The Celtics are the first team to not accomplish what its peers could: Beat LA. Back-to-back soul-crushing losses to the Lakers and Clippers put this season at a tense crossroads. Marcus Morris called out the team after blowing a 20+-point lead to the Clips Sunday night:
“It hasn’t been fun for a long time. I watch all these other teams around the league and guys are up on the bench … they’re enjoying everything, and they’re playing together and they’re playing to win. And when I look at us I just see a bunch of individuals.
“We’re going to lose games, but we don’t have no attitude, we don’t have no toughness, we ain’t having fun. It’s been a long season.”
There’s no questioning this season is full of frustrations. Furthermore every time there looks to be light at the end of the tunnel that tunnel comes crashing down and spontaneously combusts. This team lacks consistency and everyone on the team is accountable for that.
What does Brad Stevens do to turn this season around? Evan suggests on this week’s Celtics Beat that Jaylen Brown deserves more playing time over Gordon Hayward at this point. Jaylen’s three-point percentage dipped this month, but he’s still scoring at a really good rate. Either Hayward improves to the point where the C’s can rely on him in a playoff series or he gets replaced with someone we know that is reliable. Brown was one of the better players on the team during last year’s playoff run. He is more worthy of crunch-time minutes than the Butler superstar.
Finally, what did Jeff Goodman think about all of the Anthony Davis hooplah?
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7:38 What went wrong against the Lakers
15:36 Brown needs more minutes than Hayward soon
30:35 It was painfully obvious the Lakers weren’t getting AD
36:20 Who is going to win the NCAA Tournament?