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Udoka calls it intensity & focus. I call it toughness. Evident that Celtics lack it.

Celtics Coach, Ime Udoka, calls it "intensity" and "focus". I call it "mental and physical toughness". Whatever you call it, The Green didn't exhibit much of it in last night's 116-107 at the hands of the Washington Wizards at TD Garden.(per NBA.com's Ken Powtak):



''Our intensity and focus wasn't there from the start,'' Udoka said. ''You could see it in the first quarter; honestly from shootaround, where I got on them for lack of focus.''

Boston center Al Horford was noticeably upset after loss.

''I expected us to come out here and win, and be at a certain level,'' he said. ''We need to be better than this. There's a lot of work ahead for us.'

Wizard's Coach, Wes Unseld, Jr. has obviously inherited his Hall-of-Fame dad's penchant for intensity, focus and toughness - and in turn passed all of that on to at least one of his guys by the name of Montrezl Harrell. The 6'7", 240-pound C/F came off the bench - played 38 minutes - led his team in three categories (25 points, 11 boards, plus/minus of +21). He literally owned the paint against Boston.

 NBA teams can never drift to a Championship. Talent, skillsand finesse alone don't produce Titles. Call the issue what you will, but this version of the Boston Celtics lacks it. Udoka sees it. Horford sees it. Maybe a few direct words from Larry Bird, Kevin Garnett, Dave Cowens and Paul Pierce may turn the ship in the right direction.



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