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#pounditSaturday, June 22, 2024

Doc Rivers disgusted with Celtics’ effort in loss ‘it was a joke’

Doc Rivers was furious after the Celtics blew an 11-point halftime lead and lost to the Bulls 93-86 in Chicago Thursday. Rivers said the Bulls were tougher than Boston, and he called the loss the team’s worst of the season.

“I’m just so pissed at the way we played,” Rivers said, frustrated after the loss. “Honestly, the playoffs are the furthest thing from my mind right now because (Thursday’s) not us. We haven’t been that way but we were tonight. I called the two timeouts to remind us to make a run.

“We were cool tonight. We were the cool Boston Celtics tonight. That’s what we looked like. You could see it, walking the ball (up court). We couldn’t get the ball inbounds? Nobody wanted to work. It was a joke. We were the ‘cool Celtics.’ And there’s nothing about me that’s cool, I can tell you that. You don’t play basketball cool.”

Boston lost the lead at the end of the third quarter and trailed the entire fourth. They lost to a Bulls team playing without Derrick Rose for the 12th straight game and allowed Luol Deng to go off for 18 points in the second half. The only C’s player who might have an excuse is Ray Allen, who is returning from an ankle injury. Seems like Rivers is getting antsy with the playoffs coming up in a few weeks, and no, I don’t see Boston winning more than one round.

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