One would think Doc Rivers would be hard up to explain his topsy-turvy Boston Celtics.
This losing streak came out of the blue. The Celtics had won six straight and seemed ready to end January on a high note.
So much for that strategy.
Rivers was furious Sunday when the Celtics were ripped apart by the Detroit Pistons 103-88. It was an embarrassing loss that had Rivers seething, especially a lousy performance with a 27-18 deficit in the first quarter.
“It was awful,” Rivers lamented. “We are playing awful and I am clearly not doing my job for this team and I am serious. I am not trying to take a bullet for the team and I told them that. I said we have to find something where all 12 guys play the same way.”
Even when his team had a winning streak going, Rivers wasn’t exactly in an upbeat mood about it. He sensed that despite the win.
“We did it for three games in a stretch. I told them that Game 4 and Game 5 in that winning streak were garbage,” Rivers said. “We just won the game so I have to figure that out because I do not think the guys are honest with each other. I just do not think we are committed to being a good basketball team.”
The six-game winning streak is a distant memory.
“I do not know if we need changes,” Rivers said. “I am saying if we do not get it right then we may. The six-game winning streak was great. Three of those six we played tremendous basketball and the other three we won the game.”