The Boston Celtics suffered their worst lack of the season on Tuesday evening, as they fell to the Toronto Raptors by the ultimate of 118-95.
After the loss, head coach Brad Stevens advised reporters, “I believed we have been simply outplayed in each which method.” Shooting guard Marcus Smart defined, “we’re simply not collectively.”
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“What are the primary components to these collapses? Not being collectively,” Smart mentioned, per ESPN. “And that is it. We’re simply not collectively. Plain and easy. That’s it. Because if we have been collectively, that would not occur. We’re all speaking and linking up, however like I mentioned, it is one thing we’re going via, and it is one thing we will must proceed to work at and determine it out.”
“This is actual,” Stevens mentioned. “The actuality is that we’re taking a number of shortcuts and never being as stable as now we have been up to now within the final two video games. I believed we have been actually good towards Milwaukee. So, it isn’t like we do not know what we have to do, however for no matter motive, we have taken too many shortcuts. You cannot try this towards any group. Certainly tonight, they uncovered us and performed nice.”
When requested how the group might tackle these “shortcuts,” All Star level guard Kyrie Irving responded, “I do not know. It’s as much as Brad.” Asked whether or not he agreed with Smart’s remarks concerning the Celtics’ not being collectively, “That’s Marcus’ opinion,” Irving mentioned. “I respect it.”
The Celtics (37-24) are at the moment sitting in fifth place within the Eastern Conference.