2009-10 Boston Celtics @ Cleveland Cavs – Game#1 (Part 4)


FOUL SHAQ. THE FREE-THROW SHOOTING IN THIS FOURTH QUARTER HAS BEEN SOMETHING TO SEE, JUST BECAUSE OF THE DISPARITY. BOSTON HAS TAKEN ONE FREE THROW AND HIT IT. CLEVELAND HAS TAKEN 14 FREE THROWS AND HIT 11.>>Doug: SHAQ MISSED TWO, LeBRON MISSED ONE. SO 11 OF 14. LET’S SEE IF THEY CAN FREE LeBRON UP HERE. LOOKS LIKE HE’S GOING TO BE GUARDED BY MARQUIS DANIELS.>>Kevin: DANIELS COMES IN FOR PIERCE. THROUGH THE HANDS OF PARKER. ONE OF THE NEW STARTERS. STARTS AT THE TWO GUARD FOR THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS. THE CAVALIERS, DOUG, HAVE GONE FOUR MINUTES WITHOUT GETTING ANY POINTS FROM THE FLOOR. TIME-OUT AT 53.4 TO PLAY. CLEVELAND HAS 14 TURNOVERS FOR THE GAME AND FIVE IN THE>>Kevin: TWO HOURS AGO, DOUG, YOU UNVEILED THE KEYS FOR THIS GAME.>>Doug: CLEVELAND GOT OFF TO A GREAT START. BOSTON ON THEIR HEELS TURNING BALL OVER. THAT WAS TURNED AROUND IN THE SECOND QUARTER WHEN THEY HIT FIVE THREES AND WENT UP AT HALFTIME. SHAQ HAS HAD A NICE NIGHT TONIGHT, TEN POINTS, TEN REBOUNDS. RASHEED 12 POINTS, STRETCHING THAT DEFENSE, 3 OF 6 FROM THE THREE-POINT LINE. THE STORY, DID A NICE JOB DEFENDING THE THREE. LAST YEAR CLEVELAND MADE EIGHT THREES A GAME. TONIGHT ONLY FIVE. PLUS 12 POINTS THERE FROM BEHIND THE THREE-POINT LINE. UNLESS SOMETHING DRAMATIC HAPPENS HERE, IT’S GOING TO BE A TRIUMPHANT RETURN FOR KEVIN GARNETT AS HE PLAYS HIS FIRST GAME SINCE HE INJURED THAT KNEE AND MISSED ABOUT SIX MONTHS.>>Kevin: PIERCE HAS COME IN FOR DANIELS. SHOT CLOCK DOWN TO TEN. THEY’VE GOT JAMARIO MOON IN THE GAME NOW. HE’S COME IN FOR SHAQ. VAREJAO ON THE SWITCH. GOES OUT ON PAUL PIERCE. PIERCE HAS GOT 1 POINTS AND 11 REBOUNDS. 7 OF HIS 19 THIS QUARTER. THE RASHEED WALLACE FOUL. THAT IS NUMBER FIVE. 25.8 TO PLAY.>>Doug: HOW ABOUT PAUL PIERCE? HE’D BEEN QUIET THE ENTIRE SECOND HALF AND CAME UP WITH THE TWO BIGGEST SHOTS FOR THE CELTICS TO REALLY GIVE THEM THIS CUSHION. THAT’S WHY THEY CALL HIM THE TRUTH, AND THAT’S WHY HE WAS THE MVP FINALIST WHEN THEY WON THE CHAMPIONSHIP.>>Kevin: HE DIDN’T SCORE IN THE THIRD. HERE HE COMES RIGHT NOW AS THEY TRY TO MANAGE MINUTES FOR BOTH THESE COACHES WITH BOTH THESE TEAMS. THAT’S GOING TO BE A CHORE UNTO ITSELF. THERE’S A LOT OF TALENT ON BOTH TEAMS.>>Doug: I THINK THE BIG THING FOR MIKE BROWN RIGHT NOW IS GETTING THIS TEAM IN SYNC OFFENSIVELY. THEY GOT OFF TO A GOOD START. WHEN THEY HAD TO DO TO THEIR BENCH, THEY GOT REAL STAGNANT, ESPECIALLY WHEN LeBRON WENT OUT OF THE GAME. THEY’VE GOT TO FEEL EACH OTHER OUT. LeBRON JAMES WITH 17 SECONDS REMAINING, LOOKS AT A FIVE-POINT GAME. A QUICK FOUL CALLED ON VAREJAO IN BACKCOURT AS HE WAS WATCHING PAUL PIERCE. VAREJAO’S GOT FIVE. WE’LL WALK TO THE OTHER END OF THE FLOOR WITH THE CELTICS ON TOP, 91-86. THEY’VE LED BY AS MANY AS 15. CLEVELAND LED BY AS MANY AS 14 EARLY. JUST FOLLOWING UP ON BENCH SCORING, DOUG, YOU’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT BOSTON OUTSCORING CLEVELAND 17-10.>>Doug: YOU HEARD PAUL PIERCE TALKING ABOUT IT AND SAYING WHAT A BIG LIFT THAT THAT BENCH GAVE THEM, AND THEN WHEN THEY CAME BACK IN, THEY PICKED UP THE SLACK FROM WHEN THEY GOT OFF TO THAT SLOW START. GOING TO BE A BIG WIN FOR BOSTON. CLEVELAND WON THEIR FIRST 23 HOME GAMES BEFORE THEY LOST TO THE LAKERS. THEY WERE 39-2. THEY LOST THE LAST GAME OF THE YEAR TO PHILADELPHIA. SO THIS IS A LOSS HERE AT HOME, THESE PEOPLE ARE NOT USED TO SEE THE CAVALIERS LOSING AT HOME.>>Kevin: 39-2 A S>>Kevin: DOUG, YOU SAID EARLIER IN THE GAME, DEFENSE AHEAD OF OFFENSE. CERTAINLY THAT’S THE CASE FOR A LOT OF TEAMS AROUND THE NBA. LOOKS LIKE CLEVELAND TRYING TO FIGURE OUT THE OFFENSE OVER THE DEFENSE MOST ASSUREDLY.