Boston Celtics guard Kemba Waller acknowledged that his team has got to play Harden after losing to the Washington Wizards 104-91 and suffering their second consecutive loss. "[We] just need to play harder," Walker said.
"That's it. We're not playing hard. We're not playing as hard as we know we can. "When you play hard, great things happen. And right now, it just hasn't been consistent, our play. So like I said, we're going to continue to watch film and learn from our mistakes and get better."
The Celtics suffered a home loss to the Detroit Pistons, before losing to the Wizards in their following game. "It could be," Celtics guard Jaylen Brown said, when asked if this weekend could be considered rock bottom for the Celtics.
"It's up to the mentality of everybody, how we come in every day and prepare to work. "If you let it be a rock-bottom mentality, then that's what it's gonna be. [If] you come to play, then it'll show.
And today, we weren't very good."
The Celtics need to 'improve a lot'
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens has acknowledged that his players have to improve a lot if they want to return to their old form. "There's a lot," Stevens said, when asked what needs to improve for the Celtics to get back to playing the way they are used to.
"We just have to be better at controlling the things that we can control, playing together the right way on both ends of the court. "If our team can play more like that last five minutes, then we can be as good as we can be.
If not, we will be average ... We have to play well to win. It's not like we are going to roll the balls out and win that game. We have to play well, so when we don't play well, and we don't take care of the little things, we definitely have no chance."
The Celtics play next against the Denver Nuggets. "I think we've got to look at everything," Stevens said. "I know we've talked a lot about lineups and consistency and who plays and who doesn't play.
Guys that really move the ball or guys that really run the spots and really execute hard have probably got to be the priority, playing-wise, for now around our very best players. And I think that that's where we're gonna have to get to, because that's clearly an issue."