Kyrie Irving says the struggling Celtics are nearing 'that rock bottom point'

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"Anthony Davis is going to require the biggest package of players in National Basketball Association history". "He's definitely a tone-setter".

ESPN released their first batch of Real Plus-Minus figures for the 2018-19 season and if we compare players marks from this year to last year, we can see which players appear to have regressed the most. He's playing the right way.

"I just don't know that we're that good".

Davis, who is averaging 27 points, 12.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game, suffered the injury in the third quarter of Friday night's road loss to the Knicks, though he did return for the final three minutes of the fourth quarter.

"We knew most of their plays and contested and used our length to our advantage", Irving said.

They committed eight first-quarter turnovers, fell behind by 20 points in the second quarter and could never catch up.

Davis has been able to mask so many of this team's faults when he's playing at his best, but he won't be the knight in shining armor that comes in to save the day on this one.

Coach Alvin Gentry, star Anthony Davis and the Pelicans have repeatedly said they are focused strictly on this season.

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Boston are supposedly on the list of teams he would consider joining, however the "Rose Rule" prevents the Celtics from essentially trading for Davis with Kyrie Irving on his current contract. Irving will become an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of this season and has expressed his intention to re-sign with the Celtics.

The Pelicans fell to 10-11 on the season.

"Get me off the ball", Jrue Holiday said half-jokingly at Tuesday's practice.

Davis is now heading into the third year of his five-year, $127.1 million deal that contains no player or team options that run through the 20-21 campaign. "We started off the game and we never looked back". So we expect him to be in the right spots and doing the right things. "We're not playing with the same personality we played with a year ago".

The Celtics as a whole played pretty well on Monday night.

Irving had five steals, while Tatum and Horford each had three. That gives Stevens plenty of time to think about his starting five, which he says will be ever-evolving throughout the season.

Celtics guard Marcus Smart said "words can't even explain" the frustration he's feeling with the losses.

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