It’s a tough night to be a Boston sports fan to put it kindly. Another Boston Celtics loss was probably an afterthought to most local fans with the Pats going down, but Doc Rivers had a press conference after tonight’s blowout loss to the Detroit Pistons that will have the Celtics back on everyone’s radar.
We’ll have full analysis of this contest in the coming hours, but for now, Doc’s comments on the team’s recent struggles speak volumes. We’re halfway through the season and the Boston Celtics are officially back to being a .500 team. Rivers made clear he’s not happy with this kind of inconsistent performance and if things don’t change soon, there could be some roster turnover sooner rather than later. Here are Doc’s comments (via Chris Forsberg at ESPNBoston.com)
“I think this team wants everything easy. They want the easy way out. They want to win easy. And I told them the only way you’re going to win easy is you’re going to have to play hard. The harder you play, the easier the games become. We’re taking the wrong approach. I’ve got to either find the right combination, the right guys, or we’re going to get some guys out of here. It’s the bottom line. Because this group right now, they are not playing right. It’s in them to play right. But right now they haven’t been — either because I’m not getting to them, or they are not getting to each other. But at the end of the day, either we’ve got to do that, or we’ve got to make changes.”
Is Doc overreacting? Who is he specifically referring to here? And will this team respond? We’ll discuss it all in the coming days, but for now you can bet it will be a long ride to Cleveland for this team tonight. Doc likes to send messages through the media and tonight he sent one loud and clear.