The Celtics have dropped six of their last nine games and blew a 10-point fourth quarter lead against Kemba Walker and the Charlotte Hornets on Monday. The defeat led to a change of plans for Brad Stevens, who called for a practice on a planned off day on Tuesday at the Auerbach Center, despite a busy schedule that includes three games in the next four days starting Wednesday.
While there is no doubt about the sense of urgency right now across the Celtics organization to turn the corner after the team's 9-8 start, Stevens did not call the practice to send a message to his players on that front. Instead, he was encouraged by a hard-fought loss against a red-hot Walker that had plenty of positives to build off of and wanted to get in some work on the details.
"I just think there's little things that we can clean up," Stevens acknowledged. "As I thought when I watched it again last night, it was a step in the right direction, which is encouraging, but obviously still not where we want to be."
What exactly was good about a night though that involved giving up 72 percent shooting in the fourth quarter in an ugly finish?