“If we’d won,” Rivers said following the Celtics’ 82-75 loss in Game 6, in which they shot 33 percent from the field. “Close games are great to me. I don’t care what the score is, I really don’t. You know, what I don’t think people give credit to is people that play so hard defensively that you get stops. I don’t see why that’s an ugly thing. When guys are defending and diving on the floor and taking charges, give guys credit for contesting shots.
“I thought there was a lot of that, too. We did miss open shots, there’s no doubt, but their defense was good.”
The Celtics’ loss forced a Game 7 on Saturday to determine the Eastern Conference semifinal series.
Check out Rivers’ complete postgame news conference in the video above.