“Jeff was great,” Rivers said. “He attacked early on. They did a good job after that of clogging [the lane] up.
“I thought Jeff made plays and we missed shots and the more we missed, the more they could clog it up to take away his drives.
“I couldn’t have been happier with the first half of Jeff. That was terrific.”
As for playing without star players, Green said it “allows us to just play free.”
He continued, “At the end of the season, I think a lot of guys’ confidence — we’re going to need it come playoff time.”
Playoff time is creeping closer, but the Celtics seem no closer to being ready.
Among other items on the to-do list, they still need their stars to return to full strength, to the court, and to a normal rhythm.
But the regular season is nearly gone.
If the Celtics have issues still to work out before the playoffs begin, there is sparse time remaining to do so.
At least they’ll have a break Saturday when, as Terry said, they’ll face a “terrible” team.