|Posted by shawn cassidy on April 22, 2013 at 2:55 PM|
Doc was more then happy with the Celtics film session yesterday. Was the effort there from everyone? Doc believes his guys learned from the film session, and their level of intensity should be raised as well.
"The film never lies," said Rivers. "It didn’t. I thought our guys were
great though, they saw what we could have done and what we didn’t do,
and again, I’m sure New York saw the same thing. I expect them to have a
great game tomorrow, and I expect us to play a lot better as well."
"I’m always pleased with [effort,]" said Rivers. "We played hard. So did they. We have to play better. It’s like I told our guys, hard is great, but hard and smart is more important. We made a lot of hard plays -- even Courtney [Lee] saves the ball inbounds [but led to an easy New York basket], that was hustling. So you give him an A for effort. Then the rest of the part is where you have to be smarter as a group. I thought we did a lot of that in the game the other night."
The effort was there, I can agree with that. The Celtics didn't want to lose this game, and that's when some guys took it upon themselves to win the game, and that doesn't work. From this film session I hope Doc realized that using only 8 guys may not work. Especially when you have Jason Terry 0-5. Terrance Williams should see some time, and I think his ball handling, and passing cut limit Boston's turnovers.
Pierce brings up patience, and that's key when your a team that wants to have a long playoff run. Some of the young guys don't understand playoff basketball, and perhaps it's the downfall of the Celtics, or it could be the saving grace. Who knows which way it will go. The young guys are good, and perhaps game 1 on the road rattled Bradley, and even Lee who hasn't seen playoff basketball since 2009. Green was good, and he didn't seem effected, but someone like Jordan Crawford looked timid and passive, and that's not him.
"Everything we didn't do well was pretty obvious," said Pierce. "I mean,
turnovers, defense was solid, offensive execution -- the main things
that led to the loss."
Added Pierce: "We've just got to be a little more patient, take our time, understand what sets we're running, understand who we're trying to get the ball to, continue to play pressure defense. Not to say that every game is going to play out. Who's to say that we're going to hold two of their starters scoreless or J.R. [Smith is] going to shoot bad or Carmelo [Anthony is] going to have a huge night? Every game plays out different. But the one constant thing, I think, is our effort on the defensive end and we have to control our turnovers. Those are the two biggest issues for us."