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Beasley: We’ve got to make them feel old

04.23.10 at 1:35 pm ET
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MIAMI — There is no mystery as to what the Celtics can expect from the Miami Heat tonight for Game 3. These are desperate times for the Heat and the Celtics know that they will get Miami’s best shot.

If there was any wonder, however, second-year forward Michael Beasley laid it out in stark terms after this morning’s shootaround.

“We have to be more athletic, more energetic, bring the fire,” Beasley said. “Make them feel old. They’€™ve got a lot of veterans on their team and we’€™ve got a lot of young guys. We just need to run the floor and just try to tire them out.”

The Celtics are old. That’s no secret, but through the first two games they have been the aggressors in the series and that’s got nothing to do with age. They have also benefited from the first round format which has given them two days off between games.

“Yes, since we’€™re so damn old, it allows them to sit in their rocking chair,” Rivers said with a bit of sarcasm in his voice. “It does [help]. I think it sets up well for everyone, honestly. I think everyone in the first round would take this format. In the second round you do want the rhythm to go a little quicker. Game 4 [Sunday afternoon] is tough. That’€™s a regular season, quick turnaround game. That’€™s a tough one.”

That’s the sticking point for the Celtics tonight. Yes, they are in command of the series but if they can’t beat Miami in Game 3, things will get much tighter.

“I told our guys, I was honest with them, We haven’€™t done well in these situations,” Rivers said. “We really haven’€™t. Every time we played well in the regular season we’€™ve let our guard down, so we’€™ll find out our mental resolve and our toughness tonight.”

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