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Celtics shootaround notes for Game 3: Extra time for KG and Ray
Posted By Mike Petraglia On June 1, 2012 @ 1:08 pm In General | 16 Comments
Not that they are expected to carry the team but Daniels knows more will be expected in Game 3 at the Garden. And it’s not necessarily the scoring but the energy level off the bench that has to be there. Daniels, Keyon Dooling  and Mickael Pietrus  are among those who could be vital in assuring Rajon Rondo  doesn’t have to play the entire game like he did in Game 2.
“We just have to do what’s needed,” Daniels said at Friday morning’s shootaround. “Rondo obviously had a great game last game. If those guys [starters] continue to play well, we basically have to come in and do what we usually do, get some stops here and there, play good defense and knock down open shots.
“A little more here and there, and we’ll be OK.”
Pietrus led the bench in minutes with 28 on Wednesday, while Dooling added 15. Greg Stiemsma  played just five minutes after picking up four quick fouls and Ryan Hollins , Daniels, Sasha Pavlovic  and E’Twaun Moore  all played under two minutes.
Daniels said the team’s focus is right where it needs to be, down 0-2 in the series to the heavily-favored Heat.
“We’re focused,” he said. “We’re going to go out and do what we need to do. We looked at film and got prepared so I think we’ll be ready.”
The focus was evident among most of the Celtics, who left after the shootaround to get their rest. However, Ray Allen  stayed behind to work with assistants Ty Lue and Michael Longabardi while Kevin Garnett  worked with assistant Jamie Young on mid-range and 3-point shooting, along with free throws.
Normally, both Allen and Garnett leave immediately after the shootaround, which focuses on half-court sets. Friday morning was different.
All Celtics were accounted for and present at Friday’s shootaround.
The Celtics will also look to take advantage of home court, where they’re 6-1 in the playoffs so far.
“It’s going to help a lot,” Daniels said. “Our crowd is going to be into it. It’s going to be a lot more intense. We’re going to come out focused and ready to play.
“Just stay consistent, come out and keep giving the energy where it’s needed, keep giving those guys their breaks and make sure we don’t fall off anywhere,” Daniels said. “We’re a veteran ball club so we don’t let too much get to us. You hate losing, obviously, but we’re going to come in focused and hopefully, we can get this one.”
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 Keyon Dooling: http://media.weei.com/basketball/keyon-dooling.htm
 Mickael Pietrus: http://media.weei.com/basketball/mickael-pietrus.htm
 Rajon Rondo: http://media.weei.com/basketball/rajon-rondo.htm
 Greg Stiemsma: http://media.weei.com/basketball/greg-stiemsma.htm
 Ryan Hollins: http://media.weei.com/basketball/ryan-hollins.htm
 Sasha Pavlovic: http://media.weei.com/basketball/aleksandar-pavlovic.htm
 E’Twaun Moore: http://media.weei.com/basketball/etwaun-moore.htm
 Ray Allen: http://media.weei.com/basketball/ray-allen-celtics.htm
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