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Frustration Mounts - But Team Still Confident - Are You?

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If you think you are frustrated with the team, imagine how it must feel as a player (especially the proud veterans on this team that know how to win it all and want to get back there).

Boston Celtics frustrated, yet optimistic after loss to Chicago Bulls - ESPN Boston

It evaded them again Thursday night in dropping an 89-80 decision to the Eastern Conference-leading Chicago Bulls at the United Center. Yet, if you'll allow Rajon Rondo to serve a team thermometer, he placed the frustration level with the loss at an 8.6 (on a simple scale of 1 to 10). Asked to use the same scale to gauge whether the Celtics will eventually find their consistency, Rondo pegged that at 9.6.

As Rivers declared earlier this week, the Celtics know they can beat anybody, yet they also know they can lose to anybody.

"I was encouraged by the shots we had; I was just not encouraged that they didn't go in," said Rivers, expressing frustration after holding the Bulls to 39.5 percent shooting (30-of-76 overall), but not being able to capitalize at the offensive end.

As we pointed out earlier in the week - this is what happens when your team relies so heavily on jumpshots. They can hit those shots at a pretty decent clip, but even the best shooters in the world make less than half of their shots from outside, so it isn't a winning strategy if they can't get some interior buckets mixed in.

So, we know the team is still going to be confident. What about you?