. We’ve been really good at that.”
One thing the Celtics need to move on from is the discrepancy in fouls. The Celtics were whistled for 33 of them in Game 2 to 18 for Miami. Paul Pierce was one of three Celtics to foul out.
“Listen, LeBron James took 24 free throws tonight and our team took 29,” said Rivers. “Paul Pierce fouled out of a game when he was being aggressive and taking the ball to the basket. … There’s things we can absolutely fix. We’ll be ready for Friday.”
— Rivers said he thought his team did a good job on Dwyane Wade in the first half, but Wade finished with 23 points after a better second half. He made a couple of winning plays, including a 3-point play late driving on Kevin Garnett.
“We did a great job, we trapped him, took the ball out of his hands and make him a passer,” said Rivers. “We didn’t follow through with it in the second half.”