“We had no focus, so I thought we deserved to lose,” Rivers said.
“The bank shot that Gallinari hit was the basketball gods punishing us
for not having great focus.”
Here was Garnett’s take: “It was the basketball gods hurting us.”
Glen Davis chose to tell a parable.
“I was surprised with our play today,” he said.
“But that’s the way
it is. If you mess with the game – if you plant bad seed – then you’re
going to reap a bad harvest.
“We took them lightly. We have to play. Pure and simple, we have to
I feel like I'm at the point where I can start recycling old Celtics quotes without anyone knowing a difference.
How many times are lesser teams going to beat the Celtics before the Celtics STOP taking teams lightly? I mean… it's only been 77 games. You'd think that, by now, you'd understand that EVERY… SINGLE… TIME… you've taken a team lightly, you go through this.
Let's fast forward a little.
Hey Celtics: whichever team you face in the first round is a team you're supposed to beat handily. DON'T TAKE THEM LIGHTLY. I don't want to be putting posts like this up explaining why we got bounced in the first round.
Coming up, Page 2… where that debacle of a last play is explained
“It was for a three for Ray,’’ coach Doc
Rivers said, succinctly summing up the strategy before adding a
bit of sarcasm. “You actually have to execute it to try to get it so . .
. ’’Rajon Rondo tried
to let the play develop, but from what he saw, the defense wasn’t
giving Allen a good enough look.
“I didn’t think Ray was open,’’ Rondo
said. “I thought they did a good job, they switched out on us. I tried
to get it out to Rasheed and it was too late.’’
Allen said when he came around the corner,
he felt like he was in position to take a good shot, but the ball never
got to him.
“I don’t know
when I came off if Rondo didn’t see that I was open,’’ Allen said. “I
don’t know what he had. Right when I came off, I was ready for it. I
don’t know if he thought I wasn’t open or what.’’
We keep advocating for Rondo to get the ball in situations where there are only a few seconds on the clock… but this doesn't help our case.
Make a move, man. Do something.
Any morning after losses to the Knicks and Yankees is a bad one.
The rest of the links
Herald: Doc Rivers' concern growing | Globe: Celtics let defense rest | ESPN Boston: Out of focus | DJ's wife on HOF | First impressions | Energy star | WEEI: Injuries could impact standings | Lack of focus dooms C's