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Celtics toughen up in time

After Doc Rivers suggested his team was soft, it rallied to beat the Knicks

Updated: March 22, 2011, 12:50 PM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

NEW YORK -- Appropriately, it's a four-letter word, maybe the only one that isn't uttered on a routine basis in the team's locker room. But Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers was incredulous at his team's lackluster play Monday night against the New York Knicks and so, for the first time maybe in the Big Three era, he dusted off the dirtiest word in basketball.

Soft.

Now, truth be told, Rivers swears he didn't actually utter the word. As if even a mere mention might be taking it ...

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