Gerald Wallace calls a players-only meeting: 'We gave this game away'

Mike Petraglia
March 22, 2015 - 9:33 pm
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Gerald Wallace played just 12 minutes and scored just two points in Boston's dreadful 105-97 overtime loss Sunday night to the Pistons at TD Garden. But what he told the team afterward could prove to be his most important contribution. The Celtics were coming off two losses in Oklahoma City and San Antonio but appeared back on track when they went up 10 points twice in the third quarter. But the Pistons got hot in the fourth quarter to tie the game and the Celtics went ice cold in overtime. The result the Celtics fell to 30-39 and out of playoff position in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics are now tied with the Pacers in the East, each team a half game behind the 30-38 Charlotte Hornets for the eighth and final spot. It was time for the 32-year-old Wallace to speak to his teammates. "I told the guys that we have to more serious because giving away games like this or losing games like this, we don't have the length of the schedule [remaining] to kind of make up games," Wallace said. "Every game counts right now. We have to take it one game at a time and take care of those games." What was the reaction to Wallace's message? "I think everybody understood by the way everybody felt," Wallace said. "They kind of felt this loss. They know that we weren't supposed to lose this game. We already had two tough games on the road. Coming home, with the way our schedule is, this was a game we had to win, we needed to win. I think they understand we gave this game away and we have to take advantage of them. "We have [13] games left. Probably out of those 13 games, nine or 10 of those games are [against] playoff teams or teams that are fighting us for that playoff position. They're competing and they're fighting just as hard as we are. We've got to understand that we just can't anticipate just showing up and expecting to win the ballgame."