NEW YORK -- The Celtics lost back-to-back games Thursday night for the first time this season since the second night of the year. They have now dropped five of their last nine overall. Against the Knicks, they were beaten by a player in Michael Beasley (season-high 32 points on 13-of-20 shooting) that has played for six different teams over his ten-year NBA career and is playing on a veteran’s minimum contract this year.
On the surface, all of these issues are cause for concern. However, Brad Stevens didn’t sound like a coach that was bothered by his team’s play during Thursday’s 102-93 defeat at Madison Square Garden.