Kyrie Irving says Boston needs to find a ‘happy balance’

Meanwhile, Rudy Gobert had some great moments against Joel Embiid in the bout against Philly, but got roasted in the fourth quarter, made some crucial defensive mistakes which proved costly and finished the game an appalling minus-26. Third is the word: In recent years, third quarters have been where the league's best teams put the hurtin' on their opponents (including the Warriors and the latest iteration of the Raptors) thus invalidating any first-half issues.

Celtics: Host the Utah Jazz on Saturday night.

Jonas Valanciunas is making $16.5 million per year.

To his credit, Kyrie Irving did play a "team game" on Friday night, finishing with 11 assists on route to a 123-116 overtime win. "I think once we get that, and we find that consistency, we'll be good".

"But it could have easily went the other way - for myself and Jayson".

"That's not easy, but that's what we need".

BOARD IT UP: Rebounding continues to be a choose-your-own-adventure proposition for the Boston Celtics, showing signs of being dominant one night and dormant the next. Both of us are products of that situation. And, of course, he'd rather have the two working together on the Jazz.

"We have to build a tougher team mindset than we have", Stevens said. Derrick Favors contributed 13 points and six boards. Anytime there's a need, it's the mother of invention, right? "We needed other guys out there". That's usually how it works. I think we're in a good position to be 12-4.

"If you're not playing to the standard then, as a team, we just don't all click", Irving continued. But Tatum wound up kicking him in the head as he came back down. "And I'm pretty sure we'll see them down the road".

"It was frustrating because I wanted to be out there and still fight", Horford said.

When a season is 82-games long, you are going to take a more relaxed on approach on certain nights. He knows that this is part of the process of Mitchell's development.

"You can't please everybody", Mitchell said. In college, you have practice four or five times a week to get used to those things. We had a game last night, and we've got a game tonight.

Butler was 12 of 15 from the field and the Sixers improved to 8-0 at home this season while extending their home winning streak to 18 dating to last season. It's a back-to-back for both teams so it could be somewhat of an ugly affair, but I have a feeling that the exhausted legs will affect the horrific shooting of Utah more than it will Boston.

"I would say thus far, that's us, " said Stevens. Most impressively, he scored 19 in the fourth quarter as the two teams battled back and forth. "Both these guys have shown the mettle to handle that and shown one heck of a level of play for their ages".

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