Doc rips Celtics, calls team effort a "crime"

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"I had to use two timeouts in the first half to remind us that we actually had an NBA game to play and that we needed to play," a ruffled Rivers told reporters in Chicago. "I thought that was the worst loss for us this year, with the way we approached the game."

I think this team has shown great resolve, but right now, that's twice now [the Celtics have struggled in Chicago]. They get into it, they get frustrated, and our guys let go of the ropes. Bottom line, we’re not going to go a lot of places playing with that type of mental toughness. Chicago’s tougher than us right now. We’ve got three weeks [until the playoffs]"

That’s an unacceptable effort for us. I don’t say that very often. I don’t think I’ve ever said that. That was a crime...Listen, I’m just p---ed at the way we played," fumed Rivers. "Honestly, the playoffs are the furthest thing from my mind..."We were cool tonight. We were the cool Boston Celtics, that’s who we looked like. Walking the ball up [and] we couldn’t get the ball inbounds, no one wanted to work. We were the cool Celtics and there's nothing about me that's cool, I can tell you that. We don't play basketball cool."

Tell us how you really feel Doc? I think it's hard to disagree with anything he said there. I love the "cool" analogy. From now on whenever I see the Celtics stinking up the joint, I'm going to tell them to stop playing so "cool." My guess is the Celtics effort will be much improved Saturday night in Indiana. Oh and one more thing. Ryan Hollins is the worst rebounding, athletic 7 footer I've ever seen. No wonder Cavs fans were rejoicing in the streets when he was waived.  Either play JaJuan Johnson or sign someone else. Earl Barron, Marcus Lewis, Leon Powe, that Globetrotter who can dunk without jumping, Kama Chinen, anyone.