It's 'Team Meeting' Season In Boston

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

"I didn't take anything personally from it, but we all got to be better".

A trio of injuries certainly have hurt them - Aron Baynes broke his hand, Al Horford continues to nurse patellofemoral pain syndrome, and Marcus Morris is battling right knee soreness - but inconsistent play and lack of effort seemingly have done more damage.

Though, the active group believes that they should be able to find a way to win regardless, by utilizing the available talent that they have. He was two for two with four points and a rebound.

Star guard Kyrie Irving told reporters that the meeting, which lasted 36 minutes after the final buzzer, was "much needed" after the team suffered it's third straight loss.

There were already questions about the veracity of Boston's win streak, given all eight wins came against teams that are below.500 - and several came against some of the league's worst opponents. The team stumbled to a 10-10 start to the season, and rivals such as the Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers have been better than expected.

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"There's forty-nine more games to go, and this is where teams really show what they're made of over the next 20 games, the next 30 games or whatnot", said Irving.

Kyrie Irving said the Celtics addressed "selfish play" in a lengthy team meeting after a loss to the Bucks on Friday. I'll be the first to admit I've dealt with my own challenges to be more consistent in the defensive end, do things for myself that would be more beneficial for our team. "I think everyone can see that we've had some inconsistencies regarding our play".

Nothing seemed too abnormal when the Celtics locker room finally opened Friday night. Either we're going to be all in or we're not. One discussion isn't going to suddenly make everything copacetic - as Brown noted, the team might need "a few more" - though openly acknowledging shortcomings should, in theory, only help.

"I don't know any updates on timelines or anything like that", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. "We've just got to play harder". Now, they will look to walk the walk toward consistency and long-term success. "I wish I had an answer".

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