Things didn’t go so smoothly for the Boston Celtics leading up to the 2018-19 NBA season, as they finished preseason play with an underwhelming 1-3 record.
On Tuesday, Celtics guard Kyrie Irving spoke to media members about the team’s preseason struggles.
“We’re asking a lot of our players to be like basketball savants now, rather than just basketball players,” Irving said. “We have to be a lot smarter, a lot more diligent in what we’re doing, a lot more communicative out there, and it’s going to take some time.”
You can see Irving’s comments below, via Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston:
Kyrie Irving goes deep on Boston’s preseason struggles: “We’re asking a lot of our players to be like basketball savants now, rather than just basketball players.” pic.twitter.com/o24U6bvA2j
— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) October 9, 2018
Irving’s backup, Terry Rozier, was not happy with the way that the Celtics played throughout the preseason and thinks that they’re acting like they already won something.
“I feel like we need to get our mind right. Take some time off,” Rozier said, via the Celtics Wire. “But at the same time, we gotta get out there and just find our way… I feel like we arrived like we already won something. Teams know that people are talking about us every time you turn on the TV, so that’s going to motivate them to want to beat us no matter if it’s the second string, third string, no matter who it is. We’ve got to stay grounded and go back to playing Boston Celtics basketball and being who we are instead of thinking we’re above everybody.”
The Celtics open up the regular season at home against the Philadelphia 76ers on October 16.