Rivers admitted he passed along Collins’s message.
“I don’t think anybody should be that tired this early, but Doug’s right about the one thing these games: you play each other, you split them,” Rivers said of the two-game set. “That’s basically what happened.
“When you guys asked before the game — [the veterans] played a long time and so you’re hoping they have great mental toughness. I mean, if they don’t have anything else, that’s what they should have, and they do.”