CLEVELAND -- Approximately 36 hours of reflection did nothing to change the mind of Celtics coach Doc Rivers. He is demanding his team improve and play with more consistency or, yes, roster changes could be in store.
The Celtics did not practice Monday in Cleveland, only going through a film session at the team hotel. But Rivers addressed the media Tuesday morning for the first time since threatening trades after the Celtics’ 103-88 loss to the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night.
“I think we’re a better team than what we’re playing and I think we have to (play better),” Rivers said before the team’s shootaround at Quicken Loans Arena. “I think we have to improve our play and we do have to improve the way we play and if we don’t, then something’s not working, either something I’m doing or something. It needed to be said.”
Rivers said he wasn’t concerned about the players’ reaction.
“We need to play better and we don’t need to play better for one night,” he said. “It’s not football where you get a week to readjust and then you get to play well and then you get a whole other week. We need to be a better, consistent basketball team. I’ve told our guys this 100 times (the solution) is in the locker room but it’s not on the floor. We have to get it on the floor and we have to be a consistent team.”
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