Kyrie Irving says there is ‘selfish play’ within Celtics
Following the contest, the Celtics had a very long team meeting in the locker room before speaking to the press. The Celtics have lost three games in a row.
After the game, Irving told Brian Robb of the Boston Sports Journal that he’s seeing some selfish play within the team.
Kyrie: "Obviously, (there is) some selfish play out there where we have some really talented guys, but we’re better as a team sharing the basketball."
— Brian Robb (@BrianTRobb) December 22, 2018
Kyrie Irving believes that the Celtics have had trouble playing unselfish basketball. At times, Terry Rozier and Jaylen Brown have played with a bit of tunnel vision, and it has hurt the team’s overall ball-movement. For Stevens’ offensive scheme to succeed, there needs to be constant ball-movement. And the Celtics have had trouble getting that.
Kyrie Irving talked about the importance of the extended team meeting, per Clevis Murray of The Athletic:
“Much needed, much needed. I think everyone can see that we’ve obviously had some inconsistencies regarding our play, so I think it was just time to address it. It’s an everyday job, I’ve been saying it since the beginning of the season. It’s not going to look pretty, it’s not going to look great at all times. The biggest thing for me is just patience and I think also just being honest with each one another in just how we feel. You know, being able to talk to one another without anybody taking it personal.”
Oftentimes, the seriousness of a postgame meeting can spark renewal into a teams’ problems from within. But for the Celtics, individual agendas must be put aside for the greater good of winning games.
The Celtics are 18-13 on the season and sit fifth in the NBA’s Eastern Conference standings. They will play the Charlotte Hornets at home this coming Saturday.