Originally written on Celtics Green ...a boston celtics blog.  |  Last updated 11/12/14
Hustle. Heart. Focus. This is what the Celtics need from each and every player for the rest of this series. They're down 2-0 and there is no more room for errors. Absolutely none. I really thought that the Celtics would be able to "flip the switch" now that it's the playoffs, but it looks like the bad habits they developed over the course of the season have caught up with them. Bad passes, failure to get rebounds, and an over-reliance on Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to make things happen has led to the current situation that they're in. The way I see it right now is that the Celtics have cruised into this series with the same regular season mentality. This is NOT the Knicks team of previous seasons. Carmelo Anthony and team are on a mission, and you can see it in their eyes. You can see the hustle, heart, and focus. Do the Celtics have it in them? Can they match the Knicks' energy and intensity? We've seen glimpses of it during games 1 and 2, but we need to see it on every play and possession. We need to see more of Jeff Green's greatness. We need more Jason Terry's 3-point shooting. We need more rebounds and aggressive defense from Brandon Bass. Most of all, we need more acrobatic shots from Jordan Crawford. Bottom line: We need more from everybody. We need to see the same team basketball full of hustle, heart and focus like that joyful/heartbreaking Sunday without Rajon Rondo when they rallied together to win against the Heat. Hopefully things will change this Friday when they get to play in front of the home crowd. A little home cooking always seems to do the players good. Also, they should have this video on loop in the locker room before the game... I've always believed that basketball is 10% physical and 90% mental, but it's also 1000% HEART. Let's see if the Celtics will show us theirs on Friday night. Maria also blogs over at Team-Basketball.com. Follow her on Twitter: @teambasketball [Discuss on CG Forums!]

Devils unveil unique coaching by committee situation

Report: 49ers expect Jim Harbaugh to take Michigan job

Report: Johnny Manziel fined for being late to treatment

Duke Johnson's mother says son will enter NFL Draft

Starlin Castro questioned following nightclub shooting

Report: Jeff Driskel thinking about transfer to Duke


Browns suspend Josh Gordon for final game of season

Report: Rex Ryan has already cleaned out his office

Clint Trickett retires due to concussions, hid two

Drew Stanton likely out for the year, postseason included

Byron Scott: ‘Idiots’ think Lakers are better team without Kobe

Undrafted QB Connor Shaw to sign with Browns, likely start

Nebraska chancellor booed by Huskers players?

WATCH: Rory McIlroy trolled by 'Sweet Caroline' song

Auburn, Wisconsin players literally ate tons of food

Did Kobe Bryant respond to heckler with the rings count?

Doug Fister bought Starbucks for his Twitter followers

DeMarco Murray dumped over cheating accusations?

Video: Rudy Gay tosses half-court alley-oop to McLemore

WATCH: Craig Sager is touched by outpouring of support during leukemia fight

Hiroki Kuroda returns to Japan, ditches Yankees

Kevin Garnett: ‘Very weird’ to see Celtics without Rajon Rondo

Report: New Jersey Devils fire head coach Peter DeBoer

Mark Richt confirms Todd Gurley will leave UGA for NFL

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Nebraska chancellor booed by players?

Johnny Manziel fined by Browns

Castro questioned after shooting

Rory McIlroy trolled with 'Sweet Caroline'

Browns suspend Josh Gordon

Kobe gives heckler the rings count?

Murray dumped over cheating scandal?

Rex Ryan has cleaned out his office

Five breakout stars in 2014

The 2014 NFL All-Help Offense

Five things learned about NBA on X-Mas

What if Bear Bryant coached in the NFL?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.