>>Doug: THAT’S USUALLY THE RHYTHM PART OF IT. DEFENSE, THERE’S A LOT OF TRUST AND COMMUNICATION AND HARD WORK. BUT OFFENSE IS SO MUCH PRECISION. RIGHT NOW THESE GUYS JUST DON’T KNOW EACH OTHER. WE SAW LeBRON PENETRATE. ANTHONY PARKER WITHDREW HIS HANDS OUT OF BOUNDS.>>Kevin: THAT’S A THREE BY LeBRON. FOUR-POINT GAME, 12 SECONDS TO PLAY. PIERCE IS FOULED. LeBRON HAS PUT IN 38. BOSTON LED BY SIX AT HALFTIME. THEY START THE THIRD QUARTER, DOUG, THE CELTICS DO, ON A 10-2 RUN. CLEVELAND IS AS CLOSE NOW AS THEY HAVE BEEN IN THE SECOND HALF. FOUR POINTS IS AS CLOSE AS THEY HAVE BEEN. SO A WALK TO THE OTHER END OF THE FLOOR AND SHOOT SOME CELTIC FREE THROWS. AND YOU CAN SEE THAT HOME RECORD WE JUST TALKED ABOUT FOR CLEVELAND LAST YEAR. BEST EVER, THAT ’85-’86 BIRD, McHALE, PARISH, ALL THOSE GREAT PLAYERS ON THAT 40-1 TEAM. THEY LOST TO PORTLAND IN THE OLD BOSTON GARDEN. PAUL PIERCE AT THE LINE, 7 OF 8 TONIGHT FROM THE STRIPE. 22 POINTS AND 11 REBOUNDS. RONDO FINISHES WITH 10 ASSISTS, 10 REBOUNDS. FOR GARNETT AS HE COMES BACK. A DOUBLE DOUBLE FOR K.G., HAD THE 13 POINTS. BOSTON, WHICH LAST YEAR HAD THE THIRD BEST RECORD IN THE NBA OVERALL, 62-20. A HECK OF A START LAST YEAR, CELTICS STARTED 27-2 LAST SEASON. THEY REALLY HAD A GREAT START. PIERCE HAS TEN IN THIS FOURTH QUARTER. HERE IS JAMES FOR THREE, GUARDED BY PIERCE. THE DUCK BY RONDO. CELTICS HAVE WON IN CLEVELAND FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE DECEMBER OF 2004. THEY HAD LOST EIGHT STRAIGHT IN THE REGULAR SEASON HERE, AND DANNY AINGE AND DOC RIVERS WIN IT 95-89. AND THEY DO IT AGAINST THE CAVALIERS, A TEAM THAT THEY KNOW. THROUGHOUT THE SEASON AND CERTAINLY AT THE END OF THE DAY, THEY WILL SEE IN THE PLAYOFFS, AND THEY’LL BE JOCKEYING FOR POSITION IN THE EASTERN CONFERENCE.>>Doug: IT’S A BIG WIN TOO BECAUSE YOU START THINKING ABOUT TIEBREAKERS. VERY LIKELY THESE TEAMS COULD POSSIBLY TIE FOR RECORDS IN THE REGULAR SEASON. IF SO, IN THAT TIEBREAKER, YOU COME IN AND GET A GAME ON THE ROAD, THAT’S A BIG WIN FOR BOSTON TONIGHT.>>Kevin: HOW ABOUT KEVIN GARNETT, 33 MINUTES, 13 POINTS, 10 REBOUNDS. HE IS STANDING BY WITH CHERYL MILLER.>>Cheryl: K.G., IT’S TOUGH GETTING BACK SINCE THE KNEE INJURY. YOU HIT THE DECK A FEW TIMES. PHYSICALLY HOW DID YOU FEEL OUT THERE?>>FEEL GOOD. FEEL LIKE THE FIRST TIME I MADE THAT AAU TEAM. I FEEL EAGER. I HAVE TO CALM MYSELF DOWN. ALL IN ALL, I THOUGHT I GAVE EVERYTHING I HAD AND FELT GOOD TONIGHT.>>Cheryl: YOU SAID IT FELT LIKE YOUR FIRST AAU GAME. WHEN YOU MISSED THAT DUNK, WAS IT LIKE THAT?>>SOMETHING LIKE THAT. I’M STILL GETTING COB WEBS. I’M AHAPPY TO BE OUT HERE AND BE HEALTHY. GOOD NIGHT FOR EVERYONE. THAT WAS A BIG THING. YOU KNOW HOW IT GO.>>Cheryl: PAUL PIERCE SAID, EVEN THOUGH IT WAS THE FIRST TIME, IT WAS GOING TO BE A MEASUREMENT GAME FOR YOU. YOU AGREE WITH THAT?>>I AGREE WITH THAT. CLEVELAND’S GOTTEN BETTER. ORLANDO’S GOTTEN BETTER. WASHINGTON’S GOTTEN BETTER. ATLANTA’S GOTTEN BETTER. THE EAST HAS GOTTEN BETTER. WE’RE TRYING TO MEASURE OURSELVES, SEE WHERE WE’RE AT. TRYING TO GET OUR THINGS STRAIGHT AND TIGHTEN OUR BOLTS AND ALL THAT GOOD STUFF. WE’RE NOT PERFECT AT ALL. WE’RE A TEAM IN PROGRESS. TONIGHT WAS A GREAT TEST FOR US. I THOUGHT WE DID A GOOD JOB.>>Cheryl: YOU’LL GET BETTER, KEVIN. BACK TO YOU.>>I’M STILL GOOD.>>Kevin: RASHEED WALLACE OFF THE BENCH IN HIS CELTIC DEBUT HAD 12 POINTS. OUR PRODUCER HAS BEEN SCOTT. OUR DIRECTOR LONNY DALE. SPERB THANKS TO PAUL PIERCE. FOR DOUG COLLINS, KEVIN HARLAN SAYING SO LONG FROM CLEVELAND. UP NEXT, THE LAKERS GET THEIR CHAMPIONSHIP RINGS. THEY’LL TAKE ON THE CLBACK IN T THAT CAN GET YOU THOSE WINS. THEY DID IT. PROBABLE GOT FILED. PUSHED OFF THE BLOCK. AND THEN YOUR CLOSER. >>>YOU GOT A TON OF NICKNAMES FOR HIM. BUT I CALL HIM CLOSER. THAT’S PAUL PIERCE. >>HE HAD 21 POINTS AND 11 REBOUNDS. 