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Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Celtics starters called out for selfish play by Ime Udoka

Jayson Tatum Jaylen Brown Ime Udoka Celtics

The Boston Celtics just lost a game that they probably should have won.

The San Antonio Spurs were mired in a six-game losing where their average margin of defeat was -13.8, that was up until they upset the visiting Celtics.

Boston fell behind by as much as 24 points and had to battle back, taking a seven-point lead with under five minutes left in the game. But the team could’ve complete the comeback as the Spurs eventually fought back to win, 96-88.

Head coach Ime Udoka had some choice words for the Celtics starting lineup after the game.

Via NESN’s Alexandra Francisco:

“We can’t dig ourselves that hole, come out flat for no reason,” said the Celtics coach. “It’s habits and we need to break – not trying to go isolation with all those, you know we got Marcus, Jaylen, Jayson, and Dennis starting. They need to learn to play together. Not try to just get baskets for themselves.”

It was a poor night overall for the Celtics starters, who all had a negative +/- to finish the game. Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Dennis Schroder, Al Horford, and Marcus Smart combined for a miserable 26-for-75 shooting clip from the field, good for just 34.6%.

The loss drops Boston to 10-10. They’ll have a chance to get back over .500 in their next game against an Eastern Conference rival – the Toronto Raptors.