Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Derrick White on NBA's L2M Report in Celtics loss to Pacers: 'It doesn't change anything'

The Celtics are moving on after the NBA released it's Last Two-Minute Report Tuesday afternoon, which addressed a few missed calls in the team's 133-131 loss to the Indiana Pacers Monday night.

Following shootaround, Derrick White found some humor in the situation and when asked if he read the report's explanations, he simply replied with, "Nah. That was too many words."
"I kinda laughed. But that was about it." White said post-practice Wednesday. "It doesn't change anything. Obviously, there's a lot that we should have done to not be in that situation. It didn't change anything. So I just moved on."
Still, as frustrating as it may have seemed less than 48 hours ago, the Celtics have to move on as they continue to trek through a grueling January schedule that includes back-to-back matchups against the Minnesota Timberwolves at home tonight, before traveling to Milwaukee to face off against the Bucks Thursday.

The T-Wolves at 26-10, have the Western Conference's best record and are currently the league's top-rated defensive team coming into TD Garden.
"It's gonna be fun," White said of playing against Minnesota. "They're playing really well. They've got a lot of talent, and the energy is gonna be high, so it's gonna be a fun matchup."
Meanwhile, Boston is the only team in the NBA that has yet to lose at home with an impressive 17-0 record to start the season -- tying the 1957-58 C's team for the most wins on their parquet to start off that campaign. A victory tonight would set a new franchise record for the most consecutive wins at the Garden (albeit the new Garden) with 18 straight.
"I mean, yeah, that's pretty cool,"  White said of possibly setting a new franchise record. "Obviously, with how great this organization is and how much history, it's always cool to set a franchise record and try to just keep going. And it's always fun winning at home."
A win against the Timberwolves would also avenge a 114-109 overtime loss from back in November, giving the Celtics their first defeat of the season and snapping a five-game win streak in the process.
"Obviously, they got us early in the year, and we want to get back, protect our home court, and get a big win," White said.
The Celtics (28-8), who are 6-1 this season when coming off a loss, will tip-off against Minnesota -- who are 12-8 on the road -- tonight at 7:00 pm ET. 

Joel Pavón

Photo used courtesy of CLNS Media

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