Thursday, April 24, 2014
By HOWARD ULMAN The Associated Press
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Celtics forward Kevin Garnett still finds a way to tower over his opponents, especially the Los Angeles Lakers, despite the season-ending loss of two valuable teammates.
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"Everybody's relaxed out there and we're just having fun moving the ball around," Bradley said. "It's simple basketball. We almost feel like we're playing summer ball. Everybody's just passing it. If you don't have anything, pass it. That's just how we play and it's hard to beat a team like that."
Rivers didn't have much choice. He knew he had to pick up the offensive pace.
"I like our vibe and our spirit and we're playing selfless and free," he said. "We're not, honestly, good enough ballhandlers to play halfcourt. We just can't. We can't get stuck in that because we don't have one guy that is good enough with the ball to be able to orchestrate our offense."
The defense also has been outstanding.
"You make (the opponent) use 20 seconds every time down defensively and, even if your offense goes stale, you can still win the game," Rivers said.
Even without Rondo.
"Everybody's touching the ball and playing with a lot of confidence," said Garnett, who became the 16th player in NBA history to score 25,000 points on Thursday. "We are playing together on both ends and that's important right now."
There was a temporary slipup in Wednesday night's 99-95 win at Toronto when the Celtics slowed the pace and trailed by 10 points in the fourth quarter.
"You could hear them talking about it throughout the game. 'This is not us. This is not us,"' Rivers said, "and then when we finally got the pace, you could hear them, 'This is who we are.' "