“[The start of game] was awful, we are playing awful. I’m clearly not doing my job with this team. And I’m serious, I’m not trying to take a bullet for the team.
“I told the guys that, I’ve got to figure it out. Because I don’t think the guys are honest with each other. I just don’t think we have committed to being a good basketball team.”
It’s not good times right now with the Boston Celtics. They fell to 20-20 after a three-game losing streak, which followed a season-recovering six-game winning streak. We thought that loss to the New Orleans Hornets was nothing more than an aberration. Then they lost to the Chicago Bulls in overtime, which I suppose could be forgiven. But then they put up a goose egg against the Detroit Pistons.
Maybe Rivers is just trying to motivate the team but none of us sure saw this coming: a 20-20 record nearly halfway through the season. We all thought Boston was going to be better than this and we all thought Boston was going to be the team once again to likely challenge Miami for the Eastern Conference crown. Instead, they’re entrenched in the eighth spot. If they’re not careful, they could fall out of the playoff picture.
It is a long season; there have been similar times when the Celtics have been written off, only to do incredibly well in the postseason. But even this seems a little too much for Boston; in previous years, they weren’t .500 halfway through the season and they are right now. We’ll see if Doc’s words light a fire under his players. Otherwise, it may be time to finally break up these Celtics.