BOSTON -- Prior to the Boston Red Sox game against the Washington Nationals on Saturday, there was chatter in the clubhouse about Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat later that night.
Many of the Red Sox are Cs fans and plan on watching the deciding battle following their afternoon game at Fenway Park.
When they play great defense, they win, said Kevin Youkilis. So if they play great defense tonight, I think they'll win the game. They've just got to shut them down early and try to get on top. Kevin Garnett is they key to their defense, for sure.
After LeBron James scored 45 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the Heats Game 6 win on Thursday, David Ortiz believes limiting him is the key to Game 7.
Stop LeBron, he said. It sounds easy, but it's not easy.
Youkilis anticipates Garnett will emerge as the star of the game, while Ortiz is leaning toward Rajon Rondo. Garnett is averaging 20.0 points and 9.8 rebounds in the Eastern Conference Finals; Rondo is posting 20.7 points, 10.8 assists, and 6.3 boards.
Rondo is going to make better passes today and he's going to keep the line moving, Ortiz projected.
Both agree the Celtics have the experience and talent to put their Game 6 loss behind them and take care of business in Game 7.
Game 7, you don't worry about any of those other games, said Youkilis. You've just got to go out and play the game that you have to play that day. They've been there before.
Ortiz also offered an encouraging message to his fellow Boston athletes in Miami.
Bring that W home, he said. We'll be watching."