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Lakers fans gone mad

06.06.10 at 8:00 pm ET
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LOS ANGELES — WEEI talks to a collection of very confident Lakers fans outside Staples Center prior to Game 2 of the NBA finals.

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Rivers delivers critical last remarks to Celtics

06.06.10 at 7:54 pm ET
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LOS ANGELES — Doc Rivers‘ parting words to the Celtics during their team meeting on Sunday were simple but critical.

“He said rebounding is the key,” Kendrick Perkins told WEEI.com prior to Game 2 of the NBA finals. “Those were his last remarks, that rebounding was the key.”

The Celtics were outrebounded 42-31 by the Lakers in their Game 1 loss. Not only did they lack aggressiveness on the glass, they let the Lakers drive the lane and get into the paint with ease.

Neither can happen in Game 2 if they want to go back to Boston with a win.

“I think we’ve got to control dribble penetration,” said Perkins. “All five guys have got to attack the basket and we’ll be alright.”

Daniels active for Game 2

06.06.10 at 7:44 pm ET
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LOS ANGELES — Marquis Daniels will be active for Game 2 of the NBA finals. He has not played since suffering a concussion in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

“I’m just going to go out there and play head first, go hard,” he said prior to the game.

Daniels participated in his first full practice since the injury on Saturday. He was not limited in contact and ran into Kendrick Perkins on a few pick-and-rolls.

Daniels hopes to bring energy off the bench and will not let the memories of the concussion hold him back. He said he would “go out there and get nasty and dirty” if he name is called.

As for any lingering side effects, Daniels has not experienced any so far. But he is prepared just in case. He took a note from Glen Davis, who battled through noise sensitivity after suffering a concussion, and has a pair of yellow ear plugs on hand in his locker.

Jackson: It’s going to be highly charged

06.06.10 at 7:42 pm ET
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LOS ANGELES — The Lakers took Game 1 of the NBA finals in such a decisive manner that it would be tempting for them to think that they have things figured out against the Celtics. However, they have no illusions that Game 2 is going to resemble Game 1.

“It may have been first-game jitters,” Ron Artest said Friday. “We’re not expecting another game like that at all. They had a tough road in the East and faced a lot of adversity. That team, the Celtics, is special. We all respect that.”

Phil Jackson reiterated that point Sunday before Game 2.

“The response is usually, not always but usually, the team that has taken a loss,” Jackson said. “The adjustments and the response and we anticipate that’s going to happen tonight. It’s going to be a much more tight game, I think, going down the stretch. We anticipate the game is going to be highly-charged, there’s no doubt about that.”

For their part, the atmosphere in the Celtics locker room was business-like. Assistant coach Tom Thibodeau was spotted poring over film, while players mostly brushed off media inquiries.

In terms of adjustments, the Celtics aren’t tipping their hand although it seems likely that Paul Pierce may see more time on Kobe Bryant, particularly if Ray Allen gets in foul trouble again. Marquis Daniels is also on the active list and if nothing else he’s another body to throw at Bryant.

“We do what we do,” Doc Rivers said. “We didn’t do it. You can’t start changing because that’s not who you are and that would affect your team more than anything.”

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Ainge on The Big Show: ‘That was not our team’ in Game 1

06.05.10 at 11:04 pm ET
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Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge joined The Big Show Friday afternoon to discuss the Celtics’ tough loss to the Lakers in Game 1 of the NBA finals, why he doesn’t believe they were out-hustled, and the future for assistant coach Tom Thibodeau.

“There was no rhythm in the game, there was a lot of fouls being called. ‘€¦ I’m not making excuses, I just felt that our guy’s were ready to play, and played hard,” Ainge said about the way the team played in Game 1.

“[In Game 1] we really didn’t get a good performance out of anybody,” he continued. “Hopefully that will change.”

A lot of talk has been about the hustle in Game 1, did it seem like Lakers out-hustled the Celtics?

No i think that maybe some of the fouls early in the game took a little bit of that away, I know our guys were ready to play. A lot of times the team you’re playing does that to you. I thought, not so much effort, as much as tentative. We were in between on some of our defensive things, we weren’t quite on the ball. ‘€¦ We were kind of in no man’s land so many times where we didn’t contest a shot or left the basket open. It looked like there was more indecisiveness, I thought that the natural, just effort. There was no rhythm in the game, there was a lot of fouls being called. ‘€¦ I’m not making excuses, I just felt that our guys were ready to play, and played hard. I think [Rajon] Rondo got hurt half way through the game and kind of re-injured his back a little bit.

There is no way the Celtics can win when getting less second-chance opportunities.

Well I think there’s two things on that. I think 16 second-chance points is not good, and zero is really bad. I mean a lot of that is not effort, it’s just we’re not finding ourselves in those positions, or we’re taking shots too quick, as we were climbing the hill there coming from behind. You know we were taking quick shots and not even ready for offensive rebounds, I mean there are so many factors, more than just effort. But I believe rebounding is crucial for us, and has been for us the last three years. When we rebound the ball, and defensive team’s aren’t getting those second-chance points, that’s when we play our best. It gives us a chance to get out in the open court. If it’s going to be a halfcourt game on both ends, then that’s not our strength.

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Video: Celtics Saturday practice

06.05.10 at 8:55 pm ET
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Doc Rivers and Celtics players speak to the media prior to their practice session Saturday at the Lakers practice facility in El Segundo. This was the last practice the Celtics will have leading up to Game 2.

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Perkins won’t hold back again

06.05.10 at 8:44 pm ET
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EL SEGUNDO — Kendrick Perkins admitted he let his technical foul trouble hold him back in Game 1 of the NBA finals. But he promises he won’€™t let it happen again.

‘€œLast game in a way I was [holding back],’€ he said prior to practice on Saturday. ‘€œBut this game coming up, I’€™m just going to be myself. We’€™ve got to get this win, so whatever it takes.’€

Perkins entered the NBA finals with six technical fouls, one shy of an automatic one-game suspension. Putting the potential consequence out of his mind is easier said than done. He scaled back his aggressiveness and didn’€™t go as hard on defense as he would have liked.

‘€œJust a few times where I probably would have went in there and mixed it up a little bit, just got tangled up with guys, I didn’t,’€ he said. ‘€œI was like, ‘€˜I can’€™t do it.’€™ Or a time a guy was holding me is a time I might have locked up with him just because. But there are times when you want to get in there and mix it up, go in there and bang a little bit, but you’€™ve just got to pick and choose.’€

After the Lakers dominated the boards and got inside the lane with ease, Perkins knows he has to play differently in Game 2. He looks to find a balance between smart basketball and physical basketball.

Besides, Doc Rivers has made it clear what can happen if Perkins continues to hold back.

‘€œWhat didn’€™t he say?’€ said Perkins. ‘€œHe said everything, that we need to play harder, that this isn’€™t the team that played the last game against Orlando, it’€™s night and day. He said we need to come out and attack or we’€™d be getting sent home early, so we’€™ve got to come out and play hard.’€

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