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Doc in good spirits after crushing loss

Posted by shawn cassidy on March 8, 2012 at 2:20 AM


Before the 103-71 beatdown at the hands of the 76ers, Doc Rivers had said he was pleased with his team. "I think we’re in a good place," he said. "This is the best place we’ve been in all year."

He wasn’t going to take it all back after the blowout. He’s been around long enough to know that this one had ‘L’ written all over it, given the fact the Celtics had played two overtimes in three days and Philly had had the day off on Tuesday.

"They played great. We didn’t," Rivers said. "I don’t remember a lot of games like this. The one good thing about coaching a team like this is that we don’t have a lot of nights like this."

The coach owned up to the rather obvious. "I didn’t think we had great will," he said. "It’s probably a by-product of back-to-back overtime games, emotional games. You just can’t have a lot of those nights."

Rivers said prior to the game that he sees the team coming together now that (most) everyone is healthy and he has decided on a rotation that has Garnett at center.

“Our team is executing well,’’ he said. “They understand who we are. It’s taken all year to kind of get there, but we’re starting to figure out who we are. We’re not there yet, but we’re getting close and when we do (get there), I think we’ll be really good.”

I think we're lucky we have Doc as head coach, but Doc needs to own up a little more. I think he is a little narrow minded. When it comes to change.

What will happen to change? Will change change as all things? Or will it develop immunity, and embrace hypocrisy? Will change resist change, and go against its doctrinaire? Why, will change change not? Should nothing be permanent, even change?

Our world changes daily by seconds. Our lives in the roller-coaster of time.The noon gives way to the moon.The dawn turns dusk. At intersections, one enters, another exits. One moans, another mourns.One rejoices, one regrets.

Doc should regret the fact he wouldn't dig deeper into the bench. We have known for years that the C's struggle in back-to-back games in a second night. Especially as he pointed out that the C's went through two tough overtime wins at home.  I have been thinking for years that Doc should use his young guys, or his bench more in the second game of a back-to-back. This team has a good young core off the bench, and we should have seen it used with Rondo. In the end the Celtics made giant leaps last week, and into this week, but a step back  tonight may have happened. Time will tell, because everything will get that much harder real quick here for the Celts.

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Reply paul
3:34 AM on March 8, 2012 
Nice, especially the line about the intersections! I think it's shocking that Doc would Talk this kind of happy happy after such an awful defeat, and after being horribly outrebounded two nights in a row. I feel like you Shawn that tonight was a big step back. The bad habit resurfaced. Everything revolved around the Big Three, and all they did was take Js. It's so important that we try to be less predictable. Why couldn't Pietrus start tonight? Why can't Bass take center at times, so teams don't quite know what to expect, and can't just gameplan to push Garnett around? Why can't JJJ and even Moore see more action? Why can't PIetrus and Rondo, or Bradley and Rondo, press a team that is powerful inside? WE HAVE TO BE MORE FLEXIBLE. Only a team with an overpowering lineup, like OKC, or Miami, can be totally predictable.

And what kills me is that we aren't dogmatic about the single thing we should be dogmatic about. We must must must establish Rondo's aggressive, penetrating game early. Even if he's missing layups, we still need that. That is what makes our offense dynamic. It plants energy seeds that sprout throughout the offense. We've got to have it.
Reply Laker hater
4:09 AM on March 8, 2012 
Nice post Shawn . I dig it. Doc needs to play Bradley more without question.
Reply paul
9:58 AM on March 8, 2012 
Laker hater says...
Nice post Shawn . I dig it. Doc needs to play Bradley more without question.

We need to press more, and Bradley can help us do that.
Reply Franklin
10:26 AM on March 8, 2012 
Bradley seems like his short time on the floor is used well, and why not use him more? I just don't understand.
Reply jlil89
3:04 AM on March 9, 2012 
This really sucks that Doc's decision making caused us yet another embarrassment. Who knows what could have happened if we gave that ball game to everyone else but the big 3. It probably would have been a hell of a lot better than the ass whooping that we received.