C's can't win with C game

MILWAUKEE -- Celtics coach Doc Rivers really just wanted to talk golf Saturday.

Fresh off an inspired effort against a potential playoff foe, Rivers emerged for his postgame confab with the media after his team topped the Bucks and immediately wondered out loud if Tiger Woods could rally Sunday at the Masters. Asked if he wanted to talk basketball, Rivers just ignored the inquisitor and prolonged the Tiger talk a few more moments.

Golf was a common theme for Rivers on Saturday in Milwaukee. Before the game, while discussing Boston's need to up its level of play as the postseason nears, Rivers noted a conversation he had with a professional golfer (whom he wouldn't name) about the difference between this year's Celtics team and when Woods struggles on the links.

"[The golfer] said, 'The difference right now with you guys is that, when Tiger used to play with his C game, he still won -- he was still the best. When you guys play with your C game, you lose now,'" relayed Rivers. "'Before you could win with your C game, now you can't.' That may be age, but understanding that, we're not going to win anything playing [below Boston's potential]."

Coming off the second of three back-to-backs to close out the season, the Celtics took Sunday off to recover. You can probably guess what Rivers is watching this afternoon.