BOSTON (CBS) – The Celtics moved to 0-4 on the season after falling to the Grizzlies 95-88 last night in Memphis. It’s the first time Boston has lost its first four games since the 1969-70 season.
Rookie coach Brad Stevens is experiencing some growing pains in understanding the NBA game, and Toucher & Rich wonder if all this failure early on will hurt the development of Stevens.
“You never want to make losing a habit,” said Mike Gorman of the Celtics. “Certainly Brad Stevens is not used to losing. The last thing you want to do in his first year as a coach is get him sort of inured to the whole idea of losing.”
A lot of Celtics fans see the 0-4 record and aren’t upset about it. They understand the reality of the NBA that if you don’t have a top 5 player then you aren’t winning a championship – Celtics general manager Danny Ainge even acknowledged that fact last week on Toucher & Rich. But the NBA Lottery poses plenty of risk for teams hoping to nab the top ping pong balls.
Mike Gorman cautions fans on wanting to be in the lottery.
“We’ve been down that road before where we thought we were going to get the first round draft pick, get Tim Duncan and all was going to be well. Instead we ended up with Chauncey Billups, Ron Mercer and Rick Pitino. We know how that went.”
Gorman added that he doesn’t think this team will tank because coach Stevens and most of the players have too much pride.
Rich had some questions about the lineup, particularly why forward Kris Humphries hasn’t received much playing time. To hear Gorman’s thoughts on Humphries, the decline in play of Avery Bradley, and what the team will look like when Rajon Rondo is back in action, listen below: