Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart has revealed that his team held a meeting in the locker room following Friday's loss to the Sacramento Kings. On Friday night, the Celtics lost to the Kings and it was their fourth defeat in five games.
Two days later on Sunday, the Celtics performed much better as they saw off the Orlando Magic 112-96 to get back on the winning streak. "We just kind of sat in the locker room and we just really self-reflected on each other," Smart said after the Celtics responded with a 112-96 victory over the Magic at Boston's TD Garden on Sunday, per ESPN.
"We asked each other, like I said, 'How do we want to end the season? How do we want to be remembered for this season?' Everybody agreed, this was a bad feeling and an ugly feeling that we are feeling and we don't want to feel like this.
"We don't want to look back on this season and be like, 'Damn, we could have did this.' We still have time. It's not a lot, the margin for it is closing, but we still have time to fix it, and that's what we are trying to do."
Smart hopes the Celtics turn the things around
The Celtics, who entered the season as one of the favorites to win it all, have a 21-21 record and they are sitting at No. 6 on the Eastern Conference standings. "We were focusing on what we want this season to be for us, what we want to leave behind this season," Smart said.
"We have enough time to turn it around, and that's all on us. We sat down and we understand we haven't been playing to the criteria that we expected and others expect us to. We are a young team, and we are learning.
The big thing and the biggest thing about growth is understanding and accepting the faults that you are wrong for -- yourself, individually, and as a team. "The talks that we had, we did that. We just tried to sit down and tried to figure it out and listen to one another to help -- not ourselves, but the team, individually and everybody.
Try to put everybody in the right position to succeed, and we came out and it showed tonight, and that's what we have to continue to keep going."