Is Boston being overconfident?

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WALTHAM, Mass. --- Two wins away from the NBA Finals, the Boston Celtics have plenty of reasons to be confident.

Celtics forwards Kevin Garnett (right) and Brian Scalabrine celebrate after Boston beat the Magic 95-92 in Game 2 Tuesday in Orlando, Fla. The series moves to Boston for Game 3 on Saturday night and Game 4 on Monday night.  John Raoux/AP Photo
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Celtics forwards Kevin Garnett (right) and Brian Scalabrine celebrate after Boston beat the Magic 95-92 in Game 2 Tuesday in Orlando, Fla. The series moves to Boston for Game 3 on Saturday night and Game 4 on Monday night.

But overconfident? Don't count on it, no matter what Celtics star Paul Pierce said.

Before leaving the court after the Celtics took a 2-0 lead over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night, Pierce looked straight into the camera and said in a live, 60-second television interview, "We're coming home and close it out."

Coach Doc Rivers wasn't pleased.

"I didn't like it," he said Thursday. "I don't mind the confidence part. That's good. You've got to have confidence, but we want to be humble, and we haven't achieved anything."

The Celtics' 95-92 win in which Pierce scored 28 points sent them home with a chance to sweep the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals by winning Saturday and Monday nights.

"We still haven't played our best basketball," Pierce said. "This team is real humble. We're not taking these games that we won in Orlando for granted, knowing that they beat us here a couple of times during the season."

Rivers reminded his players of Orlando's 2-0 record in Boston during the regular season. He also knows the first two games were decided by seven points.

"We did our job there but we haven't done our job at home," he said. "As far as we're concerned, until that happens nothing's happened in the series."

Answering the first two questions Tuesday, Pierce praised the Magic and said his offense has improved because he doesn't have to focus on guarding LeBron James. In response to the final question, he said fans wouldn't let the team relax with a 2-0 lead, but finished with the phrase that bothered Rivers.

"It wasn't a big deal for me," Pierce said. "I'm just saying I wanted us to go home. I want our crowd to be ready. I want us to play our best, and I want us to win two games. And that's it."


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