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Celtics: We'll keep doing our thing

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Three-day breaks in the NBA schedule sort of feel like bye weeks in the NFL. So Celtics coach Doc Rivers admitted Friday that it's hard to resist the temptation to overhaul his team's game plan given that the break might have allowed him to add some new wrinkles.

But at the end of the day, the Celtics will settle for the most minor of adjustments, recognizing that they didn't get to this point -- up 2-0 over the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference finals -- by trying to be something they're not.

So what you've seen from the Celtics is just about what you'll get when the series resumes Saturday night at the TD Garden (ESPN, 8:30 p.m.).

"I probably drive my staff crazy because the more film you watch, the more things you see, and you gotta kinda cut off the temptation to change," said Rivers. "We're not a team that will change, we haven't been. When you have this much time, you want to put in five new plays and run two new defensive schemes. But you know that's not smart."

In the end, why mess with what's working? The Celtics have won five straight postseason games and are playing some of the most inspired ball of their 2009-10 season.

Plus, it's one thing to dip into the bag of tricks and catch a team by surprise -- gimmicks have a limited shelf life. But when the opposition knows what's coming and you line up and still win, that's the sign of a great team.

"We're going to do the same things," said Rivers. "Like I said in the Cleveland series, some teams have the ability to go small, go big or change. We unfortunately -- or maybe fortunately -- do not. We're going to be who we are and just be that."

Some in the Celtics' locker room expect the Magic to make some changes to reverse their fortunes. Celtics captain Paul Pierce is expecting to be guarded by Matt Barnes, while Rivers noted the Green might see more of reserves like J.J. Redick and Marcin Gortat, two players who have provided the Magic with a spark off the bench through the first two games of the series.

Back in Orlando, Magic coach Stan Van Gundy remained vague on exactly what moves his team will make as it tries to claw back into this series. He did suggest there would be no swapping of starters and stressed that his team is not "in panic mode."

The Celtics are ready for anything the Magic can throw at them, even if they're not expecting much in the way of tweaks.

"Obviously, they want to play better defensively, probably on me," said Pierce, who has torched Vince Carter for 25 points per game to start the series. "I don't know what they'll do as far as trapping and different matchups. They'll probably get J.J. Redick going; he's shown they've had some success when he's in the game. You think about those little things."

On Thursday, Rivers suggested there was no need for Orlando to overreact, but the Celtics are preparing just in case they do.

"They have to think that both games they could have won, so they're not going to make many changes," said Rivers. "We'll prepare for it. We work on the zone offense every day, though we've yet to see them run a zone. You have to work just in case. We work on them going big with Rashard [Lewis] at the 3. We work on that every day as well. And if it doesn't happen, it doesn't happen. At least you worked on it.

"The good news is, you do have time to work on this stuff. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter what adjustments we make -- and we'll make some, too -- the players have to play and they have to perform."

Ever since settling on what amounts to an eight-man rotation (with Michael Finley chipping in spare minutes) late in the season, the Celtics haven't wavered from what they are.

Of course, Boston has the luxury of a balanced offense in which a rotating cast of players can step up on any given night. The same can be said for an inconsistent bench that consistently produces at least one solid contribution per game from the mix of Tony Allen, Glen Davis, and Rasheed Wallace.

There's been plenty of times Rivers, with his team decimated by foul trouble, could have leaned harder on Shelden Williams or Marquis Daniels. Rivers did give a fleeting chance to Nate Robinson to provide a spark at times during the early rounds.

In the end, Rivers leaned heavily on what got Boston this far. And with a 2-0 series advantage, Boston has the luxury of not worrying itself into changes.

"When you're down 2-0, you do make changes, and we have to anticipate that," said Rivers. "They're not going to make many changes, and I've said it the whole time: We are who we are, and they are who they are. They're just going to try to do it better.

"We know that Barnes or [Mickael] Pietrus will probably guard Paul. Vince will go to Ray [Allen]. That's how a lot of us thought the series would start. Now they're going back to that. They'll go bigger more with Gortat and Howard in. Those are changes you expect.

"We're going to keep working and better our play as well. We know both games could have gone either way. It's not like we've done anything that special."

Echoed Pierce: "We're going to make some adjustments ourselves. We still haven't played our perfect game yet, so we're searching for that."

Chris Forsberg is the Celtics reporter for ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter.