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Coach(es) speak before Game 4

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  May 9, 2010 02:38 PM

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If you're expecting Doc Rivers to make wholesale changes with his team for Game 4, don't. Rivers just wants his team to come out and play better this afternoon.

"Just us playing at the right tempo," said Rivers. "I thought in Games 1 and 2 we controlled the tempo more, and I thought in Game 3 they completely controlled the tempo. I think we have to get back in control."

Rivers said the Celtics had a short film session yesterday, choosing instead to walk through some things on the court.

"There was a lot of stuff we could have watched," said Rivers. "I don't know if [Game 3] could have been any worse, honestly. They just took it to us. They were aggressive. They attacked us. We were on our heels the whole game."

LeBron James finished with 38 points in Game 3, but James's point total isn't the biggest area of concern for Rivers.

"I think you could live with what LeBron did if we stopped everyone else," said Rivers. "You really could. We've proven that you can win games against them where LeBron's had 40, he's had high 30's, and we've won a couple of games. But you can't win if LeBron has that, Jamison has that, Delonte West, and Mo Williams. Everyone on their team did their job."

On the other side, Cavaliers coach Mike Brown said he'd start Anthony Parker on Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo in Game 4. Brown praised Parker's basketball IQ.

"He's extremely intelligent," Brown said of Parker. "I wouldn't be surprised to see him coaching."

Brown, too, was concerned about making sure his team did not come out flat this afternoon. The Cavs came out flat in Games 1 and 2 of this series, and the Celtics came out flat in Game 3.

Brown said there is no fool-proof way to make sure his team comes out with the right kind of energy.

"If I knew I wouldn't tell you, because I wouldn't want [the Celtics] to steal all of my secrets," said Brown. "I think you just keep coaching, keep talking about it, keep pointing out what's good, what not's good, and try to demand more from the players."

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