13 POINTS AND 10 REBOUNDS. RAY HAD 16. I THOUGHT TONIGHT WAS A VERY PROFESSIONAL GAME BY THE CELTICS. VERY METHODICAL. AND JUST, THEY WENT ABOUT THEIR BUSINESS. >>IT WAS VERY BUSINESS LIKE. >>THERE WERE A COUPLE OF PLAYS WHERE DOC TOLD HEM TO SLOW DOWN. HE WAS THROWING BALLS IN THE PAINT. KEEPING THE TURNOVERS DOWN IS SO IMPORTANT. NOT JUST ON THE ROAD, BUT ESPECIALLY AGAINST THE SOLID DEFENSIVE TEAM LIKE THE CAVALIERS. >>ALL RIGHT. DOWN ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE GARDEN. TOMORROW NIGHT, THEY’LL BE CALLING THE GAME WITH THE BOBCATS. HEY, MIKE, YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS ONE? >>HEY, I THINK YOU HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD. IT WAS A VERY PROFESSIONAL EFFORT BY THE CELTICS. THEY NEVER PANIC. THEIR BENCH CAME IN AND PERFORMED. EVERYONE PRETTY MUCH DID WHAT ONE HOPED THEY WOULD DO. >>WHEN YOU PLAY AGAINST A TEAM LIKE CLEVELAND, AND AT THAT PARTICULAR POINT, THEY CAME OUT CLEVELAND AND WERE THROWING HAYMAKERS. AND THE CELTICS HAD THE GREAT POISE TO HANG IN THAT GAME. WITHSTAND THOSE BODY BLOWS. AND ABSORBED ALL OF THE ENERGY OUT OF THE SECOND UNIT OF CLEVELAND. AND ACTUALLY, THEY’RE AS RESPONSIBLE FOR WINNING THIS GAME AS PAUL PIERCE OR ANYBODY ELSE. >>WHAT WE SAW TONIGHT, I THINK WHAT YOU AND I BOTH FEEL IS GOING TO FEEL A LOT AS THIS SEASON GOES ON. THAT IS THE CELTIC BENCH PROVES TO BE A TREMENDOUS ADVANTAGE OVER THE OPPOSITION. WELL, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT YOU KNOW, BIG BABY IS NOT GOING TO BE THERE. BUT WILLIAMS DID A CREDIBLE JOB. AND THEY UTILIZE THE TWO POWDER FORWARDS AT THE CENTER SPOT AT PINES. AND THE CABS USE THE TWIN TOWER APPROACH. AND CELTICS MATCHED IT WITH THEIR TWIN POWERS, WHO WERE MUCH MORE MOBILE. THE ONLY THING I THOUGHT, SHAQ CAN’T RUN FAST ANYMORE. AND EITHER CAN ELGASCAS. WE NEVER PUSHED A BALL AT HIM IN THE FOURTH QUARTER WHEN THOSE TWO GUYS ARE IN THERE. >>A LOT OF THREE-POINT SHOOTING TONIGHT. EFFECTIVE MOST OF THE TIME. ARE YOU COMFORTABLE WITH THAT? >>3-POINT SHOOTING? >>THREE POINTS. >>THREE-POINT SHOOTING? I LOST MY EAR PIECE. >>I NOTICED THAT. >>SOMEDAY THEY’RE GOING TO GET ME MY RIGHT EAR PIECE. THE 3-POINT SHOOTING AT THE CELTICS WAS VERY, VERY EFFECTIVE. BUT THEY HAVE 3-POINT SHOOTERS. THAT’S VERY MUCH A PART OF THE GAME. AND YOU’RE GOING TO SEE A LOT OF 3s. HOWEVER, THEY DID PENETRATE, I THINK, AT THE TIMES THEY NEEDED TO PENETRATE, THEY GOT TO THE FREETHROW LINE, MANY, MANY TIMES. >>THE SHOOTING TONIGHT FOR THE CELTICS. AT THAT PARTICULAR POINT, I BELIEVE THAT GRAPHIC, THAT’S A GRAPHIC FOR THE GAME. EDDIE HAUS HERE OFF THE BENCH. RASHEED WALLACE DOING A NICE JOB WITH THE DEEP SHOT. AND RAY ALLEN AT THE RIGHT MOMENTS. THAT WAS A BUILDING TIME. YOU AND I HAVE BEEN THERE ENOUGH OVER THE LAST FOUR OR FIVE YEARS TO KNOW THAT THAT’S BEEN A TOUGH BUILDING FOR THE CELTICS TO SHOOT IN. AND TOUGH FOR THEM TO PLAY IN. >>THIS WAS SUCH A WORKMANSHIP JOB. REMEMBER, WE TALKED ABOUT THE CHEMISTRY AND THIS CLUB AND HOW IT’S GELLED VERY QUICKLY. >>IT CERTAINLY DID. AND IT SHOWED ITSELF IN THIS GAME. THERE WERE SOME TURNOVERS. AND THE MIDDLE OF THE GAME GOT LOST IN THE FOURTH QUARTER. BUT I THINK PART OF THAT WAS THAT THEY PLAYED MORE MINUTES IN THIS GAME AND THE RHYTHM NATURALLY WOULD BE A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT. BUT TERRIFIC FIRST GAME. >>ALL RIGHT. SO WE’LL GO BACK TO YOU GUYS IN THE STUDIO RIGHT NOW. AND AGAIN, WE’LL LOOK FORWARD TO YOU GUYS BEING IN THESE SEATS TOMORROW NIGHT. AND FOR THE REST OF THE TIME, PRETTY ACTIVE OUT THERE ON THE CAUSEWAY. I CAN’T IMAGINE WHAT IT’S GOING TO BE LIKE TOMORROW NIGHT. >>THAT’S BECAUSE YOU GUYS ARE THERE. AND THANKS FOR KEEPING THE SEATS WARM. MIKE AND TOMMY, MORE FROM THEM COMING UP. DONNY, AT THE HALF, THE CELTICS WERE UP BY 6:00. VERY GOOD IN THAT SITUATION. WENT ON A 10-2 RUN TO START THE QUARTER. BUT OVERALL, FROM THE SECOND TO THE THIRD QUARTER, IT WAS TO BOSTON. >>WE KNOW THE TEAM TO BE HIGH WITH THE