C's recognize need for an improved effort

C's recognize need for an improved effort
October 23, 2013, 12:45 am
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At 31, veteran Gerald Wallace's first season with the Celtics ended with two surgeries.

(AP Photo)

Gerald Wallace called his new Celtics teammates out after they dropped to 1-6 in the preseason after another loss on Sunday, this time to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

And on Tuesday at practice, Wallace, a 13-year NBA veteran, wasn't backing down from his criticism.

"At the end of the day, they keep looking up at the scoreboard and see we're getting our asses kicked," Wallace said."Effort is something everyone can control. It's something everybody can look at themselves in the mirror and do someting about...It's not that hard.

Avery Bradley said he got the message.

"It's really something we all know," Bradley said. "We all haven't been going hard. It comes from practice and has to translate to the game."

Kris Humphries said "it's not a bad thing that [Wallace] talks about it. We've all got to be accountable."

The Celtics get another chance to up their effort in the final preseason game Wednesday night against the Nets.