Rivers Thinks Celtics Had Help from Above
(Marquis) Daniels fouled Dwyane Wade with 14 seconds left, the Heat calling a 20-second timeout. (Rajon) Rondo and Daniels switched onto Wade, who missed an open 3-pointer just before the buzzer.
“Red [Auerbach] wasn’t going to let that go in, not in the Boston [TD] Garden,’’ (Doc) Rivers said of Wade’s attempt. “I thought it looked good, honestly, when it left his hand. You know, we told them watch the pump fake, but I thought what Marquis did was, on the pump fake, he jumped out of the way, so he wouldn’t draw the foul. Wade is the best, and Paul (Pierce), at doing that. So he got the first part well, but I thought avoiding the foul was as big as anything else.
“I thought the defense was really good – we denied Wade as long as we could, same thing right before overtime with LeBron(James), with low clock. We were ready if he drove, Kevin (Garnett) was down low and we wanted him to take a contested jump shot, even though it ended up being an uncontested 3.’’
Miami trailed most of the contest, taking the lead in the final quarter, with a 15-1 run over a 5:44 period spanning the quarters.