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Gerald Wallace stands firm: Celtics need to play harder

Gerald Wallace said his criticism of the Celtics’ effort in a loss to Minnesota was meant to help motivate the team.
Gerald Wallace said his criticism of the Celtics’ effort in a loss to Minnesota was meant to help motivate the team. Charles Krupa/Associated Press

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WALTHAM — In the wake of his critical comments that questioned the Celtics’ effort, veteran swingman Gerald Wallacesaid that the Celtics coaches asked him to “relax and ease up.”

But Wallace more than stood by his comments after practice here Tuesday.

“I’m getting fussed at by the coaches, they’re trying to tell me to relax and ease up,” said the 12-year veteran, “but the main thing is, I want the guys to compete.

“If we lose every game, if we lose all 82 games, but we lose them going down fighting and competing hard, then I can live with that. I just can’t live with losing and we didn’t compete, we didn’t give our best effort and we just gave the game away.’’

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