Boston Celtics Basketball: Enough With the Swagger, Where’s the Pride?

December 19th, 2009 by Nick Gelso Leave a reply »
We would all like to describe our team as confident and capable. We know from experience that the Boston Celtics are just that. Friday night's loss against the lowly Philadelphia 76ers, without Allen Iverson, would defy that description.

It is apparent, through the manner in which this game was lost, that the Celtics felt comfortable with their 15-point first-half lead and coasted. Their "cruise control" mentality is what ultimately led to the one-point loss.

Over the course of this season I have continually stated my exhaustion with the over-hyped "swagger" when describing the Celtics' attitude. I am also tired of the "swagger-theory" as the missing ingredient when describing losses by the C's. Doc Rivers addressed the "swagger-theory" in his comments to the media last night.

From the Boston Globe:

"We played with this swagger—the losing swagger,’’ Rivers said.

“It’s one thing to have the winning swagger and you go out and you feel great about your team, and you go out and play. And then there’s another thing when you just show up and you think the other team’s going to lay over and fall because you’re the ...

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