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A few links from around the web about adversity.

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Winning cures all. But sometimes adversity creates sustainable growth. Here are some quick links from around the web to start your day.

via the Globe

“It’s funny because if you don’t humble yourself, the world has a way of humbling you for you,” Smart said. “For us to go through what we’ve been going through, it was something that we needed. It brought us back to reality.”

via The Athletic (Rozier interview)

How tough has it been for all you guys to sacrifice? From watching you guys, I think that’s been one of the toughest parts for you.

It’s definitely tough, man. It’s definitely tough. Some guys have more leeway than others, and that’s just what it is. That’s on a lot of teams. And then we’ve got special guys. We’ve got special guys. Gordon Hayward, he’s been special, coming back from an injury. He showed last game what he’s capable of and things like that. So we’ve got a lot of great talent. Once we put that all together, we’ll be where we want to be.

via the Herald

“We have a long way to go,” he said. “I think we have done more good things recently. Obviously a lot of the questions that we’ve all talked about and answered involve the offensive end of the floor, but that’s really a function of the first seven games being really poor. Since then, we’ve been better and the last couple weeks we have been better, but we still have a long way to go on that end. Defensively, I think we really need to clean up some things that are just habits. I go game-to-game, and I feel a little bit better about us, week-to-week, but we still have a long way to go.”

Tis the season... to build team chemistry through charity work? Sounds good to me.

via the Herald

With the help of Xfinity, the C’s pulled off a pre-Christmas shopping spree for 20 kids from the Boston Centers for Youth and Families Condon Community Center. The deserving bunch of youngsters, clad in new Celts tees and festive head garb, were ushered into Target in the Watertown Mall — only to be surprised by players Terry Rozier and Jayson Tatum.

Kyrie gets dunked on by a kid.