Paul Pierce Says the Boston Celtics Lack Mental Toughness

by January 23, 2013

After losing their fourth straight game and dropping back below .500, the anger inside the Boston Celtics locker room continues to rise. Team captain Paul Pierce told the press that the C’s aren’t mentally tough enough prior to the loss. Per the Boston Globe: “It was difficult for Paul Pierce to admit, but with his team having a 20-21 record and four straight losses, he had to. ‘I think we got pieces here,’ Pierce said. ‘We just got to come together. We got to figure this thing out. Can’t get discouraged. I think that’s the one thing this team lacks, that mental toughness, man. When we lose our confidence, I’ve never been on teams like that. We got to stay together, we got to play with confidence. Yeah, definitely, it hurts me to say that. It’s like I really sometimes don’t believe it. We get down on ourselves. We got to go out there and believe we can win every game. It’s tough sometimes.’ Pierce was reacting to warnings by coach Doc Rivers that roster changes will be made if the Celtics do not play better. Pierce said they are straying from the game plan, and the mistakes are costly.”