BOSTON - As the Boston Celtics look to reclaim the Eastern Conference semifinals one game at a time, the Miami Heat have more of a short term plan for themselves -- wrap things up on Wednesday in Miami.
Thats our goal, said LeBron James. Our goal is to win the next game. Our home floor, our home fans, they have been waiting for this opportunity for a long time. We are going to come out with the same game plan from the last four games and give our fans what they want to see.
After a 98-90 overtime loss on Monday in Boston, the Celtics are facing elimination in Game 5. The Heat were able to do what the Cs were unable to in Games 1 and 2 -- win on the road. Now the Celtics have no choice but to get a victory in South Beach.
We dont look at it like whether were in Miami or Boston, said Ray Allen. Weve had to win on the road in our history together. Weve had to win in some tough environments. This is no different. At the end of the day when you lace them up, its five-on-five and we have to trust in who we have out there on the floor.
As the Celtics prepare to save their season, the Heat will gear up for a hard-nosed battle.
Its not going to be easy, said Mike Bibby. Weve got to understand that theyve got a championship DNA. Theyre a championship-caliber team and theyre not just going to give it to us. Its going to be another hard-fought game and weve got to be ready for it.
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WALTHAM, Mass. – The NBA has talked with Celtics guard Kyrie Irving about disparaging comments he made to a fan at halftime that have since gone viral.
Irving said the incident happened as the Celtics were heading back to the locker room at halftime after the Celtics fell behind 50-46 to the Sixers.
“Kyrie, where’s LeBron?” yelled the fan.
Irving replied with a lewd suggestion.
After practice on Saturday, Irving acknowledged that he did say something to a fan and that he had a conversation with the league regarding the incident.
“Hell no,” Irving said. “Man enough to record it on video, that’s on him. I’m glad he got his ad name out there, and his five seconds of fame and it’s gone viral. That’s the social media platform we live on.
Irving added, “I take full responsibility for what I said. You move on.”
The league has not officially announced a fine for Irving, but it’s more a matter of when not if that will be forthcoming.
In fact, earlier today, the league fined New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins $25,000 for “inappropriate language” towards a fan in the Pelicans’ 103-91 loss at Memphis on Wednesday.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens had not seen the video in question but was aware that Irving had been in conversations with the league office regarding the incident.
“Guys know what the right thing to do is,” Stevens said. “People make mistakes; hopefully learn from them and move on. There’s a right and wrong. And if you’re in the wrong you have to own up to it and that’s that.”