|Posted by shawn cassidy on December 2, 2012 at 12:55 AM|
"No, I'm not mad at all," Rivers told reporters in Milwaukee. "We had a bad rotation leaving Jennings, but that was the effort, again. So, I'm not upset at all over the loss. They made some shots, they fought back. Give them a lot of credit, down 17-0, they could have easily thrown in the towel and they just hung in there. I thought both teams hung in there and they made some big shots, we missed some. It's always going to be a make-miss league."
Boston's 17-0 start turned into a 27-11 advantage at the end of the first quarter, but that commanding lead wouldn't last long. The Celtics surrendered 36 second-quarter points, as Milwaukee connected on 14 of its 22 shots in the frame and closed within one going into halftime. Though they boasted the slimmest of leads at the break, Boston's chances of putting the Bucks away for good were pretty much gone.
"We had a lot of chances," said Rivers. "It was really the second quarter when we gave up 36 points. Overall, I thought our guys really played hard. They did everything we could do. We missed a lot of good shots down the stretch. It was just a tough loss.
"Our rhythm was great and then we kind of start subbing and our rhythm gets upset. We weren't going to keep the shutout, so you knew at some point they were going to make a run, and they did."
I agree with Doc. The damn 36 point second quarter hurt the Celtics. Boston put up the great defensive first quarter just allowing 11 points. I'm upset about the loss, because the Celtics should have won.
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