“We got fired up for one game, against Oklahoma City, and then other than that we let our guards right back down,” Rivers said.
“You know, Kevin, Paul, and Rondo and a couple other guys – it’s almost like they understand the jersey they’re wearing and the pride. And everyone else – and not everyone – it’s almost like they think because they put the jersey on that they are something.
“You’ve got to earn it here. And you’ve got to understand when we play, every team is attacking.
“It’s a big game for them. What I saw tonight, honestly, was I thought Brooklyn looked at this game as a huge game. Huge game. They want to make the playoffs this year, they want to win the division. They’ve struggled with us for how many years?
“And we showed up to play basketball. That’s what I saw.”
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