Despite entering the season as the Eastern Conference favorites, the Boston Celtics' year hasn't been going smoothly. It reached a low point Saturday night when the Celtics blew a 28-point lead in a 123-112 loss against the Los Angeles Clippers. The TD Garden crowd booed its own team at the end of the humiliating showing. Afterward, Celtics veteran Marcus Morris ripped into his team's lackluster play.
"For me, it's not really about the loss it's about the attitudes that we're playing with. You got guys hanging their heads. It's just not fun," Morris said. "I don't see the joy in the game. I watch all these other teams in the league, guys jumping on the bench, jumping on the court...when I look at us I see a bunch of individuals."
Kyrie Irving has also voiced his frustrations about his young teammates, saying they don't know "what it takes to be a championship-level team." The guard left the Clippers game after spraining his knee in the second quarter.
The recent banter around the Celtics has also included Irving hinting that he may leave the team this summer and how the front office is willing to give up almost anything to secure Pelicans' big man Anthony Davis.
There's still a lot of season left for the Celtics to get it together, and Boston is the fifth-seed in the East, six games ahead of the Nets. Still, Morris would clearly love for his teammates to focus—and soon.
"The trade deadline's over. We're competing for a championship and that's how we got to approach these games," Morris explained. "We're going to lose games. But we don't have no attitude, we don't have no toughness, we ain't having fun. It's gonna long season."