TURNOVERS. BUT TO DO A REALLY GOOD JOB TO COME OUT IN THE THIRD QUARTER. SO DIFFICULT FOR TEAMS ON ANY LEVEL TO COME OUT ON HALFTIME. WITH THE ENERGY YOU HAD. IF NOT MORE ENERGY THAN YOU HAD AT THE BEGINNING OF THE GAME. THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT THIS TEAM DID. AND THE THING THAT I LIKED ABOUT HOW THEY CAME OUT IN THE THIRD QUARTER, GARY WAS, THE STARTERS, THEY BEGAN SOMETHING. AND ONCE HE WENT TO HIS BENCH. THERE REALLY WAS NO HICCUP. THIS WAS GREAT TO SEE GREAT RECOGNITION BY RONDEAU. YOU GET THE BALL MOVING. YOU GET GUYS PASSING THE BALL. MOVING THE BALL AROUND THE PERIMETER. AND IT CARRIES OVER TO THE BENCH. THAT’S ONE OF THE THINGS I THINK DOC IS GOING TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT. HOW DO I GET MY SECOND UNIT TO DO THE THINGS THAT MY FIRST UNIT DID? AND REALLY, YOU JUST KIND OF MIX AND MATCH GUYS. THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT YOU DID TONIGHT. THE GUYS CAME IN AND DID A GREAT JOB. >>YOU’RE KEY TO THE GAME, THE BENCH. >>ABSOLUTELY. I THINK THAT WAS THE DIFFERENCE. 26-10. AGAIN, YOU’RE GOING TO BE HEARING ABOUT THOSE UPPER ECHELON TEAMS, THE CHAMPION CALIBER TEAMS. GOING TO GO PAST THE 3. IT’S GOING TO COME DOWN TO THOSE GUYS, BETWEEN 6 TO 10. GREAT GUYS THERE BY RASHEED WALLACE. HIM AND DANIELS, REALLY, THEY CARRIED THIS TEAM. AND I THOUGHT THAT NOT JUST OFFENSIVELY, BUT DEFENSIVELY. MARQUIS DANIELS CONTINUES TO MOVE YOU US OUT TO BABBLE. I SAID THIS. IT’S SO IMPORTANT TO MOVE WITHOUT THE BASKETBALL. THERE, RASHEED POPPING OUT. AGAIN, DANIELS TO WALLACE. YOU’RE GOING TO BE HEARING THAT A LOT. AND I WAS PROUD OF THE WAY THESE GUYS CONTINUED TO MOVE THE BALL. DANIELS SHOOTS ABOUT 23% IN HIS CAREER FROM 3. BUT WILL TAKE THOSE SHORT-CORNER 3s FOR HIM. THAT’S WHAT HE DOES, GARY. >>7 POINTS TONIGHT. NOT A LOT WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE BOX SCORE. HOWEVER, ONE OF THOSE BASKETS TIED THE GAME AT 34. >>IT’S TIME AND SCORE. HE’S A VETERAN. >>RIGHT. >>HE BRINGS THOSE THINGS TO THE GAME THAT YOU CAN’T SEE IN THE BOX SCORE. WHEN HE SCORES THOSE POINTS, WHEN HE GETS THOSE DEFENSIVE STOPS, WHICH HE MAKES THAT EXTRA PASS, THAT’S WHAT MARQUIS DANIELS BRINGS TO THIS TEAM. >>ALL RIGHT, GARY. THANKS SO MUCH. >>>MARQUIS, I KNOW IT’S NOT THE END OF THE WORLD HAD YOU GUYS LOST THIS GAME TONIGHT. BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO GET A PLACE WHERE THE REST OF YOUR TEAMMATES REALLY HAVE STRUGGLED HERE THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS. >>WE GOT A GOAL IN MIND. TRY TO GET BETTER EVERY DAY. >>TALK ABOUT HOW THINGS CHANGE IN THE FALL GAME. THEY STARTED OUT FAST IN A 13- 2ED2 LEAD. HOW TO DO THINGS TURN OUT FOR YOU IN THE QUARTER? >>THE BEST DEFENSE TEAM. >>BENCH SCORING WAS ALSO A HUGE PART OF THIS GAME AS WELL. I THINK LAST TIME I CHECKED, IT WAS 26-10 OVER THE CAVS BENCH. >>I GOT THIS. WE SAY WE WANT TO BE THE BEST UNIT. >>IT’S ONLY BEEN ONE PRESEASON GAME AND ONE REGULAR SEASON GAME. BUT HAVE YOU GOTTEN A DECENT FEEL FOR THE RIVALRY AND THE INTENSITY THAT HAS DEVELOPED BETWEEN THESE TWO TEAMS? >>LIKE I SAID EARLIER, WE FELT LIKE WE NEEDED TO GET WHERE WE NEED TO BE. WE HAVE TO GO OUT THERE AS A TEAM. >>LATE IN THE BALL GAME, DOC SUBSTITUTED YOU IN FOR PAUL ON A DEFENSIVE ASSIGNMENT, ON LeBRON JAMES. WHAT DID HE TELL YOU? AND DO YOU EXPECT THAT TO OCCUR ON A REGULAR BASIS OR MORE OFTEN THIS YEAR? >>THAT’S SOMETHING I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO. IF I CAN COME OUT THERE AND PLAY SOME GOOD DEFENSE AND HELP OUT. >>Reporter: MARQUIS DANIELS, LEADING THE CELTICS BENCH AGAIN. CELTICS WIN ON OPENING NIGHT. MORE FROM THE CUBE GUYS, GO TO THE STUDIO. >>>95-89 IS THE FINAL IS THE CELTICS’ WIN IN CLEVELAND FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2004. PAUL PIERCE LEADING. YOU’LL HEAR FROM DOC RIVERS