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Your Morning Dump… Where playing well has to become a habit

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"And what if we don't [play well]? Should we quit and go home?" asked
Rivers. "You just show up. And you work on it, and, if you win and play
well, great. Here's my question for you: What if it's a
'must-play-well,' and we play well and win? Should we stop playing then,

"It's a long season, guys, and it's a game-to-game thing. Today, we
had this talk, guys were chattering too much. I reminded them, 'Guys, we
played well for one game. What the hell? It doesn't matter. You gotta
keep doing it. It's gotta become a habit.' And I don't think it's become
a habit for us yet. That's what is has to become."

ESPN Boston:  Doc to C's: Just play

I know exactly how fans are going to react if the Celtics revert to their crappy play.  Our post game recap will get another 50 comments from people who say "that's it, I'm done with these guys."  Chuck might use that picture of the elephant crapping on that guy.  We'll all declare this team is done.


Doc still has time to find something that hammers home the point, if he needs to, that playing well for one game doesn't erase the boos from a few nights ago.  Slip so soon after playing well and all we fans will see is a team that doesn't care to… or simply can't… get the point.

Coming up, Page 2… where the Celtics even trash talk each other

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After completing his first full-squad practice as a member of the Celtics, one major difference stood out to Michael Finley
about his new team.

“A lot of talking – trash talking, I guess,” Finley said. “It’s a lot
more aggressiveness, a lot more of just letting the players go out and
play, a lot less teaching than we had in San Antonio. But each team is
different, each approach is different and I think the approach that Doc
(Rivers) and the coaching staff takes with this team is suited for this

Herald: Finley runs smooth transition game

Michael Finley has played in 3 games so far and yesterday was his first chance to go through a full practice.  That shows that there is absolutely no chance for these guys to practice much during the season… and that Finley is pretty good at picking things up quickly. 

So far, its looking like the Finley signing will have a positive effect on the team.  It's also looking like he'll be taking minutes from Tony Allen.  You can mix and match those guys depending on the situation.  Need a stopper?  Bring TA in.  Need some offense?  Finley's your guy.

So far… so good.

The rest of the links:

Herald: Celtics relish the challenge  |  Scouting report: Celtics at Cavs  |  Bill Walker, Knicks stop Mavs  |  Globe: Thumbs up for Shaq-less Cavs  |  ESPN Boston: The importance of Perk  |  Screens by 'Sheed  Sunday Practice report: Finley's first session  |  CSNNE:  Finley fitting in just fine  |  Souza: Newcomers to thank for spark  |  WEEI:  Camerato: Cavs a measuring stick for C's?  |  Lex: Finley can still shoot

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  • You use the phrase “no chance for these guys to practice much during the season”. From the interviews I’ve heard/read from coaching and players, it seems it is a choice not to practice. Have you heard the same thing?

  • You’re right… Doc has definitely given these guys more time off than most coaches would give their teams. But its not like they got they got every day between games off. There is still limited practice time during the season.

  • DRJ

    Just wanna add: There is one thing coming soon that will, I think, CERTAINLY hammer home the need to play well every time out, and that’s the playoffs.
    Fin’s remarks are very interesting to me. Particularly when he says “a lot more of just letting the players go out and play, a lot less teaching.” I’ve had the disturbing feeling for a long time now that Doc is not a very good basketball coach, as opposed to being an excellent “players’ coach.” I’ve suspected that “players’ coach” was code for “he gets along and communicates with the players very well… but we’re not sure how much actual basketball coaching he can do.”
    No wonder the team seems out of control so often. That’s what happens when you let the students run the classroom. From what Fin said, that’s what it sounds like.
    I don’t like it. I wonder how Fin feels about this. He strikes me as a very smart and savvy kind of guy.
    I also wonder how long Doc’s gonna stick around. He has family down in Florida, and is reportedly always considering moving back there. Is Pop available??