Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/29/12
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On Wednesday the Celtics lost to the Brooklyn Nets 95-83 on their home court, and Doc Rivers refused to mince words afterwards. In the wake of a game that saw Rajon Rondo ejected (and his double-digit assist streak end), Rivers pointedly called the team “soft” in his postgame comments. Rivers even seemed to specifically refer to Rondo’s actions, saying “that stuff’s not toughness.” Actually, “soft” was a word that was thrown around a lot on Wednesday, as Jason Terry used the word to refer to former teammate Kris Humphries, whose hard foul on Kevin Garnett prompted Rondo to come after him — deservedly or not. After the dust settled, Rondo, Humphries and Nets forward Gerald Wallace were all ejected, and it now appears that Rondo will be suspended by the NBA for two games. Likewise, the Celtics will have to do without their point guard for a couple of matchups. Despite the feisty displays by both teams, Rivers is a man who chooses his words carefully, and the way the Celtics have been playing lately — namely offensive rebounding, which has never been a focus of Rivers’, but is a facet of the game which has been embarrassing for Boston of late. Take Our Poll
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