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The players credit head coach Doc Rivers, who apparently stressed the importance of roles during the team’s Friday morning shootaround. Rivers didn’t discuss the meeting after the game — the players alluded to it after his press conference was already over — but he apparently lined up his entire team and, man-by-man, went down the line and reasserted to everybody what their respective roles are. It was a sequence that really resonated with the players and it showed on the court Friday night.
“Each guy is finding their role,” said Rondo. “Doc had a speech today about guys’ roles and I think tonight showed what guys took from it. A lot of guys responded well from it. You can go another way, but everyone in this locker room took it very well.”
Kevin Garnett was quick to echo Rondo’s thoughts.
“Doc kind of set us aside as a