That's what Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett displayed at halftime of the Orlando loss.
"All I know,'' said Boston coach Doc Rivers, who as a rule joins the players in the lockerroom after granting them a five-minute cooling off period at halftime, "is that when I came in, Rondo and Garnett were both standing in front of the chalkboard. So I guess they said something.''
"They were telling us we were a step too slow and they were telling us we weren't into the game,'' said Celtics big man Mikki Moore in a dispassionate and highly-edited translation. "They're our teammates, so they tell it like it is. It's a different kind of frustration: They see us not playing like we should; to us we're playing hard but it's just not going our way.''
I cannot begin to express how much I love this team. Part of it is the fact that Rondo had the sack to get up there and be a leader along with KG… and part of it is that the team dyanmic is strong enough to accept that kind of "colorful" criticism… especially from this 23 year old kid.
Anyone can "love" a championship team. But these little things glimpses into the team dynamic are what really make a team special in the eyes of fans.