"Doc Rivers threatened changes to the roster after the Celtics suffered a 103-88 loss to the Pistons here tonight.
Ripping into the team in a brief press conference afterward, he said the club's lackadaisical play would be grounds for trades if the current trend -- three straight losses -- continues.
"I think this team wants everything easy," Rivers said. "They want the easy way out. They want to win easy, and I told them the only way you're going to win easy is you're going to have to play hard. The harder you play, the easier the games become.
"We're taking the wrong approach. So I've got to either find the right combination, the right guys, or we're going to get some guys out of here. It's the bottom line, because this group right now, they're not playing right. And it's in them to play right, but right now they haven't been, either because I'm not getting to them, or they are not getting to each other. But at the end of the day, either we've got to do that, or we've got to make changes."
He began his postgame talk by answering a question about the 13-2 hole the Celts dug.
"It was awful," Rivers said. "We're playing awful. I mean, I'm clearly not doing my job with this team. And I'm serious. I ain't trying to take a bullet for the team. And I told them that. I said, 'We've got to find something where every night all 12 guys play the same way.' And we did it for three games in a stretch. I told them that games 4 and 5 in that (six-game) winning streak were garbage. We just won the game. So I've got to figure that out. I told the guys that. I've got to figure it out, because I don't think the guys are honest with each other. I just don't think we have committed to being a good basketball team."