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Doc Rivers has Celtics packed for trip to Oklahoma City

Jun 8, 2012, 6:29 PM EDT

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Doc Rivers made his point with luggage.

After the Miami Heat rolled Boston in Game 6 Thursday, Rivers went into the locker room and told his Celtics not to back for the trip to Miami, but to add clothes so they could head straight to Oklahoma City for the start of the NBA finals Tuesday.

“We’re all packed,” Rivers said in a conference call Friday. “Guys have a lot of luggage and we’re hoping we can use it.”

Luggage has been used as motivation before — in 2006 when Pat Riley took over the Heat and took them to the NBA finals, the Heat to go back to Dallas for Game 6 and Riley said after the game he only packed one change of clothes.

For a veteran team like the Celtics this is just a little reminder what is at stake if they win. But winning will not be about luggage, it will be about generating some offense and hoping LeBron James doesn’t have another superhuman night.

  1. 808raiderinparadise - Jun 8, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Thats a classy move and great sportsmanship that Doc would bring his team to cheer on the Heat while they represent the Eastern Conference in the finals.

    • bankai78 - Jun 8, 2012 at 11:02 PM

      Well played sir. Well played.

  2. ss3walkman - Jun 8, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    You gotta love the faith he has in his team. Can’t help but admire that. He’s a good coach regardless of the outcome.

  3. ecruz0884 - Jun 8, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    I agree. He should also buy heat fans tickets for the game to make it a bigger heat fan base at OKC. Just saying doc!

  4. lmvs2012 - Jun 8, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    Cool…thats wazzup rivers!..goodluck!

  5. simonwelds - Jun 8, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    Must be some good fishing in okc

  6. Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 8, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Gotta love Doc. Was watching one of our vintage games from 1993-94, the one where he blew out his knee the night that Pat passed Clyde. We would have won it all if Doc had been healthy.

    That Finals loss still motivates him to be just as tenacious as KG about winning. I think they’ll pull it off.

  7. giantssb42champs - Jun 8, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    I fear this is bulletin board material for the Heat!

    • knightrider1755 - Jun 8, 2012 at 9:03 PM

      I agree. This might inspire the Heat more than anything Spoelstra could say.

      • drunkenjunk - Jun 9, 2012 at 10:23 AM

        lol, nothin Spoelstra does is inspiring. That team is just as well off w/o any coach.

  8. lafan85 - Jun 8, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    Non story. Just logistics.

  9. dgbk - Jun 8, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    far from bulletin board stuff it has been said and done b4 its rather common.. besides if thats wat the heat need to inspire them they shouldnt even lace em up… they are a win away from the finals pierce packin an extra t shirt shouldnt move them…

  10. finsfan71 - Jun 8, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    Doesn’t Doc know the fix is in. All he has to do is consult his idiot fan base. Hey Doc, pack your golf clubs instead.

  11. mikejd12 - Jun 8, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    Classless fans, dumping beers on players! Now I hope they loose

  12. fanz928 - Jun 8, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    Doc needs to pack his bag next season to coach for miami heats

  13. turnmymicup - Jun 8, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    I could never bad mouth Doc Rivers. He is too good of a coach to even try. However assuming the Celtics are going to win and move on to the finals is not wise my friend. Especially after a complete team performance by the Heat. Everyone is getting so caught up in LeBron’s great performance they don’t see the bigger picture. True LeBron probably wont have that kind of game again but Miami held Boston to 79 points. Its not because the Celtics are old or had a bad night. The Heat played great team defense. Challenging shots and getting rebounds. Before Game 6 everyone wrote the Heat off. Now the series is going back to Miami. Doc Rivers can ignore the fact that the Celtics have to play Miami if he wants to. Im sure LeBron and Wade wont mind. Go Heat!

  14. seahawksbmx - Jun 8, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    Celts beat the Heat, then take out the Thunder. Ray Allen hoists the Larry O’Brien trophy high above his head and says, “This one’s for you, Seattle!”

    Yeah, go Green!

  15. kvh59 - Jun 9, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    Oh if only you had a team to route for Seahawks, you sound like you were a great fan. It’s a shame, one day the supersonics will lace them up again.

  16. seahawksbmx - Jun 9, 2012 at 3:45 AM

    Thank you, Sir. They will be back at some point…unfortunately they’ll probably suck while the former version is in the midst of a dynasty, but I’ll take it.

  17. ch8878 - Jun 9, 2012 at 5:05 AM

    What Celtics in another game 7 you don’t say.

    Celtics have had to go on the road all playoffs long so this isn’t no different and the fact there in another game 7 they should be the masters of game 7’s by now.

  18. labratre - Jun 9, 2012 at 5:46 AM

    Celtics will lose tonight, you can book it. Come on they had their run, and I was cheering em on. I like the big 3 and Rhondo as he came on to push that big 4 talk instead. Truth is, the Celtics will put up a valiant effort. Difference in the game tonight, Bosh and Wade. They’ll all have that scowl tonight. It’s over for the C’s! It was a good formula that lasted every bit of a 4-5 year run, may be wrong with the years, but, they had their time and it was a great one. It’s the dawn of a new day. So what if it’s fixed, who cares! If you are an NBA fan, a basketball fan, you have to be loving the thought of those finals. OKC, will smash the Celtics, but the Heat will trade blows with them.

  19. truthhurtstoo - Jun 9, 2012 at 7:27 AM

    Pretty arrogant for a team that backed into the playoffs… only the HEAT can play with OKC

  20. paulhargis53 - Jun 9, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    truth: Your ignorance is showing.
    The Celtics were 24-10 after the break.
    That’s hardly backing in.

    Be honest, you’d rather they lose now, than in the finals again.

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