O>>>9589, CELTICS WIN IT IN CLEVELAND TONIGHT. YES, IT IS THE FIRST GAME OF THE YEAR. YES, IT IS A LONG SEASON. BUT NONETHELESS, FOLKS. THIS IS A BIG WIN. EVEN WHEN THEY MET IN THE PLAY- OFFS, IT’S ALL ABOUT THE HOME TEAM. REALLY, THIS MEANS A LOT FOR THE CELTIC CLUB. IT ALSO MEANS A LOT TO CLEVELAND. THEY HAD SHAQ COMING IN TO THE GAME. ALL WE HEARD WAS SHAQ THIS AND SHAQ THAT. BUT SHAQ ENDED UP WITH 10 POINTS TONIGHT. DOUBLE-DIGIT REBOUNDS, DOUBLE- DOUBLE. BUT NOT DOMINATING. CLEVELAND DID START FAST, THOUGH. THEY WERE UP BY 14 IN THE FIRST QUARTER. >>THEY DID IT WITH THEIR DEFENSE. THAT’S WHAT CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS DO. WE’RE GOING TO HEAR THAT ALL SEASON LONG. THE DEFENSE SEASON’S DEFENSE. THIS GAME STARTED OFF ONE WAY. BUT ONCE THE CELTICS WEATHERED THE STORM AND SAID, OKAY, SHAQ, EVERYONE IS EXCITED. LeBRON IS BACK AND BLAH, BLAH, BLAH. EVEN A DEEP 3-POINTER LIKE THAT IS NOT GOING TO REALLY HURT YOU. AND WE TALKED ABOUT IT. I THINK FOR THE CAVS, IF THEY SEE LeBRON JAMES MAKING THOSE 3- POINTERS, NOW HE STARTS TO SETTLE A LITTLE BIT. AT LEAST THAT’S WHAT HE DID IN THE FAST. YOU WANT HIM SHOOTING THOSE LONG 3-POINTERS. HE IS UNSTOP WHEN — UNSTOPPABLE WHEN HE GETS HIS TEETH IN THERE. TO HAVE HIM SHOOTING THOSE 3s, THAT’S ONE THING. BUT TO WEATHER THAT, I THINK THAT SHOWED A LOT OF TOUGHNESS FROM THE CELTICS. >>LeBRON AND SHAQ. EVEN THOUGH SHAQ WAS THERE, IT WAS STILL THE LeBRON SHOW. >>YEAH. >>SPEAKING OF SHAQ, HE ABSOLUTELY LEVELED KEVIN GARNET. AND WE HELD OUR BREATH. WHEN THIS HAPPENED, WE HELD OUR BREATH. >>BUT YEAH, AS LONG AS K.G. CAME DOWN ON HIS LEG, STAYED REALLY IN A STABLE SITUATION, THEN THAT’S OKAY. IF HE COMES BACK DOWN BACKWARDS, YOU WORRY ABOUT IT A LITTLE BIT. BUT HERE, THAT’S A HARD FILE. IT TELLS K.G., THE SEASON HAS BEGUN, SHAQ IS IN THE EASTERN CONFERENCE ONCE AGAIN. AND THIS IS HOW THE GAME SHOULD BE PLAYED. THAT’S HOW THEY’RE GOING TO BE PLAYED. NOW YOU’RE SHOOTING TWO FREETHROWS. YOU LIKE TO SEE THAT, BUT EVEN NEAR — MORE, YOU LIKE TO SEE HIM PULLING A PENALTY. >>BUT WHAT ABOUT SHAQ? >>I ALWAYS THOUGHT THIS TEAM, WHEN THEY BROUGHT SHAQ TO CLEVELAND, HE WAS GOING TO BE — THIS THING WAS BUILT FOR THE PLAY-OFFS. THAT’S WHAT SHAQ BRINGS TO THE TABLE. HE’S NOT GOING TO RUN UP AND DOWN WITH YOU. TALK ABOUT HIM NOT HURTING THEM. 15-11 IN PAST — FAST-BREAK POINTS, IN FAVOR OF THE CELTICS. I DON’T THINK THEY’LL BE THE SAME FAST-BREAKING TEAMS WITH SHAQUILLE O’NEAL IN THE MIDDLE. THIS TEAM IS BUILT TO GET TO THE PLAY-OFFS AND TO PLAY WELL IN THE PLAY-OFFS. WHEN THEY’RE RUNNING, I, I THINK SHAQ GETS LOST. >>LET’S GET DOWN TO THE CAUSEWAY STREET. TOMMY, YOUR THOUGHTS ON KEVIN GARNET TONIGHT. HOW DID HE LOOK TO YOU? >>HE’S STILL FINDING HIS FORM. I THOUGHT HE PLAYED VERY EFFECTIVELY. BUT NOT UP TO, I’M SURE, WHAT HE WOULD CONSIDER HIS STANDARDS. HE MISSED THAT SLAM DUNK THAT WOULD HAVE REALLY BEEN A SPECIAL THING. AND DEFENSIVELY, HE WAS ABOUT A HALF A STEP BEHIND HIS NORMAL DEFENSIVE GAME. >>HEY, MIKE. I KNOW A LOT OF TALK IS GOING TO BE MADE IN THE PAPERS TOMORROW ABOUT, YOU KNOW, THIS WASN’T — THIS GAME MENT A LOT — MEANT A LOT, DIDN’T MEAN A LOT. I’M SURE DOC IS GOING TO DOWNBAY PLAYIT. BUT DO YOU THINK DOWN THE STRETCH THIS IS ONE OF THOSE GAMES THAT COMES BACK MAYBE TO BITE THE CAVS IN THE TAIL? >>YEAH. IN FACT, TOMMY AND I WERE LAUGHING ABOUT THE FACT THAT THEY WERE 81 POINTS TO GO AND THEY WERE ALREADY TALKING ABOUT TIEBREAKERS. BUT I DO THINK THE CELTICS HAVEN’T WON IN FIVE YEARS SINCE CLEVELAND AND WHATEVER IT HAS BEEN. I THINK THEY NEEDED TO GO IN THERE AND SHOW CLEVELAND THIS IS GOING TO BE DIFFERENT THIS TIME AROUND. I DON’T THINK IT WOULD HAVE HURT THE CELTICS. BUT CERTAINLY LEFT DOUBT IN THEIR MIND. INSTEAD, COMING BACK FROM 14 DOWN AND BEING ABLE TO PLAY, AS YOU GUYS HAVE SAID, AS BUSINESS- LIKE AS