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Doc Rivers right to threaten Celtics

CLEVELAND — Doc Rivers spent nearly 20 minutes addressing the Celtics after Sunday night’s lackluster 103-88 loss to a Pistons team that looked uninterested in its game three days earlier against the Knicks in London.

Yet the host Pistons revisited their Bad Boys days, beating up, outhustling, and playing with more passion than the Celtics, who have lost three straight after a six-game winning streak. When Rivers kept his team sequestered for so long in the locker room at the Palace of Auburn Hills, it was obvious something was brewing.

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