Celtics still looking to right some wrongs heading into Game 3

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Celtics still looking to right some wrongs heading into Game 3

BOSTON For the past 48 hours, the Boston Celtics have been hearing about how well they played in their 115-111 overtime loss on Wednesday.

C's coach Doc Rivers didn't need to see the video to know that while there was plenty to be pleased with in his team's play, there was significant area for improvement - especially defensively.

"We can play better. That was the message to our guys today," Rivers said. "We made a ton of mistakes defensively, transition. We have not given our best shot yet."

They certainly hope to tonight in what is indeed a must-win game for the Celtics.

Miami understands all too well that tonight's game will be the most challenging of the series for them.

"You always know the margin of error is small on the road," Heat guard James Jones told CSNNE.com. "The crowd brings an enormous amount of energy. And against a team like this, they can really make you pay if you're not careful."

More than anything, Jones said, playing on the road challenges your ability to lock in mentally to the task at hand.

"When you're on the road and you got 20,000 screaming fans," Jones said, "hoping you miss every shot, if you start listening to the crowd, you'll find yourself playing at a faster pace or playing out of your comfort zone."

Being home for the playoffs has been a good thing for the Celtics who come in with a 6-1 playoff record at home.

"We're looking forward to being home, playing in front of our fans," C's Keyon Dooling said after the C's Game 2 loss on Wednesday. "We still have to play well, obviously, but being in front of our fans will give us a lift - a huge lift- for sure."

Report: Paul Pierce '50-50' about retirement after Clippers' exit

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Report: Paul Pierce '50-50' about retirement after Clippers' exit

After the Clippers were elminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night, a disappointed Paul Pierce told ESPN that he was "50-50" about retirement. 

In a video after Portland's Game 6 victory posted on oregonlive.com, the former Celtics captain said his "heart is broken" by another playoff elimination. 

Pierce signed a a three-year, $10 million contract to return home (he grew up in Inglewood, Calif.) and play for his old coach Doc Rivers in Los Angeles.  He'll be 39 next season and coming off the worst season of his career. Pierce averaged 6.1 points, 36 percent shooting and 18 minutes a game, all career lows.

How does Isaiah Thomas improve? Eating right is one step

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How does Isaiah Thomas improve? Eating right is one step

WALTHAM, Mass. -- This past season, Isaiah Thomas took a major step forward to becoming more than just a solid NBA player, but one of the game’s best.
 
He knows he won’t stay among the elite for long if he doesn’t make some changes with the most notable being to his diet.
 
“I do not eat good,” Thomas acknowledged following his exit interview this week. “I eat like a young guy, a young guy who got a little bit of money, fast food every day. But I’m definitely going to change.”
 
The change becomes necessary not only in light of how the season ended for him and the Celtics, but also for his long-term goals, which include playing in the NBA until he’s at least 40 years old.
 
“I’m not that old but the greatest players took care of their bodies the best,” Thomas said.
 
Among those cited by Thomas who excelled at taking care of their bodies was former Celtic Ray Allen.
 
But Thomas was quick to add that he won’t go to the lengths that Allen did in maintaining good health.
 
“Because he’s a little crazy with that,” quipped Thomas. “I just want to play at a high level for a long time, like Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant. You have to take care of your body. That’s half the battle of performing out there on the floor.
 
Thomas added, “This is a big summer for me to start doing that.”
 
Eating right is just part of the transformation process for Thomas.
 
He’ll also modify is offseason workouts to include some work in the boxing ring with long time friend Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
 
“I’m definitely work with him a few times, get my conditioning right, probably train, do some boxing stuff on the side, just to get in that type of shape,” Thomas said. “You get in that type of shape you won’t get tired on the basketball floor. This summer is big for me, transforming my body, getting into the best shape possible and coming back and having another all-star year.”
 
For the Celtics to improve upon this past season, they will need Thomas to continue elevating his play as well as the play of those around him.
 
It is that latter point that was among the many reasons Boston’s season is over. No matter what he did, those around him could not step their game up to a level needed in order to get past the Atlanta Hawks.
 
Chalk it up to another lesson learned for Thomas.
 
“You can’t do it on your own,” Thomas said. “There’s no way you can do it on your own. Nobody can do it on your own; and how hard it is to win playoff games, a playoff series. It’s not easy.”
 
And when you come up short, for Thomas is created an uneasiness that he never wants to experience again.
 
“I’m going to do whatever it takes to not have this feeling again,” he said. “It really hurt me. I’m going to use that as motivation to continue to get better and to work on my flaws and make those into my strengths. I promise you’ll I’ll be back better than ever next year.”