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Defense dooms C’s

Celtics coach Doc Rivers was as unhappy with his team after Friday night’s loss to the Sixers as he has been all year. Rivers took almost 20 minutes to emerge from the locker room and speak to the media.

“Every single guy thought that their job today was to divvy up the shots,” said Rivers. “No one came today to think about defense. And you could see it from the beginning of the game. Not one single player in our locker room today thought about how they were going to help us on the defensive end.”

Rivers thought his players came out trying to prove themselves as capable scorers.

“They thought about Wally and Paul’s shots,” said Rivers. “We ain’t outscoring anybody with what we have. We have to play great defense. I saw guys miss shots and they were really frustrated, but when a guy scored on them they weren’t frustrated. Heck, after the fifth time (Kyle) Korver stuck it in your face, I would have shown some frustration.”

Rivers spared only one player in his postgame comments.

“I thought Delonte (West) came with the right spirit,” he said. “Other than that I didn’t see any silver lining from any single player. I can take a loss, but not this way.”

Gerald Green said the team took Rivers’ comments well.

“It wasn’t tough because I think every player realized it was coming,” said Green. “At the end of the day we need to get stops. And Doc’s right. We can’t match the points with Paul and Wally out.”

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