|Posted on December 31, 2012 at 6:30 AM|
"Defensively, we were bad the whole trip besides the one effort in [Brooklyn], where we beat, in a lot of ways, a broken team at that point, I guess. I didn't know that. So we've just got to do better," Rivers told reporters in Sacramento. "I've got to figure out the right guys who want to do it consistently every night.
We've been hearing this all season, and it's old at this point. The right guys?! Danny brought int guys. Their just the wrong guys.
"Every time we look like we're going to make a run, we give up a layup or open 3 and a lot of it is just -- No. 1, we've got to just guard the ball better, keep the ball in front of us. I thought the Clippers and Golden State just went [isolations] for the most part and just said, 'We're going to score over your guys, 1-on-1.' And then tonight we just had breakdowns again. So it's disappointing."
"We thought we could win them all. We really did," Rivers said. "But when you don't play well, you don't win. The Knicks came in here and lost the other day, so it's not like we're the only team. The NBA, you can lose every night and you can win every night, and I really believe that. But to win, you've got to play well. Winning is hard, and I don't know if all our guys get that yet. You have to play hard to win an NBA game, one game. And it's difficult and we're not doing it."
I hate being Mr. Negative all of the sudden. I usually believe in this team without doubt. But they leave me choice. I don't feel like holding out hope that this team turns it around like last season. It was a lockout season. So the Celtics slow start was do to that. This season the Celtics had camp. Doc seems to beleive in this team, but it's blind faith at this point.