Celtics hand Bulls historic beating - USA

Sherman Parsons
December 13, 2018

I think regardless of whatever the score is, I want to go out there and compete, but obviously we didn't get a chance to do that.

Jaylen Brown scored 19 for Boston, which was also without Gordon Hayward and Aron Baynes.

A players-only meeting was called after a blowout loss to the Boston Celtics, which saw the Bulls lose by a franchise record 56 points.

There were plenty of problem areas that needed to be dealt with as the Celtics stumbled around the first quarter of the season.

Al Horford's injured knee didn't keep him from leaping to his feet when Jayson Tatum drove past Anthony Davis for a dunk. Stevens said Morris "took it to a different level" when the team suffered its first wave of injuries last March - and has remained consistent ever since. "We definitely feel like we can win".

There are a number of injury concerns for both teams heading into this matchup though, and this game could end up being a bit of a letdown. When asked about it, Boylen said he had no problem with players reaching out to players association officials.

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A lack of chemistry at the offensive end was right there among the leading reasons why the Celtics, the preseason pick to win the Eastern Conference, was just 10-10 two weeks ago. That's why we have 12 guys on the roster.

In their first game back from their respective injuries, Kris Dunn and Bobby Portis combined for 18 points, 11 rebounds, and 7 assists in limited minutes.

"I think ... one of the, kind of, trademarks of this group has been whoever's not available, you don't focus on that, you just focus on how to play to your strengths, " said coach Brad Stevens.

It is certainly not easy to hop into an National Basketball Association game and get extended minutes as an unproven rookie that spends most of the time on the bench.

After the players met, Boylen and his coaching staff joined them for another meeting that rookie Wendell Carter Jr. said was the players coming to coaches "as men and [talking] to them about how we felt". Portis pulled down 8 rebounds and knocked in a three-pointer whereas Dunn dished out 6 assists and played tight defense on the Sacramento Kings' backcourt duo of De'Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield.

"Win one, lose one, win one, lose one for the past eight", Davis said. In Sunday's meetings, players sought a better understanding of Boylen's public comments disparaging their effort and conditioning. They had a season-high 27 turnovers.

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