Marcus Morris paints picture of a Celtics locker room struggling to coexist

Marcus Morris paints picture of a Celtics locker room struggling to coexist

Marcus Morris paints picture of a Celtics locker room struggling to coexist

The Celtics haven't played since Saturday and they are 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings, but I think the 76ers are a team on the rise and they will prove that with a statement win at home in this one. The Celtics were well in control of things, up until the point in which Kyrie Irving succumbed to an injury and was forced out of the game.

Just two days after the LA Lakers rallied from 18 points down to stun Boston, the new-look LA Clippers climbed out of a 28-point hole to shock the Celtics, 123-112, in the National Basketball Association on Saturday, February 9 (Sunday, February 10, Manila time).

Harris has made a strong impression in his first two games, recording 22 points, six boards, and six assists in the team's 143-120 win over the Lakers Sunday.

The Celtics could have bigger problems than Irving's status, though. He noted multiple times that the recent stretch - even when the team was winning - has not been "fun". "When I look at us I just see a bunch of individuals". Will Irving's absence lead to a failed cover by the Celtics or do they have enough to keep pace with the Sixers?

"I did a poor job of setting an example for these young guys what it's like to get something out of your teammates", Irving said afterward. "That was a learning experience for me, realizing the magnitude of my voice and what I mean to these guys". Jayson Tatum, 20, hasn't elevated to stardom yet and has seen his shooting percentages dip.

Without Irving, Boston struggled to score in the third period.

But Stevens said the injury wasn't to blame for his team's collapse. But a run to the Finals has only gotten tougher, with Toronto, Philadelphia and Milwaukee all loading up at the trade deadline, while Boston was quiet.

It's been far from a bad season in Boston, just a more hard one than most anticipated. He said if a move to the bench helped the team, he'd be all for it.

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