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Your Morning Dump… Where that was a team building loss

Avery Bradley posterized kevin durantEvery morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

“Every once in a while you lose a game and you have a team-building game. Tonight was a team-building game for us,’’ coach Doc Rivers said. “I’m rarely happy, I’m still not. We lost the game. There’s still no moral victories but that was absolutely a team-builder in our locker room and that was terrific.’’

Globe: Celtics only half bad

I love how Doc was touting the virtues of this moral victory while simultaneously declaring such things do not exist. It's like having a martini with Big Foot and explaining to the bartender how Yetis are fake.

Effort is a huge part of any team's success, but the Celtics have not brought the necessary effort every night.  That's going to happen with these Celtics.  We've been crying about it for the entire Big 3 era.  And don't give me "2008 was different" because that 2008 team is the same team that couldn't win on the road and went to 7 games in the first two rounds of the playoffs. 

Can a game like this, plus rest and a return to full strength really be enough to turn things around?  

Here's the reality of the Boston Celtics:  They really need everyone to be at their best all the time to be the team we thought they'd be.  Some teams can withstand some guys not playing well.  But the Celtics need everyone in the game at any point in time to be playing at full potential all the time… ESPECIALLY the bench guys.  

And maybe those are the guys who needed a confidence boost the most.  Avery Bradley is certainly playing better now than he was even a couple of weeks ago.  If we can get Dooling and Pietrus playing with confidence… and then add Bass to that mix after the break… we might have a little something there.  

Yes, I'm trying to stay positive again.  But I do it because I do see the potential there.  I'm not throwing my hands up in the air and quitting because there's no point.  I know this team is blowing up in the offseason anyway.  But if these guys can play up to their potential, this February disaster will be erased.  If not… it might still be erased… and replaced by a March that much, much worse. 

Related links:  Herald:  Celtics certainly not OK

On page 2:  the All Star selection brightened Rondo's day

"You could tell, it brightened up his day," Perkins told "You could tell, he felt like he should have been in there in the first place."

[…] "I knew it was bothering him," Perkins said.

What tipped Perkins off was when Rondo went out and had 32 points and 15 assists against Chicago, and followed that up with 35 points against Detroit.

Both breakout games were played shortly after the league announced the Rondo-less All-Star reserves.

"Any time he comes out and he's aggressive on the offensive end, where he's taking shots … I already knew what time it was," Perkins said. "He was going out there and making a statement."

CSNNE: Al Star selection brightened Rondo's day

I already know where this is going.  

Related links: ESPN Boston:  Did Rondo deserve All Star honor  |  Herald:  Rondo's gift: All Star appearance  |  Globe: Rondo gets wish, lands All Star spot

The rest of the links:

WEEI:  Three questions as the All Star break finally arrives  |  Another Celtics comeback falls short   

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  • “I already know where this is going.”
    Is this how you say “Chuck was right.” ??

  • I’m really glad that one of the most selfish Celtics I can remember feels better now that he’s been added to the All-Star Game.
    Meanwhile, I’m still waiting for him to figure out that it’s a team game, and petulantly throwing a basketball at an official hurts your team.
    REALLY disappointed in the Celtics for not sending him home. Period.

  • KY Celts fan

    I know Doc is talking about a team building loss and moral victories, but I’m not buying it. I wasn’t buying it last night. The recap talked about how the team crawled its way back from a huge deficit instead of packing it in, and that is supposed to be a sign of heart or resolve or something.
    BS. It’s not a sign of anything. It’s just how this team plays. We’ve done it time and time again this season, Rondo or not. OKC, Dallas, Chicago, Indiana… we dig ourselves into a huge hole in the first half, claw our back in the 3rd, and fade in the fourth. Last night wasn’t a moral victory; it was the continuance of a pattern.
    And I’m sorry, but I don’t get all the praise for Avery’s defense last night. Yes, he had some cool blocks, but Westbrook scored a game high 31 pts. For a guy whose suppose to be “the best on ball defender in the league” as he’s been dubbed, his man shouldn’t be scoring the most points in the game.

  • “Any time he comes out and he’s aggressive on the offensive end, where he’s taking shots … I already knew what time it was,” Perkins said. “He was going out there and making a statement.”
    This is proof he plays when he wants to

  • Gix1

    Playing with a dislocated elbow, being one of two starters to show up in shape for the beginning of the season and always hitting the floor for loose balls makes him one of the most selfish celtics ever? Get a clue. Rondo is not the problem with this team. He’s being handcuffed by the supporting cast not the other way around.

  • I agree on this ongoing pattern of falling behind, but with all the injuries once Doc went to the bench the game got out of hand. They didn’t mentally check out, which is good. But it doesn’t change the fact they are a poor rebounding team vacant of a post up offense. Therefore they rely heavily on jump shooting, which is why they’re susceptible to the kind of run OKC put on them last night.
    FYI on AB
    Westbrook shot 5-16 33%, 1-2 3p on him on the floor
    In 16 minutes with Bradley on the bench …
    12-21 58%, 2-3 3p
    Dooling obviously is out of sync and was not ready for the challenge.