|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.