Doc's Take: 'We are playing awful'

January, 20, 2013
1/20/13
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After the Boston Celtics dropped their third game in a row, falling 103-88 to the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills, coach Doc Rivers sounded off on his team and suggested potential changes are needed if Boston can't sustain a higher level of consistency.

Rivers spoke for a mere 90 seconds before ending his postgame press conference. Here's the transcript:

"[The start of game] was awful, we are playing awful. I’m clearly not doing my job with this team. And I’m serious, I’m not trying to take a bullet for the team. And I told them that. I said, ‘We've got to find something where every night, all 12 guys play the same way.’ We did it for three games in a stretch. I told them that games 4 and 5 in that [six-game] winning streak were garbage; we just won the game. I've got to figure that out. I told the guys that, I've got to figure it out. Because I don’t think the guys are honest with each other. I just don’t think we have committed to being a good basketball team.

"I think this team wants everything easy. They want the easy way out. They want to win easy. And I told them the only way you’re going to win easy is you're going to have to play hard. The harder you play, the easier the games become. We’re taking the wrong approach. I've got to either find the right combination, the right guys, or we’re going to get some guys out of here. It’s the bottom line. Because this group right now, they are not playing right. It’s in them to play right. But right now they haven't been -- either because I’m not getting to them, or they are not getting to each other. But at the end of the day, either we've got to do that, or we've got to make changes."

Asked if the six-game winning streak simply masked a need for changes, Rivers added, "I don’t know if we need changes, I’m saying that if we don’t get it right we may. The six-game winning streak was great, three of those six we played tremendous basketball. The other three we won the game. That’s it for me. Thanks."

Hop HERE to watch the full press conference video from Comcast SportsNet.

Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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