Doc Rivers to Celtics: You’re Not Very Good

This is called tough love, kids: “One of the guys said, ‘We’re better than Orlando,’ and I said, ‘No you’re not. That’s a bunch of crap,’ Celtics coach Doc Rivers said after Sunday’s 96-89 loss at TD Garden. “They beat you three games, two at your place. They’re better. They knocked you out of the playoffs last year. Orlando’s better than us right now. Atlanta’s better than us right now. L.A.’s [the Lakers] better than us right now. Those are the teams that have beaten us. That doesn’t mean that we can’t be better than them at some point. But right now, those teams are better than us.”‘