Here three players the Celtics potentially could target to put themselves over the top.
"When you do those things it's amusing how the game rewards you back".
National Basketball Association games are always known for one team going on a run and then the other team will go on a big run and momentum swings in a blink of an eye.
"Well-coached teams get there".
At the same time, he is trying to divide playing time and find the right combinations for a deep and talented team.
Although there still is plenty of time left in the season, this poor start could be a sign the team needs to make a move if they want any chance of making it out of the East. In about 25-30 minutes of play per game, he's only seeing single-digit shot attempts and averaging 10 points per game along with five boards. The Celtics flew home with a 1-4 record on this trip, and a hope that this was the punch in the mouth that wakes them up.
"Experience. We needed this".
"I think the biggest thing is just feeling good about yourself and feeling good about what you're doing and if we winning games and you know things are happening guys are less likely to be anxious about, well... this didn't happen and this didn't happen, you're just kind of like, well allright, what I'm doing for the team is working".
"(I) thought he played better against Utah and that probably got him feeling good", Brad Stevens said to reporters after Sunday's loss. The excitement is done. "It's right now and taking care of what presently is in front of us". Get back to the way we can play and dominate. "I'm going to be the most patient out of everyone". You know, momentum's a big thing, but I think the mental capacity of it, I think as you get older-You can never get too high or too low... It's a long season.
"We have challenges", Irving said.
The Celtics' problem certainly isn't a matter of talent, according to Irving.
"It comes to getting punched in the mouth a few times, and then we come out and clearly we outmatch teams at dang near every position", he said. "We have a lot of good players".