Published: Thu, November 29, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Kyrie Irving Believes the Celtics Are Almost at Rock Bottom

Kyrie Irving Believes the Celtics Are Almost at Rock Bottom

Pelicans forward Anthony Davis told reporters that he plans to play Monday night against the Boston Celtics after missing Saturday's loss to the Wizards with a right hip strain. Irving will become an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of this season and has expressed his intention to re-sign with the Celtics. The Celtics host Cleveland on Friday night. But Irving has a point. "So, I got to play nearly ideal every night to give us a chance to win".

The Celtics as a whole played pretty well on Monday night.

"Even if we're missing (Davis), we have to play the right way and the right way is to be able to control the ball some", Gentry said.

ESPN released their first batch of Real Plus-Minus figures for the 2018-19 season and if we compare players marks from this year to last year, we can see which players appear to have regressed the most. "No one's anxious about who's getting the ball, we're just focused on the defensive end". With Smart's spirited enthusiasm on the defensive end (picture a small dog running after a truck), the Pelicans turned the ball over eight times in the first quarter, leading to 11 Celtics points. You got ups and you got downs. That gives Stevens plenty of time to think about his starting five, which he says will be ever-evolving throughout the season.

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But it's clear that for now, the Celtics need Marcus Smart, his defense, and most importantly, his energy, on the floor to start games. "You know, in my head, I don't pay attention to it, I keep going back to it but it's the truth, I look at what I have now and what I can do now and that's helping my team win". Times like this, guys and teams tend to point the finger at one another and go their own way ... but this is a tight-knit group and we care for each and every one in that locker room.

Smart said opponents don't fear Boston the way they did last season when the Celtics reached the Eastern Conference finals. The Pelicans have made the playoffs just twice in Davis' career, with a year ago being the first time they advanced past the first round.

"We don't impose our fear and will on teams", Smart said.

In an interview with Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer, Stevens spoke on how there is no individual player holding the team back, but it is that the entire team is no clicking.

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