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“There’s a likelihood of moves,” said Grousbeck. “Doc hinted at thinking about it. Danny’s phone rings all day long. I think February will be a busy month, but can’t predict yet.”
To be fair, these comments were made before last night’s soul crushing defeat in Atlanta. But the words are strong. Wyc doesn’t screw around.
Brian Scalabrine and Donny Marshall are also flummoxed:
That prompted Tanguay to ask Donny Marshall and Brian Scalabrine ‘how would you coach the Celtics?’
Donnie Marshall laughed and didn’t even want to touch the question, instead deferring to Scal.
Scalabrine put it point-blank:
“I think they need to get different personnel.”
Marshall added that the chemistry isn’t working.
“The mix of guys right now just isn’t a good thing,” said Marshall. “I don’t know what else Rivers can do to motivate these guys.”
Right now, Doc is still accepting blame:
So where does he go from here? How does he turn around a team that just completed one of the worst collapses in recent memory?
“I keep saying it, I gotta keep pushing,” said Rivers. “It’s me. I’ve got to figure out a way to figure out the buttons with each individual. Right now we’re trying to coach a group. Maybe we’ve got to coach each individual. We’re just going to keep searching.”
We can’t point the finger at one thing. It’s more than effort. It’s more than focus. It’s more than bench scoring. It’s more than Paul Pierce’s shooting percentage. It’s more than rebounding.
It’s all of the above and then some.
And, despite Wyc’s words, a mega-deal is unlikely. Ainge may move 1-2 players with the hopes the new mix adds a jolt to the core. But that’s all it is. Hope.
The rest of the links:
ESPN Boston – C’s crumble, drop 6th straight in Atlanta | Herald – Celtics find another way | Out to beat bad rhythm | Globe – Parish yearns for NBA coaching job | Hawks rally past C’s | Bradley starting to find range |