It's 'Team Meeting' Season In Boston

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Thirty minutes after the final buzzer sounded, Boston's locker room was still not open to media.

On Friday, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Horford had done more work and was being assessed day-to-day.

So, what was responsible for the delay?

Was the meeting, which included both players and coaches, tense?

Irving said it's just about taking care of bodies and getting through the workload. "It's about us. We're trying to be a unit". He was two for two with four points and a rebound.

Kyrie Irving had 15 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Celtics, whose frustrations after their third straight loss carried over and led to a lengthy closed-door meeting in the locker room after the game.

As ESPN's Malika Andrews reported on Friday evening, there's optimism that we could see Ilyasova return back to action, with a facemask, relatively soon following his surgery to fix his broken nose. "It's not for everybody to know what we talked about".

"I get caught up in that as well", he told reporters.

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"We've just got to play hard the entire game, " said Tatum. "It's more about maintenance and survival right now".

Khris Middleton of the Bucks drives on Kyrie Irvin of the Celtics on Friday night. One discussion isn't going to suddenly make everything copacetic - as Brown noted, the team might need "a few more" - though openly acknowledging shortcomings should, in theory, only help. I know that everyone would like to think that, 'hey, what's going on?' and it's just not easy, it's an every day job. "So I think it was just time to address it".

Once again, as he has done several times during this season, Irving mentioned the Celtics' youth for being part of the problem.

"I don't want to put too much pressure on him, where he's got to step on the floor and score 35 points for us", Kokoskov said in anticipation of Oubre's debut. "If we have nothing in transition shooting with 16 or 17 on the clock or shooting a fadeaway, something like that". "That's an important thing - being consistent with that and patient with them".

"It's not about me", Brown said. "I literally can do anything I want out there, anytime I want but at the same time it's what can I do for my team to be more successful".

As for what should be expected of the team moving forward?

Last Wednesday, Kelly Oubre suited up for the Washington Wizards and dropped 20 points on the Boston Celtics in a 130-125 overtime loss at Capital One Arena. Having already completed nearly 40 percent of their schedule, they are 5½ games back of the first-place Toronto Raptors.

LL Cool J was sitting courtside and got a big cheer when he showed up on the monitor as his song "Mama Said Knock You Out" blasted through the public address system.

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