|Posted on March 13, 2013 at 5:30 AM|
My minds fighting for words, George Foreman keeps punching the side my face with jab, after jab. I have a diluted focus, misting my mind. Alcohol, doesn't lay culprit to this mind fighting for words. I feel like my mind is locked in a prison, the present. shrinking from, this ominous task, that lies before me. This merry go round, in my head spins me out of control. I honestly should feel more anger, but I have become understanding perhaps, or even accustomed to games like this.
Doubts will be planted in our minds, and now the roots grow deep. How can a young team with Doc, and KG, plus Terry lay an egg as Doc said. It's hard for me to wrap my mind around this. Inspiration is scarce after this loss.
"I just thought we approached the game with the wrong mentality," Rivers told reporters. "I thought we were really cool tonight and they were really hard. And then I thought that everyone kind of thought that they were going to take up for Paul's points, instead of coming into the game with the right mentality. We grind games out and you play, you move the ball, you defend. You could see it early on -- I thought our guys thought, 'Well, let's trade baskets. They score, we can score right back on them.' But we couldn't do that."
Though the wide margin of defeat suggests otherwise, the Celtics only trailed by three (49-46) heading into halftime after shooting over 51 percent from the field over the opening 24 minutes. But Rivers already was displeased with his team's effort by that point and saw the issue only grow worse as Charlotte outscored Boston 51-28 in the second half.
"I just thought we laid an egg," Rivers said of Boston's second-half effort. "But I thought it was a byproduct of the first half, honestly. It just carried over. And we never could get it started.
"But they play really hard. I mean, I tell you, every time I watch them, you look at their record, you've got to give (Bobcats coach) Mike (Dunlap) a lot of credit, especially with the young guys. They played so hard, and we, honestly, just couldn't match how hard they played tonight, for whatever reason. That's on me. That's disappointing that I couldn't get that out of our guys. But we clearly did not. They were so much more competitive than us the entire night and I thought it felt like we had a Band-aid on the dam in the first half and then it came off and it just blew us open."
I think Doc set the tone in a sense when he rested Paul. He sent the message to his player, and to the Bobcats that this is an easy game we can win without Paul Pierce. I said in another post that Doc should have limited Paul tonight, and he should have given the Saturday game off. It would have given Pierce 4 days off instead of two. The Bobcats at home, would have been better than on the road Tuesday night in terms of resting Paul. It goes to show that the ball movement seems to work with Pierce. We had a lot of isolation Tuesday night.
"It's one game," Rivers said adamantly. "I mean, I'm not going to overdo it. I mean, listen, we were awful tonight. Our spirit was awful, the way we played was awful. But we've also got to look at our team as a whole. We haven't had a lot of nights like that. So I'm not happy with the way the game went, but overall, I like our team."
Rivers defended his decision to rest Pierce, and even joked with reporters that he should have sat Garnett as well.
"Oh yeah, definitely," Rivers said of being happy he sat Pierce. "Otherwise he'd have been part of that. What I was thinking was I wish I would have given Kevin the night off, too, in the middle of the game. That would have been terrific because now we have two guys who could have gotten some rest."
It's been this way with Boston for years. Rest over seeding, and I still haven't adopted that fully. I agree with Doc, but sometimes I think he makes mistakes on his decisions on when to rest guys. Doc stands by his choice, but I just don't get the lack of passion from KG, and others in this loss.