Celtics coach Doc Rivers admitted his team was tired but did not blame tonight’s loss to the Suns, the Celtics’ first loss of the season, on fatigue.
“I mean, we’re tired right now, but shoot, they are, too,” said Rivers. “They’ve been on the road for I don’t know how long. But we’ve got one more in this stretch of 8 of 12. You know, eight games to start the season in 12 days is just brutal. But everybody’s going to go through this stretch at some point. We just happen to go through it early.”
The Celtics play in New Jersey tomorrow night and then have Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday off.
“When [Dudley] came in, I thought the game changed,” said Rivers. “And hell, it’s rare when I’ll say, ‘Keep Grant Hill on the bench,’ but we wanted him on the floor instead of Dudley, the way Dudley was playing. He was just a thorn in our butt.”