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Postgame: Doc still optimistic despite rout

PHILADELPHIA -- On Wednesday night, the Celtics lost by 32 points, the worst loss in the four-plus years that Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce have been together in Boston.

Before the 103-71 beatdown at the hands of the 76ers, Doc Rivers had said he was pleased with his team. "I think we’re in a good place," he said. "This is the best place we’ve been in all year."

He wasn’t going to take it all back after the blowout. He’s been around long enough to know that this one had ‘L’ written all over it, given the fact the Celtics had played two overtimes in three days and Philly had had the day off on Tuesday.

"They played great. We didn’t," Rivers said. "I don’t remember a lot of games like this. The one good thing about coaching a team like this is that we don’t have a lot of nights like this."

The coach owned up to the rather obvious. "I didn’t think we had great will," he said. "It’s probably a by-product of back-to-back overtime games, emotional games. You just can’t have a lot of those nights."

Rivers said prior to the game that he sees the team coming together now that (most) everyone is healthy and he has decided on a rotation that has Garnett at center.

“Our team is executing well,’’ he said. “They understand who we are. It’s taken all year to kind of get there, but we’re starting to figure out who we are. We’re not there yet, but we’re getting close and when we do (get there), I think we’ll be really good.”