Post-game Reactions

Losing is hard. This season will be hard. Some players don’t like to take that lying down though. After the Celtics surrendered a 22-point lead in the final 18 minutes of last night’s game, Gerald Wallace made his opinion felt after the game about what happened.

“We got selfish. Instead of worrying about winning the ball game we were more worried about our stats and getting points. It showed. We went from a team that was together and moving and playing together in the first half to a team that was five individuals out on the court, everyone playing for themselves, and it showed on the defensive end,” Wallace said.

So why did it happen?

“I don’t have a clue. You gotta ask everybody in here. I don’t have a clue. I really don’t understand it. I’m trying to figure out what’s more important, winning or padding your stats. This was a game we were supposed to win easily, without even the starters playing in the fourth quarter. Instead, we got selfish as a team. We didn’t move the ball, we let the ball stick instead of pushing the ball, and their second unit came in and they handled us, and we didn’t really know what to do.”

Wallace wasn’t the only one with harsh words for his teammates. Jeff Green put the onus on himself.

“It all starts with me,” said Green. “I’ve got to take the initiative to stop things like that. I can’t allow our team to go in that direction. I take responsibility for that. Next game, we’ll do better.”

It’s nice to see Wallace step up and take a leadership role with this crew. However, I wonder whether it’s too much, too soon. Wallace has called out this team twice, just one month into his tenure with them. With 80 games remaining on a schedule, he can’t keep this pace up, or his refrains will start being tuned out.

After a 22-point collapse at home, can you blame him for speaking out though? The C’s response to the loss will tell the tale.




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  • dslack

    Goodness, no, Jeff, don't put the onus on yourself. 4-13 with 4 turnovers — you're doing plenty. 1 assist. Maybe move the ball more. Jeff Green deciding he's the team's savior is the last thing this team needs, both in the short term and in the long term.

    • CelticsBIG3

      Just what this teams needs down the stretch of games is more ill-fated Jeff Green isolation plays! We ran all night, had a lot of success with it so lets go to endless Green clear out iso plays and walk the ball up the floor on every possession. Green is not the only offender. Wallace and Bass clear outs as well. What terrible basketball that fourth quarter was; but man Green was terrible. What a ball hog down the stretch.

  • hax

    Players know if their stats look good, they're probably packing their bags for a better team, the way Danny does business.

  • High Rollers

    By itself, it sounds like too much. But there’s another presence, Rondo’s, that’s probably going to keep guys from feeling ridden too hard. Just a guess. It’ll help for him to be on the floor, of course. Christmas?

    • High Rollers

      Odds of postseason contention aside, Rondo on the floor for the C's should be akin to Truth and Ticket for the Nets last night against Miami. That sure was fun to watch.

  • hax
    • CelticsBIG3

      I don't understand that trade at all.

      • hax

        Celtics dump 4 mill in cap space, and Deng's 14 mill comes off the books at the end of the year as well, and gets the team out of the worst contracts, with the only true asset lost being Olynyk, and that assumes he becomes a starter-level nba player.

        Bulls get all-star PF to put them over the top, along with a cheaper SF with talent and energy, and Lee for the bench.

        Blazers get rid of 'trade-me', get a guy with similar numbers, along with two potential future stars.

        • YouSerious?

          The Blazers would never, ever, ever do that deal. Boozer might be putting up stats right now, but LA is a much better player and has proven to be over the last few years. Also, there's no way you can look at Brooks and KO to this point and assume they'll both be "stars". "Role players" is more appropriate. LA might scream "trade me", but that doesn't mean the Blazers will get desperate for anything.

  • CelticsBIG3

    At least Vitor Faverani is pretty awesome. Unfortunately he'll probably get traded knowing how Danny operates.

    On another topic, Avery Bradley is really playing badly. It shouldn't come as a shock that he was not extended by October 31st. Why is he taking so many pick and roll jumpshots off the dribble? That's one of the worst, least efficient shots in basketball. Phil Pressey NEEDS to get more time.

    • dslack

      He's too short, has too crappy handles, and is too crappy a passer to do anything else….

      • CelticsBIG3

        If you play him with a good ball handler he is effective with back cuts on the baseline without the ball, and is a good spot shooter from the corners. Otherwise I agree.

  • emg

    I think Bradley may become a smarter player in SG as a result of being asked to play PG. Rondo will return and Bradley will be cutting to the basket and taking open 3s like in the old days. But I think there's a chance that he'll be smarter as a result of longer minutes at PG. And when offensive strategy becomes more second nature to him, we might find his shot coming back.

  • skeeds

    MAN I like Crash. For a guy who's been "blessed" with long tenures in crappy teams, his focus on what it means to play the right way is admirable.
    And no, it won't get stale, or it shouldn't, at least. We have a team full of young "gunners", inexperienced, immature kids basically. Someone needs to be shouting at them to get their shit together constantly. Unfortunately, we have no KG to do that. Fortunately, the guy speaking up is the hardest working player on the court at any time, so he's leading by example.
    Big ups for Faveriani, representing euro bigs like he should. I swear, NBA should have a rule that big guys should all go play in Europe for 2 years instead of college. If half the players his size had such strong fundamentals and understanding of their position, this league would be such a different place…