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Celtics squash 'soft' talk

Doc Rivers' motivational ploy worked wonders in a rout of the Blazers

Updated: December 1, 2012, 2:08 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Twenty one months ago, in the cramped visitors' locker room at Madison Square Garden, Celtics coach Doc Rivers insinuated that his team was soft after getting pushed around by the Knicks in the first half of a divisional battle.

Mind you, Rivers swore he never actually used the word "soft" that night, suggesting, in fact, he never had done so in the Big Three era because of just how insulting that four-letter adjective can be to an NBA team.

The Celtics staged a feverish ...

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