Boston Celtics: Michael Carter-Williams
The Celtics rallied from a 14-point first-half deficit and were clinging to a one-point lead in the final seconds when Evan Turner blew past Jerryd Bayless and threw in a tough, contorting layup over Jared Sullinger as Philadelphia escaped with a 95-94 triumph at TD Garden.
"We’ve got to keep fighting," Gerald Wallace said. "A game like this kind of lets you know where you stand. It seemed like anything that could go wrong at the end did go wrong. We missed free throws. Kris [Humphries] missed a wide-open jump shot, which is right in his range and right in rhythm. Evan makes a floater going down the middle at the buzzer. Things went their way and we didn’t get the ball to bounce our way at the end."
The Celtics now own the third worst record in the league after flip-flopping spots with Philadelphia. Boston has three days off to collect itself before hosting the Orlando Magic (second-worst record in the league) on Sunday in a Super Bowl appetizer. Coach Brad Stevens said the practices later this week are extremely important to determining how the team will respond to a tough loss and the ongoing losing streak.
"There’s nowhere to go but up from here," Wallace said. "We’ve just got to continue. It just seems like when things start going bad, they really go bad for you. It seems like everything that can go wrong, goes wrong for you and it did tonight. I think our energy and effort was a little better than it was in the New York game, but it still seemed like we were a step behind them."
How do the Celtics cope with the mounting losses?
"If you have animals, you go home and hang out with them," Humphries said. "And spend time with family and you focus on your hobby when you're not practicing. When you are practicing, you practice hard and get ready for the next game."
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