Celtics maintain Game 6 is really Game 7
|05.12.10 at 5:04 pm ET|
WALTHAM — Following the Celtics‘ Game 5 blowout road win over the Cavaliers on Tuesday, Kevin Garnett was quick to set the tone for the team’s mentality as they prepared to head back to Boston for a potential series-clincher on Thursday.
“We cannot come back here [to Cleveland],” said Garnett in a postgame interview . “We have to think this is out Game 7 coming up and we cannot afford to have the best team in the league have a Game 4 on their floor. Just not possible.”
Forgetting for a moment the irony of Kevin Garnett telling us that something is NOT possible, the Celtics on Wednesday were quick to agree that Game 6 falls in the “must-win” category.
“That’s the way we have to have it,” said Glen Davis following practice on Wednesday. “We got to look at it – Game 7. This is the last game. We gotta finish it, gotta close it out. He [Garnett] is right. We have to make sure that we go into the game like it’s our last.”
Kendrick Perkins — already no stranger to a Game 7 in his still-young career — wants no part of a winner take all battle in Cleveland, particulary when the Celtics have a chance to take care of business at home.
“Yeah it is,” said Perkins when asked if he agreed with Garnett’s thoughts. “It’s like our Game 7 coming up. We don’t want to back to Cleveland so we just have to come out with the right focus, right mindset.”
Davis is of course aware that the Celtics have already won a pair of games in Cleveland during this series, so winning a Game 7 (the real Game 7, not the Game 6 as Game 7, just to be clear) isn’t an impossible task. Still, the forward isn’t interested in tempting fate.
“It [Game 6] is the biggest game of the series,” said Davis. “Close game. Also, people don’t realize how much we have on our backs. If we lose this game at home, we have to go back to Cleveland. We know we can win there, but at the time, that’s their house, their environment, they play there more than we do. It’s a tough situation. We have to win this game.”
Doc Rivers is on board. The head coach was quick to remind the media on Wednesday that while the Celtics are one win away from moving on to the Eastern Conference Finals, the last victory will be the toughest.
“We have one home game left in this series,” Rivers noted. “We haven’t done anything. And we’ve made that clear. And you know that you are going to get Cleveland’s best shot.”
And you are going to get LeBron James‘ best shot as well. Rivers expects the two-time MVP to bounce back in Game 6.
“LeBron is going to play an amazing game and we’re going to have to be able to absorb that and still win the game.” Rivers said.