Celtics prepare for Game 2 of East finals vs. Miami Heat
MIAMI (WHDH) -- The Celtics are looking to get back on track after a disappointing Game 1 loss to the Miami Heat.
Doc Rivers is trying to balance Ray Allen’s potential value with the reality of his health. But like the C’s as a whole, Ray Allen is focused on getting things right in Game 2 Wednesday night.
An empty area, a basketball, and a swish. It’s a routine for Ray Allen, but with an ankle injury and his one for seven shooting performance in Game 1, Allen took the court Wednesday morning for some extra work before the team bus even arrived for a shoot around.
“I feel at home sitting on the floor. I’m able to think, I’m not rushed, I’m just taking my time and I can work through it,” Allen said.
“He’s going to do everything it requires and he’s going to give himself a chance to, and you know that. Ray is a tough, determined individual,” Celtics Head Coach Doc Rivers said.
The same can be said for the Celtics team. Allen’s extra effort is an indication of a team looking forward to the challenge of evening the series.
“We see what we didn’t do…I think all day in the playoffs you understand what you need to do to be better,” Allen said.
The Celtics, a veteran team, knows they can be better and they’re not letting the rollercoaster of the playoffs get to them in any situation.
“When I first came to the NBA it was always reminiscent of what Magic Johnson did his rookie year when he got so excited after they won one game. He had a great game, but they won one game and Kareem was like, “Fella, calm down,” you know, that veteran approach because the high is never high enough and the lows are too low, so when you feel like you’re not good enough and you haven’t done your job, you just know where to go. You got to go and put some work in,” Allen said.