Published: Tue, January 15, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Marcus Morris, Jaylen Brown downplay timeout scuffle from Celtics-Heat

Marcus Morris, Jaylen Brown downplay timeout scuffle from Celtics-Heat

You know, I'm a competitor.

The Celtics have won seven out of 10 and are 25-16, but that still falls below the lofty expectations they had before the season.

"When you're as competitive as we both are, tempers can get hot", Morris told reporters during shootaround in Orlando Saturday. So we have a lot of ground to make up in that aspect and it gets tough.

Irving suggested Monday the players are feeling the pressure of lofty expectations placed on them at the beginning of the season. Guys were on, I don't want to say their last legs, but it's all or nothing. You can't gamble and think that it is going to be the winning play.

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That is not going to happen, we are not going to pay £100m for a holding midfielder. Our performance against the smaller teams has to be better now, we know that.

What if Irving - who forced his way out of the Cavaliers, perhaps to become the star player who didn't have to share the spotlight - learned all he needed to know about leadership from the guy who helped him win a title back in Cleveland: LeBron James. You have to appreciate being out there and just competing. It matters the type of preparation you have. What's the big picture? I'm trying to win a championship.' Every single day was built towards that. It is not easy to be great.

"So the things you're doing, that you've done your entire career, of being able to coast by in certain situations, and you've gotten away with your youth and stuff like that". "We just want to build that chemistry first".

"We had nothing to lose previous year", he said.

Whenever it looks like the Celtics were righting the ship and playing as a team, they go out and make a handful of mental mistakes and get blown out by a bad team. We were supposed to be at a certain point, we surpassed that. At Monday morning's shoot around in Brooklyn, Irving picked up where he left off, reminding everyone of just how important experience is in the National Basketball Association, while also reminding reporters of just how meticulous he is off the court when it comes to studying game film and his opponents.

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