BOSTON - The Boston Celtics dropped their third straight game on Wednesday night at TD Garden, falling to the New York Knicks 117-109. It was argubly the Celtics’ worst loss of the season, as they trailed at one point by 26 points. They would make a late run, but as Brad Stevens said, all they did was give themselves a chance. It’s the latest game in the Celtics’ set of complex struggles over the last five weeks.
“I just don’t know if we’re that good,” said Stevens after Wednesday’s loss. “Maybe it’s not a wakeup call if you keep getting beat. We have to play better. And it’s not because we’re not capable of being good. It’s not because we weren’t good at one time in our lives. You’re good if you play good, and the results speak for themselves.” Stevens said the Celtics have a “myriad” of issues.
Boston came into this season with very high expectations, returning the same core that went to the Eastern Conference Finals just a year ago. However, Stevens said there’s some major differences with this season’s group.
“We’re not playing with the same personality we played with last year,” Stevens said. “That’s the easiest way to describe it. And then the 50,000 issues that are below that, we have to tackle one at a time.”
The Celtics hit the road for their next three games, beginning on Friday night in Atlanta at 7:30 PM EST.
Listen to everything Stevens had to say following Wednesday night’s loss below: