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Sunday, 28 April 2013 16:52

Celtics Video: Doc on Surviving Game 4

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On the starting lineup: “Yeah, we’re gonna star the lineup that we did before the other game. No reason, I just like Brandon on Melo more. Actually, again like I said yesterday, with the smaller lineup the numbers actually say it’s better, but I like our defense better the other way.”

On the mental aspect of an elimination game: “Oh it’s all mental, but they all are. But obviously, when one team is in the elimination situation, the other team is not. It’s mental really for both. I’m not gonna concern myself with their mental, but with ours, it’s all mental. Always is.”

On players looking ahead to season ending: “I don’t think players think that way, I really don’t. I can tell you, I never thought in those terms. I really never thought of later.  I don’t do it as a coach either. I never ever do that. I don’t know how people function that way. You’re doing something and thinking about something else later. I just don’t know how to function that way. And maybe one or two [players] are and I can tell you, they’re not gonna play well in advance. But I’m hoping not.”On expecting J.R. Smith’s suspension: “It’s funny, I don’t know when it happened. Last night? Yesterday? Whenever they announced it, one of our coaches came in and said J.R. is suspended. I almost had no reaction. I assumed it, didn’t give it any other thought. I had actually forgot that they were thinking about it until the coach came in. So the answer would be yes. I sort of assumed it when you watch the film after the game.”

How different are Knicks without Smith: “Well I don’t know. I’ll let you know after the game. I’ll have a far better idea than I do now. He’s one of their other guys that can create shots. Especially in the playoffs, you need a guy…if you think about it, what we’ve done good in this series is the Knicks are being held 13 points under their normal average and J.R. Smith has played well. Because in the playoffs you take teams out of their stuff and then it comes down to guys creating shots for themselves and others, Well, Melo does that, Felton has done that and J.R. Smith does that. Now they don’t have one of those guys.”

On making the extra pass: “That’s always the key in games like this. Same thing in a Game 7. There’s no difference in a lot of ways. The team that trusts and stays within themselves, you know the line, ‘Stay in your own lane?’ Each individual player, those are the teams that win and those that don’t, unless they have a Nate Robinson type performance, then you lose.”

On Nate Robinson’s Historic Performance Saturday: “That was great. It was fun. I was more happy for Thibs quite honestly, but I was happy for Nate too. Nate can do that and he did it.”

Jared Weiss

Jared Weiss is the Celtics Locker Room Reporter and Host of The Garden Report: Celtics Post Game Show on Celtics Blog and CLNS Radio. J Weiss hosts The Block Party on Thursday nights at 8 PM and enjoys long walks on the beach while watching Rajon Rondo game footage. You can reach J Weiss at JWeiss@clnsradio.com and @CLNS_JaredWeiss.