Celtics A Little Surly As They Prepare To Face Pacers

Apr 5, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers during the second half against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. The Bulls won 93-86. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE

The Boston Celtics arrive at Bankers Life Fieldhouse tonight to play the Indiana Pacers with a bit of an edge to them. After losing two tough games to San Antonio and Chicago, coach Doc Rivers made a point to call out his team to make sure they saw nothing approaching a moral victory in playing the Spurs to the final shot and losing to the Eastern Conference leaders.

According to a report from Gary Washburn (via Celtics Blog), Doc Rivers left his team with some words to stew on after losing to the Derrick Rose-less Bulls. Among the complaints from Rivers was that his team played it "too cool" against Chicago which helped lead to the loss. Kevin Garnett wasn't so sure about that assessment.

"That's disappointing, he said that to us,'' Garnett said. "I'm out there on the floor, I don't think nobody is out there playing [with less effort] or [half-hearted]. Maybe he assessed something different.

"The coaches obviously have to get us going, put us in the right position to obviously go out and execute the game plan, but if that's what he saw, that's what he saw. I can't go off that. I just have to prepare to play as hard as I can, be ready to play.''

No doubt Rivers was more interested in getting his troops focused on their next task, playing the Pacers, than he was dwelling on the past loss, but it appears to have caught their attention so the Pacers should expect a good effort from the C's tonight, which I'm sure they are.

We invite you to subscribe to the Indy Cornrows YouTube channel, follow Indy Cornrows on Twitter and like Indy Cornrows on Facebook.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Indy Cornrows

You must be a member of Indy Cornrows to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Indy Cornrows. You should read them.

Join Indy Cornrows

You must be a member of Indy Cornrows to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Indy Cornrows. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker