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Inside the Celtics Locker Room: unable to shake off the rust, the C’s drop a thriller in OT to Pelicans

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CLNS Media takes you Inside the Celtics Locker Room

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BOSTON - The Boston Celtics returned to TD Garden, from London, to face Anthony Davis, Rajon Rondo and the New Orleans Pelicans.

Through three quarters, the C’s could not shake the rust. Two hard fought runs in the 2nd half force OT but the Pelicans hung on to the lead and upset the Celts, 116-113. Full recap by Trags here.

Here’s all the sights and sounds from the game with the Celtics Locker Room Report:

BRAD STEVENS on What went wrong after having the lead late in regulation?

“Well I mean, you’ve got to play the whole way through. And tonight, obviously, it’s a 53-minute game. But I’ll go back and watch but I’m guessing we didn’t defend the way we wanted to for more than 10 or 12 minutes all night. So that was number one, and it kind of puts you in a tough spot. And then, you know, we had a drought there late where we had some good looks that didn’t go and we had some possessions that weren’t as good.”

KYRIE IRVING on final shot of game:

“It felt good. I can live with those results. There were a lot of things that happened throughout the game that got us to that point. We had to fight back and do some things. Just having a slow first half and some other things we could have corrected, but we fought back and gave ourselves a chance to take it to overtime and tied the game with my three at the end, but we had some other opportunities we could have taken advantage of that just didn’t go our way, but hat just part of the game. Take it as a learning experience.”

AL HORFORD discusses rare late-game collapse:

“I think that we were a little laid back throughout the game for whatever reason, just a little too relaxed. During those times we have to be able to execute better and we’ve been doing a good job of that all year, but for some reason tonight we didn’t. All game we were a little careless and it just carried over there at the end. We were up five and we thought we had it and it just got away from us.”

For Pressers from Rajon Rondo, Anthony Davis and the rest of the Pelicans, click here.