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Celtics, Heat playing with desperation

04.27.10 at 6:59 pm ET

It doesn’t matter which team has the 3-1 edge in the series — both the Celtics and Heat are playing with desperation.

The obvious desperation lies in the Heat locker room. Facing elimination, the team is not getting ahead of themselves and looking forward to a series swing. They are zoned in on a necessary win.

‘€œOh no, without a doubt this is a must win,’€ Quentin Richardson said. ‘€œThat’€™s the just reality of it. You win or you go home. Everyone knows that it’€™s a must win for us. But at the same time, that’€™s not putting any added pressure on us. That’€™s the situation. You go out and you play, and you play the game as hard as you can and you leave everything out there. ‘€œ

Even though the Celtics season is not on the line tonight, they are playing with the same sense of urgency as the Heat. They want to send the Heat home to Miami, not join them there for a Game 6.

‘€œWe want to finish. It’€™s all about finishing,’€ said Glen Davis. ‘€œWe have an opportunity to finish and we’€™ve got to go out there and take it. They’€™re not going to give it to us. It’€™s not going to be handed to us. They’€™re not going to just lay down, we already know that.’€

Both teams stressed the importance of jumping out first. Richardson said it is ‘€œkind of tricky’€ for a team to impose their will on the road and noted the Heat will have to battle against the energy from the Celtics home crowd. Davis said the Celtics have to attack from the jumpball and play 48 minutes of hard basketball.

Whether they are up 3-1 or down 1-3, the Celtics and the Heat view Game 5 the same way.

‘€œI think playoffs are about playing with desperation and urgency,’€œ said Ray Allen. ‘€œYou turn every switch you can in the playoffs to get a win, so I would expect both teams.’€

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