THEY DID AND WIN KIND OF THIS GAME PRETTY MUCH HANDILY, CLEVELAND PRETTY MUCH HAD THE BALL AND THE LEAD IN THE SECOND HALF. I THINK IT WAS AN IMPRESSIVE WIN FOR THE CELTICS. >>TOMMY, WHAT DID YOU THINK ABOUT DOC’S ROTATION? HOW IS HE BLENDING EVERYBODY TOGETHER? >>WELL, HE PRETTY MUCH SHOWED HIS HAND DURING THE PRESEASON GAMES OF BLENDING THAT SECOND UNIT TOGETHER. AND BUILDING SOME ESPRIT DECORP. THEY FREED UP EDDIE TO GET HIS SHOTS OFF. TONIGHT, EDDIE PLAYED A LITTLE BIT MORE POINT GUARD THAN HE HAS BEEN IN THE PRESEASON GAMES. BUT I THINK THAT BENCH IS MESHED AS WELL AS YOU COULD EVER HOPE TO HAVE A BENCH MESHED. NONE OF THE REST OF THE LEAGUE, IF THEY HAVE A GOOD BENCH, AND I THINK THAT SOME OF THE PLAYERS ON CLEVELAND’S BENCH MAY EVENTUALLY SHOW UP AND BE EFFECTIVE PLAYERS. BUT THEY CERTAINLY AREN’T BLENDING IN WITH THE SECOND UNIT EFFECTIVELY. THERE’S NO CHEMISTRY THERE. CELTICS HAVE THE CHEMISTRY. >>SPEAKING OF CHEMISTRY. LeBRON JAMES, 10 OF 13 FROM THE FREETHROW LINE, 12 OF 22 FROM THE FIELD, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH. DID YOU SEE ANYTHING THAT MADE YOU THINK HE’S A BETTER PLAYER THIS YEAR? OR DID THE TEAM REACT ANY DIFFERENTLY TO HIM THAN WE’VE SEEN IN THE PAST? >>WELL, I DON’T KNOW IF HE COULD BECOME A MUCH BETTER PLAYER THAN HE IS ALREADY. AND YOU JUST GAVE US ALL OF THOSE GREAT NUMBERSNE ALREADY HAD. — NUMBERS HE ALREADY HAD. I’M OF THE SAME SCHOOL. AND TOMMY SAID THE SHAQ EDITION DOESN’T HELP HIM. IF YOU MAKE LeBRON JAMES A JUMP SHOOTER, I THINK THAT’S AN ADVANTAGE TO YOU AND NOT TO THE CAVALIERS. HE’S A BETTER PLAYER WHEN HE’S ALLOWED TO GET INTO THE OPEN COURT AND MAKE PLAYS LIKE THAT. AND WHEN HE’S ABLE TO MAKE A SLASHER, HE’S PRACTICALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO STOP. ESPECIALLY NOW. AND ONE THING, THE NBA HAS BECOME A THREE-STEP LEAGUE. BECAUSE THAT WAS PRETTY OBVIOUS TONIGHT. YOU COULD GET AWAY WITH TAKING THREE STEPS. >>WAIT UNTIL YOU TAKE 5. AND EVERYBODY GOES, WHAT A PLAY. >>IF ALL OF A SUDDEN, THREE IS WHAT IS ALLOWED AND FOUR IS WHAT YOU CAN GET AWAY WITH, LeBRON WILL BE UNSTOPPABLE. >>CAN YOU IMAGINE DR. J WITH THREE STEPS. >>GREAT JOB. WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOU CALLING ACROSS THE STREET TOMORROW NIGHT, WHERE THE CELTIC HAVE THEIR HOME OPENER DOWN AT THE TD GARDEN. WE WILL BE BACK AT THE STUDIO. MARK AND TOMMY GETTING THE PLACE WARMED UP TONIGHT. THE RECAP CAN BE SEEN. IN TONIGHT, THEY’LL BE RECAPPING THE 89-85 LOSS TO THE CAVALIERS FOR THE CELTICS. THIS WEB EXCLUSIVE VIDEO RECAP. YOU CAN WATCH IT AT CSNNE.COM. >>>IT IS HOW YOU ARE TREATED. YOU’LL HAVE TO >>>NOVEMBER 5th, WRITE IT DOWN. MICHAEL HOLLYWOOD RETURNS WITH CELTICS NOW HERE ON SPORTSNET. ONCE AGAIN, PRESENTED BY THE OFFICIAL AUTO SHARNS OF THE BOST — INSURANCE OF THE BOSTON CELTICS. >>>BALLOT SCORING, BALANCE STEPPING BY EVERYBODY FROM THE START. MARK CAGNEY HERE WITH DONNY MARSHALL. NONETHELESS, LeBRON JAMES IS STILL A SUPERIOR ATHLETE. HE HAD SOME PLAYS TONIGHT WHERE YOU JUST WENT, WOW. >>HE’S A TERRIFIC ATHLETE, GARY. THERE’S NO QUESTION ABOUT THAT. BUT I THINK THE CELTICS HAVE TO REALIZE, YOU GOTTA DUNK THE BALL WITH TWO HANDS. ESPECIALLY IF LeBRON JAMES IS BEHIND YOU. YOU GOTTA GET CONTACT. THAT BODY CONTACT INTO LeBRON. OR TRY TO REVERSE AND USE THAT RIM ALMOST AS A DEFENDER FROM THE DEFENDER, GARY. YOU GO ON THE OTHER SIDE. IT’S LIKE A REVERSE LAY JOHN. — LAYUP. ABSOLUTELY A TERRIFIC, TERRIFIC BASKETBALL PLAY. GIVING YOU EVERY SINGLE ANGLE. FIVE OR SIX TIMES. PROBABLY TOO MANY. BUT WE’RE TRYING TO SHOW YOU HOW GOOD HE IS, DEFENSIVELY. BUT NOT ONLY THAT, HE BLOCKED A SHOT OF RAY ALLEN. ANOTHER GUY GOING TO THE BASKET TRYING TO DUNK IT WITH ONE HAND. HE BRINGS THE ENTIRE GAME TO THE FLOOR. IT’S A MATTER OF BRINGING THAT TO HELP HIM, WHICH IS GOING TO MAKE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HIM