Before the game against Orlando, an NBA insider reveals the Celtics’ players-only meeting.
You were probably right if you felt things weren’t going well in the Boston Celtics locker room before today. The Celtics convened a players-only meeting on Thursday, November 3, before their game against the Orlando Magic, according to NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski.
Boston finally defeated Orlando, conceding only 79 points in the process.
“They held a players-only meeting,” Wojnarowski added, “and Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum, and Jaylen Brown did talk about the collapse against the Bulls and Smart’s comments about those two not passing the ball at times.” “It was emotional at points, but in the end, it wasn’t a particularly productive or even beneficial meeting.” There have been problems with this team, with this group, for a long time.”
For NBA Countdown, I’m reporting on the Celtics’ players-only meeting in Orlando, and how there’s still a lot of work to be done among the team’s key players. pic.twitter.com/1fQ7VmDsdC
November 3, 2021 — Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn)
The meeting comes after the Celtics’ second-half collapse against the Chicago Bulls, and immediately after Smart spoke to the media about Tatum and Brown’s lack of passing down the stretch.
Ime Udoka appears to have inherited a Celtics squad that is still tormented by the ghosts of previous seasons, which Wojnarowski mentions at the close of his Celtics segment. “At 2-5 and facing the Magic tonight, Ime Udoka, the first-year Boston head coach, must address and help the squad work through this problem, much as Brad Stevens did, and it tormented his administration, especially near the conclusion of last season,” Woj said.
The Celtics’ sluggish start is adding fuel to the fire.
The Celtics have only two victories this season, against the Houston Rockets and Charlotte Hornets, after losing to the New York Knicks, Washington Wizards (twice), Toronto Raptors, and Chicago Bulls.
The team’s offensive plan, which is mostly built on single-screen actions and isolation play, as well as their inability to implement Udoka’s switch everything defensive scheme, have added to the team’s media pressure.
These concerns aren’t new to this season, and they’re similar to those that plagued the Celtics since their run to the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2019-20 NBA Orlando bubble season.
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