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BOSTON (AP/CBS) -With the Celtics trailing the Heat 0-2 in the Eastern Conference semifinals, why not have a legend who has been in that situation come in for some advice?
On their second of three days off between games Thursday, the Celtics watched film, walked through plays and worked out lightly. John Havlicek, who won eight championships in 15 seasons with Boston before retiring after the 1977-78 season, looked on from the sideline with 17 championship banners hanging from the walls of the gym.
“I said, ‘Which one of those banners were you 0-2?”‘ in the series, forward Glen Davis said Thursday, “and he said the one that stood out to him was the 1969 (one), when they were down 0-2 and came back to win it in Game 7 against the Lakers. And he was just saying, ‘It’s going to take everything in you to fight and claw back to get back to that 2-2.’ But then it’s going to take something special to finish them off.”
Big Baby Talks With John Havlicek
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Balloons were supposed to fall from the rafters when the game was over, but the Celtics made sure they never did.
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