C's lack of urgency bothers Rivers

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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."

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Halftime stars, studs and duds: Raptors missing Lowry in first half

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TORONTO -- Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the first half which ended with the Boston Celtics ahead 55-45 over the Toronto Raptors.

STARS

DeMar DeRozan

Playing without Kyle Lowry (right wrist), DeRozan made the most of what, not surprisingly, were a few more shot attempts. He led all scorers with 19 first-half points on 7-for-13 shooting.

Isaiah Thomas

The strong play by Thomas prior to the All-Star break, hasn't gone anywhere. He led the Celtics with 11 points in the first half on 3-for-7 shooting along with four assists.

 

STUDS

Jonas Valanciunas

Boston had problems throughout the first half keeping him off the boards as he tallied five points and a game-high six rebounds.

Jaylen Brown

The rookie showed a heightened level of maturity at both ends of the floor, scoring 10 points on 4-for-6 shooting.

 

DUDS

Corey Joseph

We all know he's not Kyle Lowry, but he has to do a better job of filling in for the All-Star than what we saw in the first half if the Raptors are to have any shot at rallying tonight. He was scoreless in 17 minutes, missing all three of his shots from the field.