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Doc "acting like were the 2008 team, and were not"

Posted by shawn cassidy on January 26, 2013 at 6:30 AM



I have been on Doc more this season than any other. I'm starting to feel for Doc, because he hasn't found the cure if their is one. Credit Paul for this call out. He wrote yesterday that Rondo, and Rivers should have gotten together over the summer, or even during camp. They should have reworked the offensive sets. Doc shed some light into how hew feels yet again.



“Last night we liked the effort and we lost the game,” Doc Rivers said of the Knicks game. “Tonight we liked a quarter and a half and we lost the game. You’ve seen the flashes, but it comes out the same.

“I told our guys that you just can’t win without humility. In the first quarter and a half it was a clinic on how to play basketball, how to play defense,” he said. “And then we started breaking rules that you shouldn’t break when you’re in grade school. Our transition defense was a joke. We weren’t getting back, we kept standing. And then once the game became an eight-point game, you knew it was going to be a hard game. As I told our coaches going out (for the third quarter), if this game is close, it’s going to be tough for us.

“Give them credit, they made shots, but it was our approach. Like I told them, who do we think we are? We’re under .500. We got a lead and started acting like we’re the 2008 team, and we’re not. We haven’t earned that right.”


The Celtics act like they won the East Finals last season. But right now they're the laughing stock of the NBA along with the Lakers. Frankly the Celtics may fall further than the Lakers if they keep this up.  The defense got the C's the 27 points lead, and the defense allowed a 19-0 run  by the Hawks during the third quarter. Bradley was murdered on the defensive end just like everyone else. Nobody is safe after this loss, nobody. Doc expressed how he feels about this team saving their best basketball when it counts in the playoffs.


"Not this group," Rivers said following Friday's 123-111 double overtime loss at Atlanta. "The groups in the past, yeah, we had to do that. We had to not play Shaq many minutes, or rest Rasheed (Wallace, now with the New York Knicks) and Kevin (Garnett) and Ray (Allen, now with the Miami Heat) and Paul (Pierce). We got nine new guys here. They've never done this."


This team is new yes, and that means they should be hungry. Tonight I saw a hungry Green, and Lee. In that case, Doc should pull a struggling Pierce, and just role with Green, or Lee. Doc did go with Lee a lot tonight, but maybe not enough. The Celtics are running out of time, excesses, and everything else under the sun.

 

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4 Comments

Reply Celticslifer
3:49 PM on January 26, 2013 
We only have three players from the 2008 team, so is he talking about the Big Three? Because this team has no right to act that way.
Reply paul
5:48 PM on January 26, 2013 
Thanks Shawn. I didn't talk much about it, but I was pissed at both Doc and Rondo for not appearing to work on the offense together this summer. I DON'T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT RED BULL THIS SUMMER, RONDO. No Red Bull world tours. Do Alcatraz, maybe, and that's it. Concentrate on your game and on working out the offense with Doc. Both of you guys get your damned priorities straight. Please.
Reply jlil89
12:11 AM on January 27, 2013 
I think I read that Lee did not play a single bit in the third quarter when Atlanta made their monster rally from behind. That's inexcusable for the coach to allow that. The second the Hawks scored 8 unanswered points against, he should have called a timeout and give playing time back to the guys that gave us the monster lead in the first place.
Reply paul
5:19 AM on January 27, 2013 
jlil89 says...
I think I read that Lee did not play a single bit in the third quarter when Atlanta made their monster rally from behind. That's inexcusable for the coach to allow that. The second the Hawks scored 8 unanswered points against, he should have called a timeout and give playing time back to the guys that gave us the monster lead in the first place.


As I understood it, Green was, in essence, benched for good play too.