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."