Kyrie Irving: Young Celtics have 'a lot of learning to do'

Florence Fletcher
January 14, 2019

"You've got to be patient and continue to work hard and things will fall in place". You have to be able to play through the full 48 minutes, no matter what's going on and hold your head high when you make mistakes.

It all came down to the final play.

"You have to appreciate to be out there and just competing". It doesn't matter who you're going against. What's the big picture? "I like Marcus' and Jaylen's character and personalities and feistiness, and, like, I just think nothing of something like this. It's not easy to be great".

That shouldn't be surprising, as Smart is one of the players you could consider a brother-in-arms while you battle to win the game and usually directs his ire to the opposition, and nobody else (unless you're an assistant coach on the bench, perhaps).

And it's just the latest "drama" to seemingly derail the Celtics in what's been a season of team meetings and role changes being met with some slight contention and frustrations from players that thrived for last year's undermanned unit.

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Stevens' acknowledgement of it as a silver lining in the midst of dustup says as much. "I think we've done more good things recently".

"He (Hayward) had a couple of options on it and one of them is Tatum curling off that screen and being available for that shot", Stevens explained.

Midway through the 82-game schedule, the Celtics find themselves stuck in the No. 5 spot in the conference standings with a 25-16 record, looking up at the Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors, Indiana Pacers and Philadelphia 76ers.

"We have a long way to go, " said Stevens.

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