Despite the mini-fight they had with the Brooklyn Nets, and the ensuing war of words, Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers wasn’t convinced that his squad is tough at all. In fact, Doc publicly shredded them by calling them “soft”. Per CSNNE: “NBA players are a prideful bunch who don’t take too kindly to their manhood being questioned. But there was no mistaking what Doc Rivers and all those Celtics fans at the TD Garden witnessed in Wednesday’s 95-83 loss to the Brooklyn Nets. This team, as talented as they might be on paper and on the floor some nights, lacks a certain toughness that can no longer be ignored. ‘If I’m Brooklyn and the league, you’ve got to think we’re pretty soft the way we’re playing,’ Rivers said. ‘We’re a soft team right now; we have no toughness.’ And for those who want to throw Rajon Rondo’s incident — lead official James Capers referred to it as a fight — with Kris Humphries into the category of exuded toughness, Rivers isn’t trying to hear that. Especially when he knows that there’s a chance that it will likely cost Rondo at least one game via suspension. ‘That stuff’s not toughness,’ Rivers said. ‘All that stuff, that’s not toughness.'”
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