May 3, 2013

Boston Celtics' renewed confidence recalls '04 Sox surge

Doc Rivers and Co. think they too can overcome a 3-0 deficit against a New York team.

The Associated Press

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Boston Celtics forward Brandon Bass, Celtics center Kevin Garnett (5) and Celtics guard Jason Terry (4) react to a play in Game 5 of the first-round playoff series against the Knicks. The Celtics went on to idefeat the Knicks 92-86.

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Kevin Garnett
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Kevin Garnett didn’t call it quits when the Celtics were down 3-0, and he has to like his team’s chances with the gap cut to 3-2.

The Associated Press

New York then broke out the black for Wednesday's game, showing a lack of humility for a franchise that hasn't won a series since 2000.

"This game has shown the immaturity of the Knicks team -- the inexperience, maybe, in this situation. The playoffs are always a process and you have to learn as you go. They have learned something here," TNT analyst Steve Kerr said, according to a transcript of the broadcast.

"You have to approach things in the playoffs in a very professional manner. You had the elbow from J.R. Smith that led to the suspension; a lot of trash talking the last couple of days; the shenanigans with wearing black. This is about executing and playing as a team and playing hard, and this is part of the process."

Center Tyson Chandler said the Knicks understood Woodson's message but didn't regret wearing black, saying his Dallas Mavericks 2011 championship team that included current teammate Jason Kidd and Terry did the same.

"We did that every single time we had a closeout game in Dallas. There was nothing to look back on. It just reminds you of what you're trying to accomplish," Chandler said. "It's nothing against the Celtics, it's something we were doing as a team. It wasn't meant to offend anybody or anything like that, it was meant to motivate the guys in the locker room."

It may have motivated the Celtics, so Woodson, who said he wasn't aware of the players' dress code until Thursday morning, wants his team bringing the right mentality to Boston.

"I've addressed that with our players and that's enough," he said. "Again, the game is played on the floor and that's where it should be played."

 

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