Pressure mounts on both sides as Game 6 looms

Pressure mounts on both sides as Game 6 looms
June 7, 2012, 5:04 pm
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WALTHAM As you listen to talk radio or flip through sports stations on the tube, you'll hear it. If there is talk about the Eastern Conference finals, there is talk about the pressure on the Miami Heat.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers isn't buying that.

"We're trying to win, too," Rivers said. "I don't really prescribe to that theory, one team has more pressure than the other team. We want to win just like them."

Throughout this series -- throughout the playoffs really -- the C's have frequently replaced potentially pressure-packed situations with poise, which speaks to what Heat coach Erik Spoelstra used to describe the Celtics recently.

"They have championship DNA," Spoelstra said after Miami's Game 5 loss. "They have what we're trying to get."

Having spent some time as a member of the media, Rivers understands all too well why there's so much talk about the Heat and pressure.

It's a sexy story line, one that Miami made all the more juicy when they dropped Game 5 to Boston at home in what may be remembered in South Beach as "The Other Decision" -- the one in which Spoelstra opted to keep Chris Bosh on the bench for the entire fourth quarter.

Regardless of what some might believe, the pressure to win intensifies for both teams the deeper they get into the series, the closer they come to the brink of elimination -- or in the case of the Celtics, bringing home Banner 18.

"Our sense of urgency, I think, at times may be greater than theirs," Rivers said. "If not, the same. They are put under pressure maybe because of the urgency to get this right with this group. We're put under pressure because our window is closing."