Celtics coach Doc Rivers said the key to the game was the lack of energy and production he got from his bench. When asked why his team blew a 10-point first quarter lead, Rivers was curt:
“Well, we subbed,” he said. “That was different. Really. We went to the bench and that was about it. The one group starts the game playing – I don’t want to be corny but playing the right way. They just kept the game simple. When we went to our bench, not the same energy.”
Celtics assistant Kevin Eastman had an idea for why this was so.
“That’s because your energy guys start,” Eastman told Rivers.
Delonte West, Rajon Rondo, Ryan Gomes, Al Jefferson, and Kendrick Perkins started the game for the Celtics.
Rivers said he might be forced to shorten the rotation to seven or eight players to fix this problem.
“I don’t want to do this but I think I may have to,” said Rivers. “And that would be tough with the guys we have. But you can control your energy that way.”