Irving: Celtics held 'much-needed' team meeting, admits 'selfish' play

Khris Middleton of the Bucks drives on Kyrie Irvin of the Celtics on Friday night

Since the win against Atlanta last week, Boston has bowed in Detroit last Saturday, 113-104, fell to bottom-feeding Phoenix, 113-101, on Wednesday night and found itself down by as many as 26 points to the Bucks on Friday night in a game the Celtics opened on a 10-1 run, only to be outscored by Milwaukee, 57-22, in the next 16:24 to trail by a 58-32 count.

There were no obvious signs the Celtics had just held a team meeting to address some built-up frustration, but the players all confirmed what was fairly obvious when the media needed to wait 36 minutes after the final buzzer - the normal wait is around 10 minutes - to enter the locker room.

"I don't know if we're there again", Tatum said. "I think everyone can see that we've had some inconsistencies regarding our play". "I'm pretty sure they got a pretty good amount up - they just missed a lot of them".

For Boston, Jayson Tatum scored 20 points, despite a rough shooting night, going 5-for-15 from the field, with Kyrie Irving adding 15 points on 7-for-20 shooting, nine rebounds and seven assists. "To be honest I'm not playing the minutes I would want, the role I would want, that I selfishly would want for myself", said Irving, according to ESPN's Tim Bontemps. "I'll keep the confinements of what we talked about between us, but we got to do better". I literally can do anything I want out there, but at the same time it's what can I do for my teammates to be more successful.

Brook Lopez Has Revamped The Bucks' System, but He Can't Change Everything (read here): Johnathan Tjarks of The Ringer examined how vital veteran Bucks big man Brook Lopez has been to the team's success this season as well as the conundrum his deficiencies could pose come playoff time. "Feeling better, getting better". "We looked around the locker room and said, 'Nobody's going to feel bad for us'".

Celtics: Morris has a sore right knee and did not dress.

"It's just trusting one another".

"I think anytime - even looking behind at the schedule we just played and now having a few days off, as you're preparing to get on the practice court and walkthroughs and those type of things - you're thinking about what you just finished and what's coming", Stevens said. It's an everyday job. Things won't be getting easier anytime soon, either, as Boston has five straight games against teams with.500 or better records to end December. I've been saying it since the beginning of the season. It's not going to look great at all times.

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