BEING LIKE TOMMY SAID, THE TRUE KING. >>IF YOU’RE PLAYING AGAINST CLEVELAND, SEEMS TO ME, YOU’RE GOING TO HEAR FOOTSTEPS. YOU KNOW HE’S COMING. >>HE PROBABLY — AND I DON’T WANT TO MAKE THIS SOUND THE WRONG WAY. BUT HE PROBABLY PLAYS, I’LL SAY, AS HARD IF NOT HARDER THAN ANY STAR IN THE NBA. >>ALL RIGHT, LIVE CHATS. CHATTING UP WITH DONNY MARSHALL. >>>WELL, THE CELTICS PLAYED SO MANY PLAYS AT THE START OF THE SEASON. HOW WILL THE COACHES MANAGE THE MINUTE. >>TONIGHT OVER 30. I WAS SURPRISED AT THAT. >>I THINK A LOT OF IT DEPENDS HOW GUYS PLAY OFF THE BENCH AND HOW THE ROTATIONS AND THE DIFFERENT SCHEMES THAT GUYS ARE PLAYING OFF THE BENCH, HOW THEY PLAY. I THINK IF THE TEAM IS STRUGGLING, HE’S GOING TO LEAVE K.G. IN THERE. I DON’T THINK WE’LL SEE K.G. PLAYING MORE THAN 35 MINUTES A GAME. AUTO LEAST NOT IN — AT LEAST NOT IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF THE GAME. HE SAYS, I FEEL GREAT, MY BODY FEELS GREAT. THEN HE’LL KEEP HIM IN. AS LONG AS KEVIN GARNET IS IN, AS LONG AS THE TEAM IS PLAYING WELL, I THINK YOU CAN GIVE HIM SOME REST. >>I THINK THERE ARE GOING TO BE TIMES IN WEDNESDAY’S NIGHT’S GAME AT THE GARDENS COULD BE ONE OF THOSE TIMES. EVEN THOUGH THE BOBCATS FOR SOME REASON OR ANOTHER GIVE THE CELTICS A TOUGH TIME. WHERE YOU COULD REALLY SAY, I COULD ARREST K.G. IS THERE A MINIMAL AMOUNT OF MINUTES WITH K.G.? >>IT’S WHATEVER KG WANTS. IF DOC SAYS, I’M GOING TO PLAY 15 MINUTES TONIGHT, K.G. WILL PROBABLY SAY, I’M IN A GOOD PLACE. I NEED TO CONTINUE TO STRENGTHEN THIS LEG. BUT I NEED TO GET MY WIND UP. I DON’T WANT TO GO BACKWARDS. MINIMUMS, MAXIMUMS, I THINK IT’S REALLY GOING TO BE WHAT THE GAME GIVES YOU. KG TOLD US TONIGHT, HE SAID AFTER THE GAME, I HAD TO TAKE IT DOWN A NOTCH. HE SAID, I WAS VERY ANXIOUS, VERY EXCITED. HE WILL BE THE SAME TOMORROW NIGHT. HE WILL HAVE TO DO A GOOD JOB OF MONITORING HIMSELF AND NOT REALLY BLOWING TOO MUCH OF THAT STEAM OFF TOO EARLY IN THE GAME. >>AND IT’S THE HOME OPENER, TOO. THE PLACE IS GOING TO BE ROCKING. AND OBVIOUSLY DOESN’T HAVE THE SAME SIZZLE AS CLEVELAND. BUT NONETHELESS, IT’S THE HOME OPENER FROM BOSTON. AND ONE OF THE THINGS DOC IS GOING TO HAVE TO DO IS PROTECT KG AGAINST HIMSELF. SO FAR, HE’S BEEN ABLE TO DO THAT. >>YEAH. >>AND STARTS THE PRESEASON THROUGH HIS REHAB. >>IT DEPENDS ON HIS TEAMMATES. IF GUYS ARE STEPPING UP. IF RASHEED WALL AS CAN COME IN AND DO WHAT HE’S SUPPOSED TO DO OFF THE BENCH, YOU WILL SEE KG GETTING REST. YOU PULL ONE GUY, THE OTHER GUY COMES WITH YOU. >>RIGHT. >>THEY’RE DEFENSE. THEY SHIFT. AND THAT’S GOING TO DEPEND HOW MANY MINUTES KG PLAYS. >>DOC RIVERS. POST GAME PRESS CONFERENCE. LET’S HEAR WHAT THE COACH HAD TO SAY. >>THEY TOLD ME TO TURN IT OFF. HAD NO ONE TO WATCH IT. BUTTA A GREAT WIN OBVIOUSLY. WE TALKED ABOUT BEFORE THE GAME. TRY TO HANDLE THEIR INTENSITY EARLY. WE KNEW THEY WERE GOING TO COME OUT JACKED UP. I DIDN’T KNOW THEY WERE GOING TO COME OUT 13-2. WE NEVER REALLY PANICKED. WE JUST KIND OF CHIPPED AWAY AT IT. TALKED THAT WE WANTED TO HAVE THE LEAD BY HALFTIME. IT WAS GOOD. I LIKED WHAT HAPPENED TONIGHT. BECAUSE EVERYONE CONTRIBUTED. I THOUGHT IT WAS AS MUCH OF A TEAM WIN AS YOU CAN GET. THE SECOND UNIT SAVED THE GAME FOR US. THEY CAME IN AND THAT’S ONE STRETCH. AND SHOOT, I THINK THEY WERE DOWN 8 OR 10. THEY ACTUALLY CAPTURED THE LEAD WITH THAT GROUP ON THE FLOOR. AND THEN THE FIRST UNIT DOWN THE STRETCH WON THE GAME FOR US. A LOT OF GOOD THINGS, YOU KNOW. THE ONE THING I DID TELL OUR GUYS IS WE HAVE TO BE BETTER THAN WE PLAYED TODAY. EVEN THOUGH WE WON THE GAME AND WE’RE REALLY EXCITED. YOU KNOW, WE DID A LOT OF THINGS. WITH ONLY EIGHT MINUTES LEFT. AND TOOK 10 JUMP SHOTS IN A ROW. THOSE ARE THINGS VETERAN TEAMS AND SMARTER TEAMS DON’T DO. THAT’S WHY IT’S EARLY IN THE SEASON AND WE WORK ON IT. I WAS HAPPY FOR EVERYONE. >>YOU