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Doc Rivers talk gets Celtics back in their groove

Nov 24, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT

Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics, Paul Pierce Reuters

Last Wednesday night San Antonio went into Boston and pretty much did whatever they wanted against the Celtics, winning easily 112-100. They did it for a few reasons — Tim Duncan is moving like he is 25 again, for one — but in large part it was because the Spurs players stuck to their roles while Boston was less disciplined.

The tables flipped Friday night when the veteran Celtics went into Oklahoma City and beat the Thunder. Boston dictated the pace and controlled the flow of the game.

Kevin Garnett told the Boston Globe it all stems back to a talk coach Doc Rivers had with the team at shootaround.

Garnett said the key was the morning meeting, where Rivers reemphasized every player’s ’ role, and the cohesion was apparent.

“San Antonio left a bad taste in our mouth, I know we can play better than that. I told them I know we can play better than that,” Garnett said.

“Doc set us aside and broke us down as a team and I thought it was very helpful. It kind of clarified the air on guys’ responsibilities, their roles, and we came out and played like it.”

Those kind of undisciplined moments happen over the course of a season, it’s a smart coach that recognizes and corrects it early. The Boston players know what to do, it’s just a matter of getting them back in their groove.

  1. naterich21 - Nov 24, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Why do you bother writing about games you obviously didn’t watch? The game was in Boston

    • j0esixpack - Nov 24, 2012 at 6:45 PM

      Actually I hope Helin’s editors cut him a break.

      There’s nothing to spur on Eastern conference fans like a reporter with a West Coast (Laker) bias who consistently gets stories wrong.

      The bottom line is it’s good for readership!

      • bozosforall - Nov 24, 2012 at 11:41 PM

        Gets Boston whiners like you to cry like the little Puh C’s that you all are. Mission accomplished, Helin.

  2. liljere24 - Nov 24, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Last time I checked it was in Boston? Oh wait, we are just dumb readers who dont pay attention to minor details like where the game was played. Silly us

  3. jtchernak - Nov 24, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    The game was in Los Angeles c’mon guys

  4. j0esixpack - Nov 24, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    I get all my sports news from PBT where Lakers fans like Kurt keep me well informed.

    First I read a story about Perkins facing his former team, the Thunder, then apparently they get him back in time to face the Celtics

    Now, a day after the game, I read that the Celtics had a big road win in Oklahoma.

    Some may worry that a open Lakers fan like Kurt might give inaccurate or biased reports about the Celtics but clearly we have nothing to worry about. In fact every other reputable sports new source completely missed all these big stories.

    • bozosforall - Nov 24, 2012 at 11:44 PM

      So while you Boston losers watch Helin get paid, you all can continue to live in your moms’ basement and whack off to your Rondo posters.

    • jjordannba - Nov 25, 2012 at 1:34 AM

      Do yall all not know Kurt, He is a Miami Heat fan, not a Laker fan. Come on everybody should know this by now.

  5. dko83 - Nov 24, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    Gotta love Doc! The man is a born leader.

  6. bangwai - Nov 24, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Austin Massachusetts

  7. BigBeachBall - Nov 24, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    You whiners should try to be a san diego padre fan and watch any syndicated sports program….

  8. omniusprime - Nov 25, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    Will Doc Rivers please come talk to the Lakers, they need to find their groove since they have such lame coaching.

  9. 1972wasalongtimeago - Nov 25, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Biggest load of crap I’ve read in a long time. Are you saying the Celtics players didn’t know everyone on the team has a role and in order to win, all 5 guys must play their roles? KG just served up a big heaping slop of Bull Durham-style, media-cliche, B.S. and now it’s a feel good story.

    Next game, “Things were really messed up until the other day when Doc sort of pulled the team together and told us that getting the ball IN the hoop enough. That we need tp have more points than put opponents. That kind of clarified the air for us about basketball”. What a leader!

  10. j0esixpack - Nov 25, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Wow… Just what Kurt’s been hoping for. The endorsement of bozosforall.

    And he pretty much speaks for all homophobes who wear clown makeup.

  11. misterdreamer119 - Nov 25, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    They beat okc. Its a good thing.

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