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SportKyrie: Celtics' team meeting following Bucks loss was turning point

09:20  10 january  2019
09:20  10 january  2019 Source:   thescore.com

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Friday's game was the team 's third straight loss . Kyrie Irving shoots against Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo. “It was just the team trying to get on the same page, get everything together,” said forward Jaylen Brown, who tallied 21 points in the losing effort.

Kyrie credits team meeting for Celtics ' offensive turnaround (1:17). Kyrie Irving cites a team meeting as the turning point in Boston's season, and Paul Pierce explains At the time of the meeting , the Celtics had lost three straight games, including a home loss to the lowly Phoenix Suns, on the heels

Kyrie: Celtics' team meeting following Bucks loss was turning point© Maddie Meyer / Getty Images Sport / Getty

It was on Dec. 21 following a 120-107 loss at the hands of the Milwaukee Bucks that the Boston Celtics - losers of three in a row at the time - elected to hold a team meeting in the locker room to address issues plaguing them.

The Celtics have been on a roll since then, leaving All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving satisfied with the impact that meeting had on he and his teammates.

"We could pinpoint a lot of turning points," Irving said following Boston's blowout win over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday, according to ESPN's Tim Bontemps. "We just want to build that chemistry first. Just getting with one another, really put everything out there and then move on from that point.

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21 following a 120-107 loss at the hands of the Milwaukee Bucks that the Boston Celtics - losers of three in a row at the time - elected to hold a team meeting in the locker room to address issues plaguing them. The Celtics have been on a roll since then, leaving All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving

Star guard Kyrie Irving said Wednesday that a team meeting held after a Dec. 21 home loss to the Milwaukee Bucks helped players to clear the air about several topics. "We could pinpoint a lot of turning points ," Irving told reporters after last night's win vs. Indiana, per ESPN's Tim Bontemps.

"At that point, playing against Milwaukee, we weren't at rock bottom, but we needed to address some s--- in this locker room. It's just good to get stuff out in the air. As grown men and guys that have expectations for themselves, it was good to hear guys talk about what they wanted for themselves and what they wanted for this team."

Boston has gone 7-2 over its last nine games since falling to the Bucks, and finds itself in the midst of a four-game winning streak that's improved its overall record to 25-15.

Irving scored just 12 points on nine shot attempts against Indiana, which was his third-lowest point total of the campaign. He admitted after the aforementioned meeting that he needed to focus less on his own offense and prioritize the success of the team as a whole.

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After the home loss against the Milwaukee Bucks , the Boston Celtics hold a team meeting that lasted 36 minutes. Per ESPN, “Much needed,” Celtics guard Kyrie Irving said of the discussion. “At this point it comes down to cohesion, being able to trust the pass, trust what we have going on out there

Kyrie credits team meeting for Celtics ' offensive turnaround (1:17). Kyrie Irving cites a team meeting as the turning point in Boston's season, and Paul Pierce explains At the time of the meeting , the Celtics had lost three straight games, including a home loss to the lowly Phoenix Suns, on the heels

"We're making shots and we're continuing to make each other better and making those plays that we weren't making at the beginning of the season of just trusting one another in specific positions in our offense," Irving added. "At this point, I feel like we're very comfortable in what we're running, and guys being in specific spots, and opportunities that we can take advantage of, and passes being delivered on time, and just caring about the pass and caring about your teammate making a shot.

"So everything we talked about at the beginning of the season, I feel like it's translating now as we continue to get to know one another. Meat of the season right now and you can tell that our team is just feeling really good being around each other. And it's totally different in terms of how we feel out there. It's just really positive. And when I don't have to go out there and score 30 it's cool with me. I probably won't have to score 30 for us until we play one of the best teams in the league -- or, if any -- until the playoffs. So I'm happy about that."

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TD GARDEN -- After getting drilled at home by the Milwaukee Bucks the Celtics shut the locker room doors and aired it out for over 30 minutes. No one talked

Share The Celtics already had a team meeting . They had a “ team discussion,” according to Marcus Morris, after a 13- point loss to the Bucks on Friday night, which Kyrie Irving elaborated on. An up year can be followed by an immediate down season, and vice versa, as we’ve seen for both Donovan

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