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Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  March 24, 2008 06:54 PM

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A smattering of pregame quotes from Celtics coach Doc Rivers...

- On Sam Cassell:

“He’s coming along,” said Rivers. “We’ve still got to have some more practices with him. He runs what he knows. But he’s still getting it. It’s a slow process. We’re going to try to just keep throwing him in there.”

-- On P.J. Brown:

“He’s been great,” said Rivers. “He’s real solid. You feel comfortable already with him on the floor. The one game I thought it was an energy and athletic game, and I played [Glen Davis] and [Leon Powe] together. The other game you like the combination of [Brown] with one of those two, the wild young energy guy with the solid veteran is a great combination. So it’s good off the bench.”

-- On his son’s Georgetown team losing to Davidson yesterday:

“What happens when you think you’re going to win and you lose, is you wake up in the morning and have nothing to do. They had plans. He was like, ‘There’s no practice today.’ That’s what happens in our league and on the college level as well. Empty. That’s how they’re feeling.”

-- On playing time as his team approaches the playoffs:

“Ray [Allen] and Paul [Pierce] are the only two guys that I’ve been concerned with all year. We’ve had so many little injuries at the two and the three all year. But other than that Kevin [Garnett’s] minutes, 35-37 minutes a night, that’s been great…I would love to give all of them a little rest, but I want to keep playing them because I think keeping your rhythm is very, very important.”

-- On his team’s goals before the playoffs:

“To get better going in. To keep improving, and to keep working on sharpening our tools. We’ve been doing it for a while. You want to win the games obviously, too.”

-- On the toughest thing for young players to comprehend during the playoffs:

“Urgency. For 20 years it’s been the same thing. The urgency of the playoffs, young guys, they just don’t understand it…Every possession you have to play with the urgency of last-play possession. Every possession, you can’t throw the ball away and gamble, because you need the ball. You cannot turn the ball over. I’ve always thought that the young guys never get that.”

-- The Celtics plan on practicing three times this week.

-- Tony Allen expects to play tonight. Rivers expects to play him. Allen has been out with a lower back injury.

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