Jaylen Brown, Marcus Morris in Celtics bench altercation


These are a lot of things that I don't think that some of my teammates have faced of just every single day. Most people would not have blamed him if he went out and hit a nightclub like so many other visiting players do before and after games against the Heat, but Irving obviously felt shooting was a better way to spend his time. "You know, they're best buddies, but it's just the heat of the battle, and I didn't have a second thought about it".

"We have a long way to go, " said Stevens.

The Celtics will look to prove that they're still a united group Saturday night against the Orlando Magic. "The best thing I can say is experience, we're lacking it and because of that we have a lot of learning to do, so we have a lot of ground to make up in that aspect".

Midway through the 82-game schedule, the Celtics find themselves stuck in the No. 5 spot in the conference standings with a 25-16 record, looking up at the Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors, Indiana Pacers and Philadelphia 76ers.

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Brad Stevens' biggest takeaway from the Jaylen Brown-Marcus Morris dustup was...

"I honestly didn't think anything of it", Ainge told the Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett on Friday. "Heck, I remember those things happening to Rondo and Perk. It gets tough. When it gets hard you've got to think".

"He (Hayward) had a couple of options on it and one of them is Tatum curling off that screen and being available for that shot", Stevens explained. The team's four-game winning streak came to a close, as well.

"If you don't humble yourself, the world has a way of humbling it for you, " said Marcus Smart.