TALKED ABOUT THE BENCH. HAVE YOU EVER HAD A BENCH THAT CANNOT ONLY MAINTAIN LEADS BUT TAKE OVERLEADS LIKE WE SAW? >>TWO YEARS AGO, THAT BENCH WAS PRETTY GOOD. THIS BENCH IS A BETTER-SCORNED BENCH, I WILL SAY THAT. AND WHEN THEY DEFEND, THEY’RE REALLY GOOD. AND THAT’S WHAT THEY DID DURING THE STRETCH. DON’T LOSE SITE THAT I THOUGHT AS WELL AS I’VE BEEN SCORED, THEY GOT STOPS. AND THAT’S WHAT WILL KEEP THEM ON THE FLOOR. YOU KNOW, WHEN THEY CAN GET STOPS, THEY’RE GOING TO SCORE. AND I THOUGHT THAT’S WHAT THEY DID. WE ALSO HAD FIVE OR SIX IN THE FIRST QUARTER. >>YOU ALSO SAID YOU LOOKED AT THE SCHEDULE WHEN IT FIRST CAME OUT AND SAID, OKAY, WHAT DO WE START WITH? AND YOU SAID CLEVELAND. >>AND YOU SAID, DARN. BUT NOW, SINCE THE GAME IS OVER, AND WE WON, IT’S OKAY. WE’LL TAKE THAT BIG WIN FOR US. BUT I MEAN, AGAIN, LIKE I SAID BEFORE THE GAME, A BIG GAME BEFORE THE GAME. REALLY NEEDED A WIN IN THIS BUILDING. BUT NOW THAT THE GAME IS OVER, IT’S JUST ONE OF 82. >>BUT DOES IT TELL YOU ANYTHING ABOUT THE TEAM? THAT IT GOES AGAINST A TEAM THIS TALENTED? >>NO. TELLS US WE CAN WIN ANYWHERE. BUT IT ALSO TELLS US, WE HAVE TO GET BETTER. AND YOU KNOW THEY’RE GOING TO GET BETTER. YOU TAKE OUT OF THIS, A WIN. AND THAT’S ABOUT IT. BUT WE’LL TAKE THE WIN. >>WHAT ABOUT KEVIN COVAC? >>KEVIN WAS GREAT. HE WAS GREAT. HE WAS GOING A LITTLE TOO FAST. AND FUNNY, SOME OF THE TRUCKS SETTLED THEM DOWN A LITTLE BIT. BUT THAT WAS EXPECTED. >>GREAT TALK IN THAT PERFORMANCE. >>REJOHN WAS GREAT. MARQUIS HAD THAT SECOND QUARTER, ALMOST STEADIED THE TEAM WITH THE SECOND UNIT. SO JUST AGAIN, THERE’S SO MANY LITTLE THINGS. MAKING THE 6-FOOT JUMP SHOT. I’LL TELL YOU, CAN YOU POINT OUT A LITTLE MOMENT ALMOST FROM EACH PLAYER. SHELDON WILLIAMS, ALL OF THEM. THAT’S WHAT WE’RE GOING TO NEED. >>>COME IN, BACKUP DEFENSIVELY. >>WELL, IT WAS MORE OF AN OFFENSIVE SUB. BUT IT WAS BIG ENOUGH THAT HE CAN HELP GUARD SHACK. AND THAT HELPS US. WHEN YOU’RE STRUGGLING, WE KNEW WE WERE GOING TO GO PICK OUT WITH PAUL AND KEVIN. IT WAS NICE TO SEE THEIR 5, ONE TIME STANDING BEHIND THE 3- POINT LINE, WITH RASHEED. THAT’S DIFFICULT FOR US. >>DOUBLE-DOUBLES FOR PAUL PIERCE AND KEVIN GARNET TONIGHT. A 95-85 WIN. DESPITE 38 POINTS FROM LeBRON JAMES. CELTICS WIN IN CLEVELAND FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2004. WE’LL HAVE MORE ON THIS AFTER CELTICS POST GAME LIVE. >>>OKAY, DONNY, NEXT UP. THE CHARLOTTE FOX GUYS. BUT THIS IS THE HOME OPENER, PEOPLE. TOMORROW NIGHT, 7:30. CELTICS PREGAME LIVE. ORIGINATING FROM OUR CAUSEWAY STREET. THE ACE TICKET STUDIOS. THAT SHOULD BE A LOT OF FUN. >>BOBCAT, SHMOB CAT. I THINK THIS YEAR, THE GUYS ARE REALLY FOCUSED. I DON’T THINK THERE’S GOING TO BE A GAME. THEY’RE NOT GOING TO PLAY EVERY GAME PERFECTLY. >>RIGHT. >>BUT I REALLY FEEL WITH THIS TEAM, WE SAW IT PRESEASONLY, THAT THEY’RE REALLY OUT TO PROVE SOMETHING. IF NOT TO ANYONE ELSE, TO THEMSELVES. IF THEY CAN BE THE BEST TEAM IN NBA HISTORY. >>HERE’S THE THING, DONNY. THEY DON’T VEL RALE HAVE TO HAVE A CHIP ON THEIR SHOULDER, IF THEIR TOP EIGHT GUYS JUST DO THEIR JOB. AND SOME NIGHTS, SOME WILL DO IT BETTER THAN OTHERS. NOT A LOT OF TEAMS ARE GOING TO BEAT THEM. THAT’S WHAT’S SCARY ABOUT IT. NOBODY HAS TO PLAY OVER THEIR HEAD. I MEAN, THEY COULD WIN 72 GAMES. >>YOU KNOW, DOC MENTIONED IT. HE TALKED ABOUT THE BENCH. LAST YEAR, YOU AND I, OFF THE AIR, WERE SAYING, LAST YEAR’S BENCH WOULD COME IN AND JUST KIND OF KEEP THE LEVEL. THIS YEAR’S BENCH REALLY LOOKS LIKE THEY CAN START. >>STAYING INSIDE THE BALL GAME TONIGHT. GUESTS APPEARING ON CELTICS POST-GAME LIVE RECEIVE TICKETS TO THE CAPITOL HILL AND BURLINGTON CHESTNUT GRILL AND NEWBURY STREET IN BOSTON. CELTICS WITH A TERRIFIC WIN ON THE ROAD. THE FINAL AGAIN, 95-89 OVER THE CAVS. DONNY AND I THE SEE YOU TOMOR

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