For C's, defense will set them free

Boston must make stops while freeing Pierce and Rondo to do their thing

Updated: May 8, 2010, 10:02 PM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Each of the first four questions Doc Rivers fielded to start his daily confab with the media Saturday focused on the Celtics' offense. When the fifth one continued that trend, Rivers paused to politely make one thing clear.

"Listen, if we're going to go over the offense when we just gave up 120 points, then we have a problem," Rivers said a day after his team's 124-95 thumping at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series.

"That ...

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