The Boston Celtics suffered their worst lack of the season on Tuesday evening, as they fell to the Toronto Raptors by the ultimate of 118-95.

After the loss, head coach Brad Stevens advised reporters, “I believed we had been simply outplayed in each which means.” Shooting guard Marcus Smart defined, “we’re simply not collectively.”

Marcus Smart Says Celtics “Just Not Together” Following Blowout Loss

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“What are the primary components to these collapses? Not being collectively,” Smart stated, per ESPN. “And that is it. We’re simply not collectively. Plain and easy. That’s it. Because if we had been collectively, that would not occur. We’re all speaking and linking up, however like I stated, it is one thing we’re going by way of, and it is one thing we’ll should proceed to work at and determine it out.”

 

“This is actual,” Stevens stated. “The actuality is that we’re taking a number of shortcuts and never being as stable as now we have been previously within the final two video games. I believed we had been actually good in opposition to Milwaukee. So, it is not like we do not know what we have to do, however for no matter cause, we have taken too many shortcuts. You cannot try this in opposition to any staff. Certainly tonight, they uncovered us and performed nice.”

When requested how the staff might deal with these “shortcuts,” All Star level guard Kyrie Irving responded, “I do not know. It’s as much as Brad.” Asked whether or not he agreed with Smart’s remarks in regards to the Celtics’ not being collectively, “That’s Marcus’ opinion,” Irving stated. “I respect it.”

The Celtics (37-24) are at the moment sitting in fifth place within the Eastern Conference.