Boston’s lack of effort vs. Wiz ‘hard to explain’ so early in the season, says head coach Ime Udoka

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Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka is making a name for himself as a straight-shooter when it comes to what his players are doing wrong any given night, unafraid to talk about the mistakes and poor efforts tendered by said players when the situation calls for it.

And that perspective on Udoka’s coaching style was born out after the Celtics turned in a flat, disjointed effort against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night, resulting in a lackadaisical 116 – 107 home loss too reminiscent of last season’s worst games for the comfort of many a Boston fan — and Udoka too, evidently.

“It’s hard to explain,” offered the Celtics coach, “this early in the season.”

“As I keep mentioning to guys, we’re in and out and we’ve got some different lineups … I don’t feel our minutes were too high, and then we have a day off yesterday.”

“We had a chance to rejuvenate but for whatever reason, they were lacking in intensity and focus this morning. I told him they’re going to get your (expletive) kicked tonight. Because with that focus in the game and for three quarters, we played the same way, (and) waited to get down 15 and start to play with the effort that we have in the other four games, so it’s disappointing.”

“We will have a chance to it again on Saturday,” said Udoka, referencing the team’s road rematch with the Wiz.

“If … we bring the right intensity, we’ll be okay — but you’ve got to show up every night,” he added. “You can’t just pick and choose and show up and think you’re going to beat people.”

If the Celtics are going to live up to their considerable potential, they will need to internalize this lesson in their play during games, because post-game mea culpas will wear out their welcome in short order.

For many, they already have.

This post originally appeared on Celtics Wire. Follow us on Facebook!

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