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C's lesson: If they cruise, they lose

Boston's inconsistent play is part of a dangerous veteran mentality, says Doc

Updated: November 23, 2010, 5:05 PM ET
By Peter May | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Doc Rivers has seen it from both sides. Early in his Boston incarnation, he had a team of callow kids and could never be sure which group would show up from game to game. He now has the opposite of that, sort of. It's a veteran team. It's a better team, for sure, but because veteran teams have a tendency to, er, coast, the coach also can't know for sure what group he will see on any given night.

To wit: What Boston Celtic fan out there didn't expect this team to go into Toronto last ...

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