Garnett: Celtics played 'desperation basketball'

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Garnett: Celtics played 'desperation basketball'

BOSTON -- The Boston Celtics left Miami on Wednesday down 0-2 to the Heat, facing a must-win Game 3 at home 48 hours later.

The overtime loss was disheartening, but Ray Allen looked at it in a positive perspective.

I think at this point all of our losses are an opportunity, Ray Allen told CSNNE.com prior to Game 3. It kind of galvanizes us and you start thinking about the things that you could do better, the things that we need to do better. It's unfortunate when you lose but you always have to figure out how to get better.

On Friday, the Celtics took note of their mistakes and bounced back with a 101-91 win at the TD Garden to cut the Heats series lead, 2-1.

Desperation game, to be honest, said Kevin Garnett (24 points, 11 rebounds). And we played like it, too. You dont want to be down 3-0 to a team like this. Very, very good team, very talented team, well-coached team. I feel like we played desperation basketball.

In spite of building a 24-point lead, the Heat cut the deficit to eight with less than three minutes to go. But unlike previous games, the Celtics were able to buckle down and maintain their lead. Running on a combination of tired legs and adrenaline, they responded with buckets of their own to hold on to a critical victory.

Everybody knows weve been able to bounce back, said Paul Pierce (23 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists). We know were capable. Weve got to take it one game at a time. Were a team, were not going to lose confidence being down 2-0. We dont look at the statistics, we dont look at the records. Records are made to be broken. Usually they saying being down 2-0, what happens, but we dont believe in any of that stuff. Were just going to take it one game at a time, hopefully hold down our home court in Game 4, and see what happens when we come back from Miami.

The Celtics and Heat will play Game 4 on Sunday night in Boston.

Bradley could miss 'a little more time' with Achilles injury

Bradley could miss 'a little more time' with Achilles injury

BOSTON – Wednesday’s 117-106 loss to the New York Knicks was the fifth time in the last six games that Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley was out because of a right Achilles injury.

Well, it appears the 6-foot-2 guard may miss a few more with this injury.

“I can see him missing a little more time,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said following Wednesday’s loss. “I just think maybe he came back a little bit too early, whatever the case may be.”

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Bradley was expected to play against the Knicks, but was a last-minute scratch.

Celtics big man Al Horford said he didn’t find out Bradley was out until the team was on the floor doing pre-game warmups and he didn’t see him.

“He was really sore,” Stevens said of Bradley. “Went through our walk-through and then came on to the court and did some stuff and was more sore today than he has been. I think he did treatment the whole game.”

This latest setback for Bradley is part of a growing narrative that has dogged him throughout his career which has included him missing games to injury in each of his six-plus NBA seasons.

Bradley came into this season once again hoping to be as injury-free as possible, only to see that dream dashed with this right Achilles strain he's suffering with currently.

Still, there’s no downplaying the significance and value the Celtics have in the 26-year-old. This season, he is second on the Celtics in scoring at 17.7 points per game and leads them in rebounds with 6.9 per game with both being career highs. In addition, he averages just under 35 minutes per game which is also tops on the team.

Marcus Smart has been Stevens’ choice to replace Bradley in the starting lineup when Bradley has been unavailable, and that’s not likely to change between now and Saturday’s home game against the Portland Trail Blazers.