The Boston Celtics have been in great form as they've won 10 of their last 13 games, but they will be looking to avoid a third straight defeat after faliling to the Clippers in a 123-112 home loss on Saturday. It was the biggest blown lead by a Celtics squad since December 5, 2003. Irving clipped his knee in the 2nd quarter of action, never to return - his injury to be re-assessed this afternoon by team officials. "Eight years I've been in the league, I never even thought I could win a championship with the teams I was on. There's an answer out there and we need to find it". Morris batted back the idea that the Celtics have dealt with more frustration. "So, I'll go back and figure out what I can do better, what we can do better, and we'll go from there". You got guys hanging their heads. We're not competing at a high level. "When I look at us I just see a bunch of individuals".
They're enjoying everything and playing to win. "Those things happen and we all have to pick up for that". As a team, the Celtics shot 42 percent as they set the tone with 43 points in the first quarter to lead by as many as 28 points before the Clippers outscored them in the second half by 70-38. In his final season in Utah, Hayward averaged 21.9 points, while hitting 39.8 percent of 3-pointers.
In other news, Kyrie Irving (knee) and Aron Baynes (foot) will not be traveling with the Celtics to Philadelphia for their game against the Sixers Tuesday night. Last month, Irving called out his younger teammates by calling James, apologizing to his former Cavs partner for creating problems early in his career.
"I have no idea what that means for Wednesday". At halftime I told the guys everybody's playing uptight. Jayson Tatum, 20, hasn't elevated to stardom yet and has seen his shooting percentages dip.
But Stevens said the injury wasn't to blame for his team's collapse.