“No matter who’s on the floor, we have to have a defensive presence,” Green said. “We have to make sure every shot for them is contested and every time down the floor we’re making them work. No matter if Kevin’s on the floor or not, we’ve got to be together, we’ve got to be on one page, so it’s on us.”
Rivers was hoarse after the game. And even that is tied to Garnett’s absence. “When Kevin’s out, it just hurts your defense, period,” Rivers explained. “And not only just his play, but his ability of accountability. He can tell everybody the stuff that, right now with him out, I have to say it. That’s why I have no voice.”
But without Garnett, the rest of the Celtics had no heart in another humbling loss Sunday. The Celtics are playing it smart by resting him for the playoffs, but his return can’t come soon enough.