Nov 29, 2012, 10:50 AM EDT
Wednesday night after another Celtics loss, Doc Rivers was relaying a lesson most of us learned somewhere along the way:
It’s not the tough guys that get in fights.
The Celtics have lost three of their last five, were pushed around by the Nets and more importantly are a bottom 10 defensive team in the NBA right now. Rivers doesn’t like it and used no uncertain terms, reports A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com.
“If I’m Brooklyn and the league, you’ve got to think we’re pretty soft the way we’re playing,” Rivers said. “We’re a soft team right now; we have no toughness.”
But the Celtics fought back in that fight, you say…
“That stuff’s not toughness,” Rivers said. “All that stuff, that’s not toughness.”
The easy answer is that Boston’s toughness was traded to Oklahoma City, but it’s more than that. Last year’s Celtics were not soft. It is an attitude missing much of this young season.
How did the players take Rivers calling then soft?
“It’s the truth,” said Jeff Green. “That’s how we’re playing.”
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