A season of inconsistency for the Boston Celtics took one other downward flip with Saturday evening’s 105-103 loss to the Magic in Orlando, Florida.
Requested what’s conserving Boston from being the staff that so many anticipated getting into the season, star level guard Kyrie Irving was blunt in his evaluation.
“Expertise,” Irving instructed reporters. “We’re missing it, and due to that, we now have a number of studying to do.”
The Celtics had been thought-about by many to be the front-runners to win an Japanese Convention with out LeBron James. As an alternative, they’re 25-17 on the midpoint of the common season, good for fifth place within the East.
Simply two gamers on the Celtics roster have won NBA titles: Irving with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 and Aron Baynes with the San Antonio Spurs in 2014. Talking from familiarity, Irving mentioned the Celtics want to do the little issues now if they need to get to an NBA Finals sooner or later.
“I do know from nearly all of proven fact that we’re higher than most groups on this league,” he mentioned. “It is simply going out and proving it each single evening and demanding it and truly displaying it. So till we do that each single evening and understand our depth is a constructive and all the needs and could-haves and will have completed that, as soon as that goes out the window, then we’ll be higher. However till then, we’re going to preserve having these ups and downs and these lulls of going in opposition to groups on the highway, they usually simply know they’ll benefit from us down the stretch or when this group is or that group is out.”
After 4 straight wins, Boston opened a three-game highway journey Thursday evening with a 115-99 loss to the Miami Warmth. Video shot by a fan from that sport confirmed Celtics veteran Marcus Morris get in a quick altercation on the bench with third-year ahead Jaylen Brown.
Morris downplayed the incident Saturday, saying they’ve each moved previous it.
In opposition to the Magic, Irving appeared pissed off with teammate Gordon Hayward, who inbounded the ball to Jayson Tatum with 2.9 seconds to play. Tatum missed a baseline jumper that might have tied the sport.
“Subsequent query,” Irving mentioned when requested about his response. “J.T. acquired look, so let’s transfer on.”
Each incidents had been the latest examples of an obvious lack of cohesion throughout the Celtics — one thing that did not seem to be the case with the 2017-18 staff, which reached the East finals and misplaced to James’ Cavaliers in seven video games.
Requested the distinction between these Celtics and these, Irving’s reply was easy.
“We had nothing to lose final 12 months,” he mentioned. “No person had any expectations.. … We come into this season with expectations, and it is actual. … That is new, it is robust, and it is exhausting.
“What we’re going through now could be nothing in contrast to being on that stage, attempting to get a gold trophy. It is exhausting now. What do you assume it is going to be once we get to the Finals?
“We will not be comfy being a fifth [seed]. I am not comfy with it.”