The Celtics dropped to 35-21 following Saturday's defeat and stand fifth in the Eastern Conference standings. He offered some honest thoughts about the state of the Celtics, simultaneously being encouraged and frustrated by them playing to the level of competition, why he thinks it took a bit for the team to hit its stride defensively, and pointed out changes he's made with his nutrition plan and recovery over career. Even though we're winning, it's still not fun.
Following Sunday's loss, Celtics' forward Marcus Morris spoke in depth about the commotion surrounding the team this season.
"I mean, for me, it's not really about the loss", Morris said. They are just 5-10-1 ATS in their last 16 games. It was the biggest comeback by a team in the National Basketball Association the past two seasons, the largest in Clippers history and Boston's biggest blown lead since December 5, 2003, coming two nights after the Celtics spit the bit on an 18-point lead in a 129-128 loss to the visiting Los Angeles Lakers. Irving is a great isolation player who can use his impressive handles to score, but maybe they have relied on him too much.
Irving, who helped Cleveland win the 2016 National Basketball Association title before being traded to Boston in 2017, helped the United States group of National Basketball Association stars to 2016 Rio Olympic gold. We'll see if it helps that the trade deadline drama has blown over. That has to be the first goal. If they want to take me out of the starting lineup, get some juice in there, I'm with it. I watch all these other teams around the league and guys are up on the bench, they're jumping on the court, they're doing all of this other stuff that looks like they're enjoying their teammates' success, they're enjoying everything, and they're playing together and they're playing to win.
Morris hinted at trade deadline drama that may have built up before last Thursday.
"This is the team we're rocking with. We all know what type of game it's going to be like". "It's unacceptable for what we did with a team of our caliber".