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Doc Rivers was none to pleased with Celtics effort Thursday

Apr 6, 2012, 11:59 AM EDT

Celtics forward Garnett and head coach Rivers react to a foul called on Garnett in the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Atlanta. Reuters

A lot of teams have done it this season — seen the Bulls did not have Derrick Rose suited up and relaxed. Played it cool. Only to find out the Bulls are pretty good without him.

Boston did that Thursday — they came out without their usual fire and it caught up with them in the third quarter when the Bulls took the lead and never looked back.

That ticked off Doc Rivers. Here is his post-game press conference.

“I had to use two timeouts in the first half to remind us that we had an NBA game tonight.”

“I thought that was the worst loss for us this year, with the way we approached the game.”

“Chicago was just too tough for us.”

With the playoffs now just a few weeks away coaches are starting to send messages, either through playing time or ripping your team in the media. Rivers went the second route.

Somehow, you know these veteran Celtics will be a little more focused when the playoffs do arrive.

  1. mistercharitystripe34 - Apr 6, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    You can’t ignore this Celts team. Veteran teams are dangerous in the playoffs. I bet Thibodeau knew this and knew that Bulls needed that win last night.

    • bozosforall - Apr 6, 2012 at 1:31 PM

      Boston isn’t winning anything. Only idiot Boston fans think otherwise.

  2. mikedunleavysucks - Apr 6, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    “None to pleased”? PBT’s daily checklist:

    1. Post five stories about the Magic being in turmoil
    2. Post three stories about how great Lebron is
    3. Ignore the Bulls
    4. Do all of the above using awful grammar and spelling

  3. bozosforall - Apr 6, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Thibodeau showed who the better coach was, which is why Rivers is so upset. Missing his biggest star, Thib still beat his old team. Shows the REAL reason why the Celtics won their one recent title. Thib’s defense.

    • scalfor3 - Apr 6, 2012 at 8:49 PM

      doc has gone farther in the playoffs without thibs than thibs without doc. doc rivers is easily one of the top 3 coaches in the nba

      • bozosforall - Apr 6, 2012 at 8:57 PM

        Not even remotely true. Doc Rivers’ best finish without Thibs is him losing in the Conference Semi-Finals last season, while Thibs’ top finish without Rivers is losing in the Conference FINALS. In fact, take away the three seasons that Thibs was Rivers’ assistant and Rivers either misses the playoffs or loses in the First Round every other years except last season.

        Top 3 coach in the NBA. That’s a laugh. More like Top 3 coach that fell into a good situation like the one that he fell into when Boston traded for KG and Allen to team up wiht Pierce and when Thibs (an assistant with 15 straight seasons where his defense ranked in the top 5) agreed to be his assistant coach.

        Rivers will be watching as Thibs wins multiple titles in Chicago. Count on it.

      • scalfor3 - Apr 11, 2012 at 1:20 AM

        bozos you must have conveniently forgot that the Cs went to the nba FINALS and took it to game 7.

        also doc won coach of the year for taking a crappy orlando team to the playoffs years before even coming to boston. dont let facts get in the way of your argument

  4. jtchernak - Apr 6, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Well before I read the comments I guessed that bozosforall would make some assanine idiotic comment and I was right

  5. BurkieInBoston - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    They’ll have a good chance of winning 1st Round series if they stay in #4 seed & get home court … that’s about it though.

  6. kelvinmchale - Apr 6, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Bozo talking smack on an article that no one is even reading.

  7. zackd2 - Apr 6, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Lack of effort? Should we blame Melo or Dwight? Hey KG is an upcoming FA right? Always blame the upcoming FA. Or is it the guy who just got paid? Then it’s Rondo’s fault. Maybe the long time veteran who’s tired with the time, so it’s Pierce, definitely blame Pierce.

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