Kyrie Irving said the Celtics addressed “selfish play” in a lengthy team meeting after a loss to the Bucks on Friday.
Boston had reeled off eight wins in a row before their recent slump and Irving welcomed the frank discussions in the locker room, which lasted over half an hour.
“Much needed, much needed,” said Irving when asked about the team meeting.
“I think everyone can see that we’ve obviously had some inconsistencies regarding our play, so I think it was just time to address it.”
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— Boston Celtics (@celtics) December 22, 2018
He added: “At this point it comes down to cohesion, being able to trust the pass, trust what we have going on out there.
“Obviously some selfish play out there where … we have some really talented guys, but we’re better as a team sharing the basketball.
“And, if it’s late in the shot clock, that’s when we start shooting our iso plays, as opposed to if we have nothing in transition shooting with 16 or 17 on the clock, or shooting a fadeaway, something like that.
“I get caught up in that as well. For me it’s a hard challenge, because there’s a balance I have. I literally can do anything I want out there, but at the same time it’s what can I do for my teammates to be more successful. I have to be very conscious of that.”
The Celtics are fifth in the Eastern Conference at 18-13 ahead of a home encounter with the Hornets on Sunday.