C's lack of urgency bothers Rivers


C's lack of urgency bothers Rivers

BOSTON It's still early in the season.

You're going to hear that a lot from the Boston Celtics until they win a game.

But as disturbing as their 0-2 record might be, what's even more bothersome has been the lack of urgency the C's have displayed in both games.

"I still don't like our urgency yet, honestly," Rivers said. "I don't like how we're approaching games. And until we do that, we're going to struggle."

The message is not one that's lost on the players, with many echoing Rivers' sentiments about the team lacking the necessary urgency before and during games.

"We're 0-2 now," said Boston's Jason Terry. "For us not to come out and ready to fight, when we get to that court tomorrow night at Washington, would be definitely disappointing."

Terry added, "I know this team. I know what we got deep down in us. It's time to turn it up a level."

Kevin Garnett spoke to the entire team following the game, delivering a message that players said really resonated with them.

"What he said is we have to go into every battle like we're the underdog, like we have nothing, we're scrapping," said C's guard Courtney Lee.

Garnett went a step further and used the hyena as an example.

"When they go for the kill, they eat in packs," Lee recalled Garnett saying. "That's how we have to do. We have to go out there and have each other's backs, play for each other and make the right plays, be on the same page. The only thing that's going to help with that is repetition and time."

Wednesday, Oct. 26: Crosby scores in season debut


Wednesday, Oct. 26: Crosby scores in season debut

Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading while having a deep thought while watching commercials: how lost in your own quirkiness do you have to be to name your kid Beowulf?

*The Predators had a nasty case of food poisoning hit their team, and Adam Vingan has all the gory details.

*A great chat with FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jimmy Murphy and the legendary Russ Conway about the legendary Bobby Orr.

*Martin Biron says that Frederik Andersen looks like a much different player now with Toronto than he did with the Anaheim Ducks last season.

*An observation from a Tuesday with 1,000 decisions is that Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff has a really tough job.

*As mentioned above, Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen is having a tough time in his new locale, and there may be several reasons why.

*An early Christmas present for Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop would be his two front teeth.

*Pro Hockey Talk has Sidney Crosby returning on Tuesday night, and immediately leading the Penguins in a balanced attack.  

*For something completely different: A. Sherrod Blakely has his Celtics preview, and says it’s a new year with tons of new expectations for the Men in Green.