The Boston Celtics are still grasping for consistency this season after dropping another bitter defeat on Wednesday night, losing to the Atlanta Hawks, 110-99.

With the setback, the Celtics dropped to 7-8, tied with the Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks for ninth place in an increasingly competitive Eastern Conference.

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Celtics star Jayson Tatum lamented their lack of aggressiveness on offense after their loss to the Hawks, but also expressed a hint of optimism despite their struggles (via ESPN).

“We’re not where we want to be. The more we can play with pace, guys will get easier looks. We’ll knock down some shots.”

Tatum had a strong showing against the Hawks with a game-high 34 points on top of nine rebounds and five assists, but the Celtics lacked firepower without key cogs Jaylen Brown and Robert Williams III who are both nursing injuries. The team only shot 44.0 percent from the field and only made 11 out of 41 three-point attempts.

Talks have heated up in recent days that the Celtics should make a drastic move involving Tatum and Brown. While the All-Star duo has been fantastic, some believe that the young studs are redundant. There were reports that the Philadelphia 76ers dangled Ben Simmons in exchange for Brown but the Celtics refused to pull the trigger.

The Celtics will renew their rivalry with the equally struggling Los Angeles Lakers on Friday.