Celtics coach Doc Rivers told his team to pack for a weeklong trip starting Friday. If they win, they'll go straight from Miami to Oklahoma City.
"We have another opportunity," Rivers said in Boston on Thursday night. "We get to play another game, Game 7. I would say most of the people in this room would have said, 'Wow, they're going to get to Game 7, we'll take it.' That's the way we have to view it. We won a game at theirs, they won here. Now we get to play for all the marbles."
Both sides are tired, beaten up, bruised.
Bosh is working his way back into Miami's rotation after missing nine games with a strained lower abdominal muscle. Pierce has a sprained knee ligament that he's been playing on for much of these playoffs. Wade has been coping with knee pain. Rondo's troublesome elbow may be acting up again. The Celtics are dealing with age. The Heat are dealing with pressure.
None of that will matter on Saturday night.
"It's going to be a tough one," Wade said. "It's going to be a tough one, Game 7. We look forward to it. I'm sure Boston will look forward to it as well. This is what NBA basketball is about."
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