Record breakers

“We’re not just going to match up with teams. Let’s not kid ourselves.” — Celtics coach Doc Rivers following Boston’s franchise-record 14th consecutive loss.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers went to an unorthodox starting lineup of Rajon Rondo, Delonte West, Ryan Gomes, Brian Scalabrine, and Al Jefferson to try and end an historic losing streak Friday night.

No dice.

“Our bench didn’t do much for us tonight,” said Rivers. “That was the difference in the game. I thought out starters played great. I liked the lineups because we wanted energy. What we have to try to do is make energy a talent for us.”

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“The problem is, all your energy guys are on the floor, and then when you have to sub, it’s a drop. You can see that.”

Rivers was asked about his lineup after the game.

“When you’ve lost fourteen in a row and you have the record you have, minus Delonte West and Al Jefferson, no one’s a starter,” he said. “Everybody else, every night, you can change if you want to.”

  • West had a very quiet 11 rebounds and 11 assists for the Celtics. The last Celtics player to record a double-double without getting into double figures in scoring was Antoine Walker. Walker had seven points, 10 rebounds, and 14 assists against Washington on April 6, 2003. West’s and Rondo’s combined numbers: 29 points, 17 assists, 17 rebounds, and four steals in 80 minutes.

    “Rajon was fantastic with his energy,” said Rivers.

    West finished with just six points in the game.

    “I was really trying to get him involved more shooting-wise offensively,” said Rivers. “That’s why we moved Rajon to the point, so we could get Del more shots. But it didn’t work out that way.”

  • Clippers All-Star forward Elton Brand had some high praise for Jefferson after the game.

    “Al Jefferson is a really talented young big man,” said Brand. “He’s always improving, not just year-to-year but month-to-month. You see different moves he’s bringing out. He’s solid already in this league and he’s working hard.”

    Brand was asked if Jefferson reminded him of any other big men.

    “He finishes around the basket well,” said Brand. “He kind of has his own style.”

    Brand had 26 points and 19 rebounds against the Celtics Friday night.

    “He just killed us, period,” said Rivers.

  • When asked if he had any comments on setting the franchise record with 14 consecutive losses, Rivers said bluntly, “No.”
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