I think we lost our intensity, to be honest, Ball said. We need to stick to what’s working. We got away from it. We started playing conservatively a little bit, and when our defense goes down, so does our offense.
We didn’t show up the first half, for whatever reason, Casey said. We found a way to pull together, but the Lakers did a good job of punching us in the mouth there.
Siakam continued to take advantage of extensive playing time made available by the injury absences of Valanciunas and Nogueira. After scoring 20 points against the Warriors on Wednesday, Siakam went 8 for 10 from the field and grabbed five rebounds.
As for the future, Garoppolo, like the aforementioned Cousins in Washington, heads into free agency after the season. There’s therefore no long-term guarantee, but this isn’t the type of move Shanahan & Co. would make if they didn’t believe in Garoppolo as their future under center.
Boston lost opening night in Cleveland and then the next night at home to the Milwaukee Bucks. But things have changed since, and Irving has overcome some shooting problems and also more than helped out on defense as the Celtics have held all five opponents under 100 points — matching the longest such defensive stretch in the coaching tenure of Brad Stevens.
I felt like I had to adjust to them, Irving said of his new teammates. That was probably the biggest thing. Coming in and even playing pickup with those guys, they have a team-oriented-at-all-times vibe and culture here, and I had to be able to adjust my individual talents to the greater good of the group.
I feel that has been going a lot better than even I expected because of the guys that we have in this locker room. They make it a lot easier.
Said Stevens: You can tell he’s getting more comfortable every time he takes the floor.