Doc Rivers could have used a bubble bath and a lemon spritzer on Friday night after he left the Air Canada Centre, or perhaps a Boy Meets World marathon and a full body massage. The Boston Celtics coach resembled a geyser the way steam erupted out of his head during the second quarter of Boston’s 86-74 loss to the Toronto Raptors, and matters didn’t improve much from there.
“I was really frustrated with our execution,” Rivers told reporters in Toronto. “We couldn’t run a play out of a timeout, so that’s just frustrating, [and] that’s focus or something. We have to fix that. Because we’ve been playing too well for this to go back down this road again.
“We’ve kind of worked out of all our kinks, then all of a sudden, the last couple games, it’s returned back out of nowhere. [Getting emotional is] part of coaching. It shouldn’t be, but it is. You just gotta keep finding the right button and it’s everybody — everybody gets frustrated with each other. I saw that today. Two guys knew the play, one guy didn’t — and just one guy didn’t. And everybody, it drains energy. Not being a professional drains energy. Being a professional is knowing every set you run, knowing your rotations, because it’s draining for the pros who know, who do the work.
“Mickael Pietrus, I’ll use him as an example. He’s been here the least amount of time, he knows every single rotation and every single set, because he’s a pro. [Not knowing the rotations and sets is] just unacceptable.” …
In a season in which Rivers has made it clear he won’t allow his team to lean on excuses, he was adamant that the Celtics could not blame Friday’s effort on Thursday’s overtime loss to the Lakers in Boston.
“If they want to use the overtime [Thursday] night, then we are not mentally tough enough to be a winner,” said Rivers. “If you’re tough, you come in and you grind this one out and win it, too. If you’re not, then you use [Thursday] night as an excuse.”
Does anybody have one of those Men In Black memory erasers? Cool. Let’s get jiggy with it. I mean, “Here come the Men In Black, they won’t let you remember.” I mean, sorry. Let’s hope the Celtics regain a sense of life tomorrow, or the meeting against the Bulls might get ugly.