Every 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.
“I just thought we were out-thinking ourselves tonight and I should have probably stopped it, and I didn’t,” Rivers said. “I let it continue and the old saying is, ‘An athlete in thought is a non-athlete,’ and I thought we played in thought and that makes you slow, that makes you tentative, and I thought that’s who we were tonight. I thought, offensively, we were even worse. We came off our best ball-movement game where everybody trusted the offense, the pass. Then tonight, when you’re playing a team that’s got a win streak like they do, everybody wants to beat them, and I thought every single individual on our team wanted to beat them and every individual tried to do it by themselves, instead of just playing the way you play.”
Sometimes you can psych yourself out, and clearly that’s what Doc thinks happened last night. Doc used the “everyone tried to do it by themselves” line in the mid-game interview as well. I’m not sure what gets into these guys’ heads… maybe people need to realize that there isn’t anyone on this team that can consistently play Super Man anymore.
“We got away from stuff that we had been doing, that’s been working for us,” Garnett said. “We weren’t firm enough; you have to be firm.”
I don’t know what being firm means. I do wonder if the Celtics have to do another ego-check and become a much more team-oriented and less individual-oriented squad. Riding the hot hand is one thing, and some guys will have hotter hands than others, but these guys need to move the ball and find open guys rather than go 1-on-1.
The rest of the links:
CSNNE: Celtics-Clippers review | Barbosa’s return probable during trip | ESPN Boston: C’s developing Melo’s confidence | Rondo, KG maintain All Star pace | WEEI: Fab Melo and the debate over D-League dominance | Globe: 5 things we’ll learn from Celtics on this trip | Clippers trounce Celtics | Herald: Joke’s on C’s now | Doc feels for friend | Second fiddle in LA | Celtics can’t stop streaking Clippers