Despite injuries, Celtics look to win Game 2 with improved D

Despite injuries, Celtics look to win Game 2 with improved D
May 14, 2012, 10:56 pm
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BOSTON Doc Rivers will have his full roster available to play in tonight's Game 2 matchup against Philadelphia. But by no means does that mean the Celtics are any healthier.

With so many bodies hurting, the Celtics find themselves once again trying to find ways to win with a bunch of dinged up parts.

"Just the playoffs in general, has been a challenge because of the off the court; just the juggling of the bodies," said C's coach Doc Rivers. "And it's what it should be sometimes. The playoffs should be hard, they should be a grind."

Philadelphia. Oklahoma City. Miami.

Pick a team, any team that's still in the playoffs and there's a good chance that one of their key players is battling some type of painful injury.

"The good news or bad news, is it's for everybody," Rivers said. "Everybody is going through stuff. That's what makes it so tough."

And for Boston, the challenge now is pretty clear: find a way to win Game 2.

The Celtics' fourth-quarter comeback certain has the potential to deliver a huge dent to the Sixers' confidence.

But the C's can't count on that.

If anything, the Sixers will be even more confident considering they spent the bulk of Game 1 with playing with a lead.

There were a number of areas the Celtics would like to improve, notably their defense against the Sixers' transition offense.

Although the final statistics showed Boston giving up 13 points in transition, Rivers said his coaching staff reviewed the video and came up with Philadelphia generating 26 points in transition.

Rivers said he was also disturbed by the unusually high number of open shots the Sixers were able to get in the first quarter.

"They had eight uncontested jump shots in the first quarter," Rivers said. "We can't start off games that way. One thing Philly does, and it sounds silly, but they make open shots; they really do. We have to contest shots. We have to get back on defense."