Kyrie Irving and Al Horford agree Celtics need to do the “little things”


The Celtics suffered a tough loss in Houston Thursday night to a team that is 8-2 over its past 10 games. They had chances to pull out a win, but James Harden's 45 points and the 54-38 rebounding deficit proved to be the difference. 

In the locker room after the game, Kyrie Irving had an open conversation with Al Horford in front of reporters, claiming the Celtics have enough talent to win, but aren't doing enough of the little things. 

Yeah, we have the talent. But it’s not enough in this league, man. It’s not. For us, it’s just about making sure we’re doing the little things. I was talking to a couple of our guys, a couple of our veterans, and just making sure we stay on our young guys, as well as us having the responsibility of doing the little things.

According to the story by Jay King of The Athletic, Irving did most of the talking while Horford nodded in agreement to most of his statements. 

Irving added by saying there are plenty of opportunities to impact a game without the ball in your hands. 

You don’t need the ball to just dribble, dribble and shoot a fadeaway every single time. You can cut backdoor, you can screen for a teammate. There are other things to help an offense flourish rather than just standing out on the perimeter.

Following a signature win over the 76ers on Christmas Day, the Celtics weren't able to take out a formidable foe on the road. However, the team's open communication is evident and could mean fixing these issues faster than earlier in the season. 

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