On Saturday Night the Celtics lost their third consecutive playoff road game. While the C’s have been stellar at the Garden, they have had a tough time adjusting to both the Hawks’ and Cavs’ home play. The Celtics only managed to shoot 31% in the first quarter, while the Cavs stormed out of the gates shooting 65%. The Celtics never found their rhythm, playing catch-up for the rest of the game.
“We can’t just ease into these games and expect these guys to lay down, especially on their home court,” said captain Paul Pierce.
C’s coach Doc Rivers put the team through a grueling Sunday workout, hoping to get the team back into playing shape on the road. The session was punctuated by a viewing of just the first quarter of Saturday’s game.
“That was all we needed to see,” said Rivers.
Monday night’s matchup gives the Celtics another chance to play like they did during the regular season on the road. The C’s were 31-10 outside of the Garden this season, the best 2007-2008 NBA road record (including a Texas sweep). So far they have not lived up to that reputation in the playoffs.
“We all need this win on the road, man. It’s like a gorilla on our back trying to get a road win”said an emphatic Paul Pierce after Sunday’s practice session.
Despite the loss, the Celtics have continued to hold LeBron James to an average of 22 points and 22% shooting in the series.
Tip-off Monday is at 8pm, the game will be televised on TNT.