Stevens and Rondo have built a bond in year one of their relationship. Their biggest point of emphasis is the hate they share for losing. I think it's something that will keep them close, and it could also bring up some tough trying times between the two. Sometimes in the darkest hour, the worst comes out of people. And I think these two so far have shown that they have each others backs in a dark time.
"I don’t want to take anything away from [the Wizards] because it’s a big night for them, clinching the playoffs and I thought they played great. But we didn’t provide any fight tonight."
Brad Stevens knew right away that this team was off. He called a timeout two minutes in, and soon after Rondo attempted to carry this team by taking the ball to the rim. It was effective, but it didn't last past the first quarter. Knowing both of these two, they'll rally their team heading into Friday's showdown against the 76ers.
"We got what we deserved tonight. For the most part, in the last month, we have competed and played very, very well. Maybe even since the Golden State game at home, but every other game I felt like we were in and we competed."
Brad didn't sound like a coach who was going to pat his guys on the back after this game. He shouldn't either. To be fair, he's right, the Celtics have been competitive in most games this season despite losing most of them. So, what's next after this bump in the road.
"This is a very difficult challenge. To play 82 games with great tenacity but that’s what we are paid to do and we didn’t tonight. I don’t see that becoming a trend, I don’t think it’s part of a trend, I think it’s just that we didn’t have it tonight. And that’s not good."
I think the Celtics win the next game, and it's not asking much. The 76ers just ended their record 26-game losing streak. The Celtics should be able to handle this team, but when your a team that's near the bottom like the Celtics. You don't have guaranteed wins. Will see Friday how the Celtics respond after their embarrassing loss.