|Posted by shawn cassidy on November 2, 2013 at 1:25 AM|
Wallace is probably right, and I personally believe the Celtics were a bit selfish because they had noboy on the floor that could guide them down the stretch.There was a lot of isolation out there.
As for Wallace he can only do so much because he's limited on the offensive end. Wallace can hit some three's, and at times Wallace can take the ball to the rack, but he's not the guy down the stretch that the C's need. I think Wallace must keep some of this in house. If he wants to be someone that the players listen to. Then he needs to bring it up on the practice floor, and after games.
The Celtics relinquished a 22-point lead over the final 19 minutes Friday night, and maybe part of Wallace's anger is because of that. The Celtics got away from the first half play that knotted them 63 points in the first half.
Inside the Boston locker room, 13-year veteran Gerald Wallace, who has already called out his teammates for a lack of effort in the preseason, sounded off on hero ball.
"We got selfish as a team," said Wallace. "Instead of worrying about winning the ball game, we were more worried about stats and getting points. It showed. We went from a team that was together and moving and playing together in the first half to a team that was five individuals out on the court, everybody’s playing for themselves. And it showed on the defensive end."
Why did that happen?
"I don’t have a clue. You gotta ask everybody in here," said Wallace. "I don’t know. I really don’t even understand it. I’m trying to figure out what’s more important, winning or padding your stats? Because this is a game that we were supposed to win easy, without even the starters playing in the fourth quarter. Instead, we got selfish as a team, we didn’t move the ball, we let the ball stick, we stopped pushing the ball. And their second unit came in and manhandled us, and did whatever they wanted to do."
Echoed Green: "[Ignoring personal stats is] the biggest thing right now. That’s what we have to do. In order for us to take the next step to getting better, we’ve got to figure out ways to put egos aside, put your pride aside and just buy into what Coach Stevens wants. That’s the only way we can win."
I get why Wallace did this, and maybe his way is the right way. The frustration level must be high for everyone after a loss like this. Wallace must understand what this year is about. Things won't come easy, and the wins won't come any easier. When it comes to Jeff Green. I was actually looking at Jeff to be a bit more selfish.
Wallace has been vocal, and it seemed like he was the leader for the time being. But I get the feeling that guys don't listen to Wallace.