Flip Saunders doesn’t sound like a coach worried about his future.
The Boston Celtics won Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final, pushing the Detroit Pistons to the brink of elimination and a possible shakeup.
Saunders has already outlasted his predecessors, Larry Brown and Rick Carlisle, both of whom lasted just two years.
But if Detroit loses in the conference final for a third straight season, there’s a chance Saunders won’t be back for a fourth year.
The Pistons’ nucleus, which has been together since winning a title in 2004, might also get broken up with another loss.
Saunders shrugged off the pressure on him going into a win-or-go-home matchup tonight at home, saying he’s excited about the opportunity.
“I really believe if we get Game 6, that we’re going to have a good opportunity in Game 7,” Saunders said yesterday.
If Boston falls to 0-3 in Game 6s this post-season, it will host its third Game 7 on Sunday night.
Paul Pierce said the last thing he and the Celtics are thinking about is being tired from their gruelling run.
“The only thing on my mind is getting a win, getting a step closer to being in the NBA Finals,” Pierce said after helping Boston beat Detroit 106-102 Wednesday night to take a 3-2 lead in the series. “I don’t think fatigue is going to be a factor for the rest of this series. The guys physically for the most part are feeling good, and it’s all about mental toughness right now.”
Celtics look to avoid 3rd straight Game 7
Flip Saunders doesn’t sound like a coach worried about his future. The Boston Celtics won Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final, pushingthe Detroit Pistons to the brink of elimination and a possible shakeup.