Pierce: Celtics aren't tough enough

The Celtics have struggled to hold leads this season, and Paul Pierce is growing frustrated as a result.

Updated: December 3, 2003, 12:35 PM ET
By By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
If Boston Celtics swingman Paul Pierce has said it once, he's said it a million times.

"Every time we lose games, it's not because of our effort, it's because we lose leads," Pierce told the Boston Globe. "The team understands what it has to do. It's got to come from each and every individual. My whole point is that everything doesn't start with me. Everything doesn't go through me. At the same time, every individual player has the responsibility to make this a better team and turn things around."

He had more to say after his team was outscored 25-19 in the fourth quarter by the Memphis Grizzlies Monday night and lost by seven points.