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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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Vertical's Bobby Marks: Celtics a 'wild card' in Durant chase

Vertical's Bobby Marks: Celtics a 'wild card' in Durant chase

Many people think Kevin Durant-to-the-Celtics is a pipe dream.

But Bobby Marks of The Vertical isn't one of them.

Appearing on CBS Sports Radio's Gio and Jones Show, Marks said Durant's decision on where to play next year will be based on "a lot of different things. Does he go the one-year route that a lot of us think might be in play to get his years of service up to 10 and then next year he can really cash out? Can you win a championship going forward? I think that eliminates more than a handful of teams here, and then there’s also that stability factor and just how challenging it’s going to be for them to fit him in (from) a cap standpoint.

"Most of these teams that he will meet with will have to really gut a little bit of their roster outside of Oklahoma City and Boston.”

Boston?

“Boston is kind of a wild card here,” Marks said. “They’re in the East, so you don’t have to bang your head against San Antonio, Golden State, Portland, the Clippers. Yes, you would have the NBA champs in your back yard with Cleveland, but basically you would really just have them and Toronto.

"And Boston’s got a lot of ways to improve in the future (with all of of their draft picks). Durant could walk into the Celtics meeting room and say, ‘Hey, I want to play with Al Horford,’ and they’ll be able to create room to do so. That’s why I kind of put Boston up there along with Oklahoma City.”