Tweetable items from Doc Rivers' news conference
Tweetable items from Celtics Coach Doc Rivers' news conference:
--Rivers said he believes each game of this NBA Finals series has its own identity. He said he thinks the series has been so close because both the Lakers and Celtics are "defensive-minded."
--Rivers said he thought the Lakers sorely missed Andrew Bynum, but pointed out that Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol typically play together late in the fourth quarter anyway.
--He credited the Celtics' resiliency in being able to tie the series twice thus far. Said Rivers: "Our young guys are loose. They're extremely confident."
--Rivers said he isn't satisfied one bit with Rajon Rondo's free-throw shooting (26.7% in the Finals), but credited his willingness to keep driving to the basket.
--Rivers credited the maturity of Glen "Big Baby" Davis.
--Rivers said he believes the Celtics are still championship contenders after this season. Said Rivers: "Hopefully we sign Ray [Allen] back -- I think I can say that. If not, I just got fined."
-- Mark Medina in Boston
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