Celtics lose to Magic 103-95; Kyrie Irving ready for adversity

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    The Boston Celtics loss to the Orlando Magic 103-95 in their Sunday matinee. Orlando’s win in Boston ends their 11-game road losing streak and discontinues their 14-game losing skid at TD Garden, with their last win coming in February of 2010.

    Orlando was led by Eflrid Payton’s 22 points and six rebounds to go along with Aaron Gordon’s 11 points, 13 rebounds, and 4 assists.

    For Boston, Kyrie Irving had 40 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the losing effort, as Boston now has lost three consecutive games for the first time this season as they’ll be preparing for a west coast road trip. They’ll be tasked with facing the Lakers, Clippers, and Warriors amongst teams on the opposite side of the country.

    Kyrie Irving says it’s time the Celtics face some adversity and also commented on Duke receiving commitments from Zion Williamson, Cam Reddish, and R.J. Barrett.

    Brad Stevens on Boston’s offense vs. Orlando: “Offense was great for three of the four quarters; in the third quarter it was bad. You know, it was one quarter that really caught up to us. Obviously, in the fourth quarter, we had some transition opportunities that we didn’t convert early-on, so that’ll skew the fourth-quarter numbers, but the third quarter offense was – was poor.  But today was not about the offensive side.  It was about – they shot – I felt like they were shooting layups for the most part during tonight, even the ones they missed late. And you know, you’ve got to play well. We haven’t played well consistently on both ends for a while now.”

     

    Jaylen Brown on Boston overlooking the Magic: “I wouldn’t say that.  We didn’t underestimate them.  They’ve been playing a lot better than they’ve been playing all year, and they have a really good team, and they’ve been through some ups and downs, but they came out today and played.”