Boston – CLNS’ Josue Pavon and Clevis Murray discuss Celtics 111-103 loss to Wizards on Christmas. And ask if the Celtics will struggle against Charlotte and Houston.
“It hasn’t been one of the best stretches for us, but we have a resilient group,” Irving said. “That right there is enough for us to go on and make progress in the right direction.”
“Obviously, didn’t play great offense; had a couple rim out but also had a couple of turnovers. I thought their best players were comfortable all night. I didn’t feel like we were into (Bradley) Beal at the level you needed to be; I thought we were really lucky that he had kind of an ‘off’ shooting night. And then obviously (John) Wall got downhill on us on a bunch of different matchups. And then probably most importantly, the wing rebounding on the offensive glass. Those are killer possessions when you have a stop and you just can’t finish that stop. We turned and looked instead of blocked out most of the night, and it ended up costing us.”
“You go through ups and downs in a season,” Horford said. “Tonight, I felt good about our chances. We put ourselves in position to win the game and we weren’t able to do it.”
“We’re 30 plus games in, we feel better as a group. We know each other a little more, (Jayson) Tatum has more experience, a lot of our younger guys have more experience. And we are going to continue to get better. It’s a long season, disappointed about tonight. I felt like we had our chances there to take the game and we just didn’t take it.”