Rivers lays out three keys to victory in Game 2

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Rivers lays out three keys to victory in Game 2

By Rich Levine
CSNNE.com

MIAMI Doc Rivers just met with the media before Game 2, and here are a few highlights:

First things first, as A. Sherrod Blakely reported this afternoon, Shaquille ONeal wont make his return to the court tonight.

No, Rivers said when asked about the big mans availability. Hes out. Hes out.

Rivers was also asked about what his team must do on Tuesday that they didnt on Sunday, and the coach laid out three keys.

It would be nice to run our game plan, then at least wed know whether what were doing is right or wrong, he said. You got to run them off threes. You cant turn the ball over and then we just have to move the ball offensively. Those would be the three things.

Everything else, we were pretty happy with. You know Dwyane and LeBron are capable of having big games. We knew that going into the series. Theyre capable of doing that tonight, too. But you can still win games when that happens.

He also touched on Miamis defense, especially their speed and, in turn, recovery time.

Theyre a terrific defensive team, Rivers said. Their closing speed is what impressed me. Its amazing how quickly they can recover. Even out of a bad spot sometimes.

The game tips off at 7 p.m.

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Tyronn Lue says Celtics harder to defend than Warriors: 'They're running all kinds of s---'

Tyronn Lue says Celtics harder to defend than Warriors: 'They're running all kinds of s---'

The Golden State Warriors are the least of Tyronn Lue's worries, Cleveland Cavaliers coach explained Tuesday.

Even though Lue and the Cavs are up 3-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals, he is apparently overwhelmed with the Boston Celtics to the point where he isn't even thinking about Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and the 67-win Warriors.

"We're just focused on Boston," Lue said of the Warriors following the Cavs' Game 4 win, via ESPN.com. "The stuff they're running, it's harder to defend than Golden State's [offense] for me, as far as the actions and all the running around and all the guys who are making all the plays, so it's a totally different thing."

No, seriously.

"Like, they hit the post, Golden State runs splits and all that stuff, but these guys are running all kinds of s---," Lue said of Boston coach Brad Stevens' schemes. "I'll be like, 'F---.' They're running all kinds of s---, man. And Brad's got them moving and cutting and playing with pace, and everybody is a threat. It's tough, you know, it's tough."

Without Isaiah Thomas, the Celtics finished Game 4 with four players who had 15 points or more. They also had six players who scored double digits in Boston's Game 3 win. Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart, Kelly Olynyk, Jae Crowder and Al Horford have made heavy offensive contributions. And they not just scoring. The Celtics are working hard off the ball by setting screens and cutting to the hoop to pressure the Cavaliers defense.

The Celtics may not have the Warriors' star power -- but Stevens and Boston are still managing to leave Lue in a state of clear befuddlement after a win.

LeBron James praised Stevens more directly when discussing how the Celtics "run different things" after losing Thomas to injury.

"So they had to kind of reshape, and that’s the beauty of having Brad Stevens as your coach," James told reporters. "You’re able to reshape what you do offensively and still be in a good rhythm. It’s been challenging for us to kind of — plays out of time-out, kind of been killing us on ATOs and keeping us off balance, but in the second half we kind of got a little bit of rhythm, and think we’ll be better in Game 5."