Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/30/12
BOSTON -- Doc Rivers said his Celtics were "a soft team right now" after Wednesday night's loss to the Nets. Friday night, Boston, playing the first of two games without the suspended Rajon Rondo and getting all kinds of help from a woeful Portland team that was coming off losses to 3-11 Detroit and 0-12 Washington, was anything BUT soft. "It was good. Obviously it's one game and it was great. Our defense was fantastic," Rivers said after Boston cruised to a 96-78 win over the Trail Blazers. "Overall, I just liked our focus and how we approached the game." With Rondo sitting for starting a fight with Kris Humphries in Wednesday night's loss, and with Avery Bradley still not back after offseason shoulder surgeries, the Celtics played without a point guard; and never trailed. They blew it open early and won for the third time in the last four games to go to 9-7. "It shows good character for our team," said Courtney Lee, who had 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists. "We g...
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