Irving: Celtics held 'much-needed' team meeting, admits 'selfish' play

Irving: Celtics held 'much-needed' team meeting, admits 'selfish' play

Irving: Celtics held 'much-needed' team meeting, admits 'selfish' play

The Celtics have now lost three consecutive National Basketball Association games after the 120-107 loss at TD Garden.

Irving noted it was obvious the Celtics' play of late has been riddled with "inconsistencies", including a lack of "cohesion" and "some selfish play".

The Celtics have had trouble clicking at different points of the season, including during the last three games. "It's not going to look pretty, it's not going to look great at all times, but the biggest thing for me is just patience - also just being honest with one another about how we feel and being able to talk to one another without taking it personally".

Just when it seemed like the Boston Celtics had figured things out, they reverted back to the same type of inadequate play that plagued them earlier in the season.

After falling behind 10-1 in the first quarter, Antetokounmpo got Milwaukee's first field goal 2:99 into the game on a dunk that started the Bucks on a 16-point run and dazed the Celtics, who never recovered.


"I get caught up in that as well".

"I know everybody would like to think, 'Hey, what's going on?' but it's just not easy", point guard Kyrie Irving said. "This is an intense schedule all the way through All-Star break starting tonight, and I think that, ultimately, we want as many guys feeling good as possible". So, the players and coaches felt it would be best to get together and consult with one another on how the team can move past the up-and-down nature of their campaign thus far. "We just have to be better as a team". Brad Stevens is finally working out how to get the most out of his stacked team, although the Celtics roster is still too large, and a number of players will exit before the trade deadline. I'm asking myself to do a lot more on both ends of the floor.

Every participant from Friday night's discussion could agree upon that.

"It is something that we will keep in the locker room", said Jayson Tatum, who scored 20 for Boston.

"We just got to play harder", Tatum said. Either we're going to be all in or we're not. Now, they will look to walk the walk toward consistency and long-term success.

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