Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Celtics (3-5) held a players-only assembly earlier than their 92-79 win over the Orlando Magic (2-7).
The staff got here collectively following Celtics guard Marcus Smarts’ comments in a postgame interview the place he acknowledged that Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum must cross the ball extra (per ESPN). Sensible’s feedback got here after Boston’s 128-114 upset towards the Bulls, the place they had been outscored 39-11 within the fourth quarter at dwelling.
“The previous few days, we’ve simply been targeted on Orlando,” Brown says, per ESPN. “That was the objective: come out, attempt to get a win. That was it. Crew assembly — simply a chance to speak as a gaggle, get some communication getting in, and transfer ahead.”
“On the finish of the day, we’ve been taking part in basketball collectively for a very long time, all of us, particularly our core group. So when it comes all the way down to it, it’s all about looking for methods to win, and that’s what the dialog was about, et cetera. The final two days, we’ve simply been targeted on Orlando, and now we’re targeted on Miami.”
Whereas each Tatum (14 factors, six rebounds, three assists) and Brown’s (team-high 28 factors, 5 boards, three assists) help’s averages have dropped this season, Brown acknowledges that there are areas he and his teammate may enhance in:
“I can do a variety of issues higher,” Brown says, per ESPN. “Attempt to discover methods to get guys going, speaking to Jayson, looking for methods to get him going. Simply making our teammates higher. I feel that’s a part of being a pacesetter and issues like that. I nonetheless have a variety of progress to do this I’m actively engaged on. However that’s my problem, and I’m focusing my power on that. Simply persevering with to look at movie and get higher and see how I could make my teammates higher.”
The Celtics look to proceed their profitable methods Thursday towards the Miami Warmth (6-1).