Celtics coach Doc Rivers made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan Show on Thursday, the morning after a 100-94 overtime win over the Wizards. The Celtics struggled at times against a Wizards team that many consider to be among the weakest in the Eastern Conference and stand at 2-2 after the victory. Rivers was asked to grade the performance of his team to date in this young season.
"We're just inconsistent," Rivers said. "It's not like you're upset, you just want to do better. It's going to take time, as I keep saying we are a work in progress. There are things that you like, slowly, but we are starting things out better the last two games and then we are kind of falling back into bad habits that we have to get out of."
Jeff Green played 22 minutes on Wednesday, scoring six points with two rebounds. Green has been inconsistent through four games this season, and Rivers acknowledged that Green needs to improve his play off the bench for the Celtics.
"Jeff's not ever going to show you intensity even though he may have it, if you know what I'm saying," Rivers said. "He's a poker-faced player, you're just not going to get that out of him. What you want to get out of him is great play, and he has to play better, there's no doubt about that. He's proven in stretches that he can really play, and play well, and he did that in the preseason. So far in the regular season he hasn't done that and that's what we need him to do."
Green's upside has been a topic of discussion since he was dealt to the Celtics from the Thunder in February 2011. Rivers was asked what kind of player Green could be for this team in 2012-13.
"Really good, whatever that means," Rivers said. "Really, really good. The question for Jeff is, is he the guy who can give you 20 points a night, 18 points a night? It's in him, from what we've seen ability-wise. But you have the ability and the mental ability, and that's what we'll find out if the other part is in him."
PHOENIX — After landing in Phoenix Monday afternoon, Patriots owner Robert Kraft took to the podium to make a passionate defense of Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the organization in response to Deflategate.
We go inside the Patriots with head coach Bill Belichick as the Patriots prepare for the Super Bowl. We get some final thoughts on deflated balls, and some actual GAME talk about the Seahawks as well.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out of hardware, and give their Finals predictions
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
The Red Sox have taken over Foxwoods and Red Sox Manager John Farrell sat down with Mut and Bradford to talk about the roster and how the 2015 season is looking.
Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and 3B Pablo Sandoval sat down with Mut and Bradford. Joe Kelly had a few interesting proclamations. First he said that 95% of pitchers use some sort of grip enhancer, and then he said he was going to win the Cy Young. Pablo leaned over and promised 10 HR's, explaining to Joe that the trick is to set the bar low.
Mut and Rob are in on the Hot Stove Show this week and they're taking calls and talking about the Red Sox pitching as we are 5 weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.
Pierre McGuire talks about ways hockey players skirt the rules in the NHL and the development of Dougie Hamilton.
Pierre McGuire joins Lou, Christian and Tim to discuss the resurgent Bruins, the emergence of David Pastrnak, and former Boston College stand-out Johnny Gaudreau looking to trademark the name 'Johnny Hockey.'
We get our state of the B report from NESN's Jack Edwards, right in the midst of a 4 game winning streak and hot return for David Pastrnak.
Ben Volin sits in with the guys and breaks down deflategate and the future of Darrelle Revis.
Kirk wasn't taking any crap from Woody in North Reading.
Tony Kornheiser joins Dennis and Callahan in Arizona to discuss his comment comparing Bill Belichick to Whitey Bulger.
Four-time Super Bowl Champion Bill Romanowski joined the show to share his thoughts on the greatest QB he ever played with, and his Super Bowl experiences.
Chris Mortensen, ESPN, joined the show to talk about all the reports regarding "Deflategate." He thinks that people are making too big a deal out of it. He also hints that he's skeptic of Bill Belichick's attempt to blame science on the balls dropping in pressure.
The Rogue Ball Boy Theory picks up steam...then dies. Is the Rogue Ball Boy the fastest ball deflater ever or is he simply someone with a healthy prostate who probably doesn't even wash his hands. Also, Ted Wells says the investigation will take a while. And Robert Kraft demands an apology if the investigation finds no wrong-doing by the Pats.
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton are live from radio row and recapping the latest in Deflategate including Belichick's impromptu weekend presser, and the national media's predictable reaction to it.
A caller named Jumbo from California raises a question that hasn't been talked about too much, what happens if it's determined that the Patriots aren't found responsible for the deflation of the footballs?
Mut and Lenny continue talking and taking calls on deflategate, as well as hearing the sound from Kirk Minihane's appearance on the O'Reilly Factor.
Mut and Lenny are talking deflategate and what impact it could have on the Patriots organization.
Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.
Would you rather watch important games in the stadium or on TV? Also we discuss our worst experiences at stadiums.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out some hardware, and give their Finals predictions.
We get the national perspective on Deflategate and the Patriots-Seahawks Super Bowl with the playmaker, Hall of Famer Michael Irvin.More from this show
Former Panthers GM and current ESPN 730 radio host in Charlotte, Marty Hurney spoke, ambiguously, about a lot of "rumors" he's heard about the New England Patriots, dating back to 2001. He did admit he believes Bill Belichick's assertions during Saturday's press conference.More from this show