“Just like last year, everyone had written them off. You can never write this team off.”
The injuries the Celtics have sustained have wiped out what was once considered this team’s greatest strength: depth. Ancient history, that.
Avery Bradley, who needed surgery on both his shoulders before he could play this season, said that, before the team went on break, there was much discussion about staying in shape because most of the remaining Celtics realize their minutes will skyrocket.
“Everybody’s really been on that because we don’t have that many people, so we need to make sure over the break that we stay right, for the team,” he said.
No matter the injuries or the challenges, Rivers said the Celtics “choose to live.”
He added: “We’re not going to just roll over.”
Veteran guard Jason Terry said the Celtics’ resiliency starts with their coach.
“Doc has never given up on us,” he said. “He said our goal is still the same — and we believe him.”
Terry then referred to the All-Star break as a good opportunity to step back, regroup, and prepare for what he called a “magical run.”
“Because it is going to be magical,” Terry added, with emphasis.
“And we all believe that.”