CHICAGO — After a difficult night for players and coaches, the Celtics were in a reflective mood after their 97-81 loss to the Chicago Bulls. Doc Rivers blamed himself for being unprepared and out-coached by close friend Tom Thibodeau while Rajon Rondo also acknowledged that the Celtics were unprepared for the onslaught of Derrick Rose and Co.
So Rondo requested a rare post-game meeting with Rivers likely to discuss matters. Rondo asked for the meeting and talked for a few minutes with Rivers in his office, perhaps to clear the air about play calling and Rondo’s up-and-down performances.
After compiling 46 assists in the past four games, Rondo collected just six last night on 3-for-10 shooting. His counterpart, Derrick Rose, scorched the Celtics for 30 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds and 2 steals.
Rondo was visibly disappointed after the game.
“Think we need to play with a better sense of urgency,” he said before his meeting with Rivers. “It better be a wakeup call, if not, we won’t make it far. We’re a completely different team (than last year). It’s not the same team. We’re not going to be able to turn it on like we did year. I don’t know what we’re waiting on but these types of games we have to find a way to win. It’s a roller-caster and right now we went back down today.”