Still, the Jazz were unified in their postgame locker room in support of Mitchell, who was booed throughout the game by Philadelphia fans who has not forgotten the disputed race to be NBA Rookie of the Year last season between him and Ben Simmons of the 76ers. The Celtics are a tough team on the boards ranking No. 11 at 46.5 rebounds per game.
Stevens resisted the urge to change up the lineup, opting to let his five best players keep working together. We need him to rebound.
"I just think that, for the amount of work that, like I said before, that guys put in, I think they have expectations for themselves, and I think that's completely normal". The great teams bring it the next night.
"The thing I appreciate about our team is anybody would say that and feel that and be willing to do it because we've got a bunch of good guys on this team, " said Stevens.
"It's definitely a challenge, but the best teams in the league do it", he said of playing twice in 24 hours.
"I think past year, the young guys that are in the locker room now, some of the guys that are playing, they were a little bit younger".
Before playing the Raptors, Stevens again took the blame for the Celtics less-than-smooth start this season.
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"I've said it before that I can do a little bit of everything", he said. I'll do better, " he said.
Jazz: Close out a five-game trip at the Indiana Pacers on Monday night. But I thought Rubio more than made up with it with his overall defensive smarts, and holding Irving to only 20 after scoring 43 against Toronto on Friday is an accomplishment. "I just think also the inconsistencies we've been showcasing too, it can be frustrating as a coach as well as a player too".
"We needed energy", Stevens explained. In the meantime, we get a chance to do that when we play against teams like (the Raptors). They beat us twice.
Enough with those playoff vibes, which dissolved once Toronto left town Friday night. Kyrie Irving, one night after his finest night in Green with 43 points, found himself alone this time with 20 points on 8-for-16 shooting.
LIVE AND DIE BY THE 3-BALL: Three-point shooting continues to be a feast or starvation proposition for the Celtics this season.
Williams was on the inactive list on Friday night.
In a Nutshell: Second game of a back to back or not, the Boston Celtics wanted this win, in no small part due to the Utah Jazz having spanked them in Salt Lake City with the home crowd fully motivated by Hayward-hate. Overall Boston shot 38.5 percent, not that far behind Utah's 45 percent...until you take into account that the Jazz took far fewer shots, and were thus picking their spots in a way the Celtics weren't. He said we've got to fix this s***. "I didn't realize he had gotten to 39".