Doc Rivers: ‘It was an awful game’
The crowd even brought back memories of Ye Olden Days with a hearty “Beat LA!’’ chant or two. And for a nice extra flourish, they even played five extra minutes before the visitors squeaked out an 88-87 triumph.
Don’t get me wrong. As Doc Rivers pointed out before the game, in this frantic, shortened NBA season, every win is very important. But Rivers has been around too long, and has seen too much quality basketball, to give his personal seal of approval to the goings-on at TD Garden last evening.
“I thought our execution all night was terrible,’’ he said. “It was an awful game, and they won. If we had won, it would have been an awful game we won.’’
To be fair, he did lose, and it should probably come as no surprise that Lakers coach Mike Brown saw the game in a somewhat more positive light. “I’d have to think about it, but it definitely is a very good win for us on the road,’’ he said. “I thought we were shorthanded in Utah [Jan. 11] and our guys somehow found a way to win in overtime. This win is a very good win for us on the road, especially with the way Boston has been playing, and not losing our composure and getting it done in overtime.’’