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Must-win game? Not to Doc

BOSTON -- Pepper with questions about the importance of Friday's game after his team's 0-3 start, Celtics coach Doc Rivers kindly reminded reporters that it's not like the season ends if Boston doesn't win versus the Pistons.

"No more than I put on any other game," Rivers said of any additional emphasis on Friday's game. "Is this Game 7 of the world championship? Did I miss something? No, we should always win at home. And that’s the way it’s always been."

Rivers admitted he thought the start of the season would be daunting with three road games in four nights, with home-openers in each city.

"It is what it is," said Rivers. "Obviously you don’t want to be 0-3. You don’t want to lose three games in a row any time, but we have, and there’s nothing we can do about it. Going into it, when I saw the schedule when it first came out, I thought we had to win one of the first two games. Funny how you look at the schedule. I look at it probably different than you guys. I looked at New Orleans and thought that’s going to be a hard game to win. Just because of the travel, the legs, and the two emotional games that you knew you’d be in with New York and Miami, so going into that I thought we better win of these first two -- which going into New York and Miami saying you have to win a game, that’s not the place you want to be. And we didn’t win either one."

Rivers did reiterate his no excuses mantra, stressing that you are what your record says you are.

Asked if he believes things will level off eventually, Rivers quipped, "Yeah, at least I hope so. That’s all I can tell you. We’ll see. I think so. I’m a believer that you are what you record is at that time. I don’t want to hear about we should be whatever -- right now we’re an 0-3 basketball team, that’s who we are. And until we fix that, that’s what we’re going to be."