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Gerald Wallace calls out ‘selfish’ Celtics teammates after loss to Bucks

Nov 2, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

O.J. Mayo, Gerald Wallace AP

The Celtics started off just fine on Friday against the Bucks, getting out to a 13-point lead after the first quarter and extending it to 16 points by halftime.

It all came crashing down in the final period, however, when Milwaukee outscored Boston 34-15 to come away with the victory and send the Celtics to 0-2 on the young season.

Boston is expected to be bad this year, after trading Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Nets for rebuilding pieces and aging veterans with bad contracts.

Gerald Wallace falls into the latter category, and apparently he didn’t get the memo that this would be a very long year in terms of wins and losses. Wallace ripped his teammates following the loss, claiming they were more concerned with getting their individual numbers than they were interested in helping the team win.

From Ben Rohrbach of

“We got selfish,” he said after the Celtics blew a 22-point lead in a 105-98 loss to the Bucks. “We got selfish as a team. Instead of worrying about winning the ballgame, we were more worried about our stats, 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, everybody playing for themselves, and it showed on the defensive end.”

And who might be the stat-padding offenders?

“I don’t have a clue,” said Wallace. “You’ve got to ask everybody individually. I don’t know. I don’t even really understand it. I’m trying to figure out what’s more important, winning or padding your stats, because this was a game that we were supposed to win easy 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, we stopped pushing the ball, and their second unit came in and manhandled us and did whatever they wanted to do.”

A quick look at the second half box score makes it clear that Wallace was talking about his guards. As a team, the Celtics had just two assists on 33 field goal attempts over the final two periods.

Wallace has been hard on his new teammates previously during the preseason, and this is the second time he’s specifically used the word “selfish” to describe them.

A bright spot for Boston was the play of starting center Vitor Faverani, who finished with 18 rebounds and six blocked shots. But we’re guessing that the effort required to put up those kinds of individual numbers isn’t what Wallace was talking about.

  1. drewzducks - Nov 2, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Gerald, you obviously didn’t get the memo and an “anonymous” G.M. would like to have a word with you, upstairs.

  2. valeb2012 - Nov 2, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    One word: Jeff Green. Okay, two.

  3. northstarnic - Nov 2, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Gotta love NBA coverage. This gossipy crap takes priority over analysis of the actual play on the court. For example, the Wolves completely dismantled the Thunder last night, but that is less of a story than this he said-she said drama. NBA in a nutshell.

    • Kurt Helin - Nov 3, 2013 at 4:00 PM

      We’re two games into the season. The Lakers beat the Clippers. Not to knock the T-Wolves who I picked as a playoff team, but the second game of the season is not a big deal. Sorry. Also, you clicked on this story, showing me it was important to you.

  4. scalfor3 - Nov 2, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Issue was more the C’s just running out of gas. They don’t have the offensive talent to score consistently in the half court, but the athleticism to be an excellent running team. They ran their way to that lead, but got tired at the end and the offense got bogged down as a result. Rebounds that Faverani (love this guy so far) were gobbling up in the first half were finding their way to Bucks shooters for open 3s in the fourth.

    On a related note, 0-2 baby! Bring on the lottery! Wiggins!

  5. spthegr8 - Nov 2, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Funny, I thought they lost because they SUCK!!!!!

    • jimeejohnson - Nov 2, 2013 at 6:00 PM

      But you’re an idiot so it doesn’t matter.

      • spthegr8 - Nov 2, 2013 at 8:51 PM

        Shouldn’t you be on the road following the Heat like all the other little groupies????

      • jimeejohnson - Nov 3, 2013 at 1:43 PM

        Sorry I called you an idiot. You’re just arrogant. I am no Heat fan: but I know a great player like LeBron, unlike you, whose judgment is clouded like any pea brain right wing bass turd’s.

      • spthegr8 - Nov 3, 2013 at 4:34 PM

        They deleted my last comment. Sorry Kurt., maybe I was little too harsh on Lil Jimmie. You calling me dumb is like Puke telling Crap it smells good. If your not a Heat fan, your the BEST Male Internet Cheerleader I have ever seen. When did I ever say LBJ isn’t great. ?? Typical Heat fan, no substance. Just pointless rambling!!

  6. misterdreamer119 - Nov 2, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Gerald does realize he plays in the NBA right? Thats what non championship contender teams do. Hog the ball and play no defense. Bill Russells shaking his head!

  7. timb12 - Nov 2, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    His chances of being traded go up by the minute.

    • eugenesaxe1 - Nov 2, 2013 at 5:31 PM

      And that’s the whole idea…

  8. the54 - Nov 2, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Already tired of this guy. He cried when he was in Brooklyn, and said they blamed it on him for failing. Guess it’s his turn to blame people. There’s a reason this guy can’t stay anywhere too long. Throwing your co worker’s under the bus at a new job? Not the smartest thing he could do. Especially if you’re not that good in the first place. He can throw people under the bus again with his new team in February.

  9. observingii - Nov 2, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Are you kidding? No team in its right mind would take on Crash’s dumb contract.

    • eugenesaxe1 - Nov 2, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      At the right price, nobody’s untradeable.

      • jimeejohnson - Nov 2, 2013 at 6:01 PM

        Even Kobe.

      • eugenesaxe1 - Nov 2, 2013 at 6:12 PM

        If someone’s willing to kill their future drafting abilities in exchange for putting more butts in the stands now and merchandise sales…

  10. wowwowbad - Nov 4, 2013 at 3:39 AM

    GW3 is the man, and he just cannot forgive guys just give up even they’re lottery team waiting for redemption. He just cannot understand those loser/surrender attitude, you’re rebuilding, OK, but you still have to compete!

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