Boston Celtics: Paul Pierce makes Kyrie Irving trade claim

Jaylen Brown, Marcus Morris in Celtics bench altercation

Boston's players and coach Brad Stevens have been forthcoming this year: they are not as good as they think they are.

The Celtics begin the second half of the season on Saturday night in Orlando against the Magic (7:05, TV: NBC Sports Boston; radio: WROR-105.7 FM) as a three-game road trip continues.

The Celtics were victorious Wednesday night, blowing out the Indiana Pacers 135-108, which just goes to show how well the Celtics have been playing as of late. "But we're going in the right direction. And if they think it is hard now, what do they think it will be like when we're trying to get to the finals?"

The improved play of Hayward and Brown has been part of the reason why the Celtics have gone 15-6 in the past 21 games. "We've got a lot of pieces out there". It's going to continue to change.

However, though you may see Smart get in a confrontation with Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard J.R. Smith, Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons or even Sixers swingman Jimmy Butler, he has yet to be seen getting in a scuffle with a teammate. Blakely says the Celtics have been underachievers so far this season.

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"He (Hayward) had a couple of options on it and one of them is Tatum curling off that screen and being available for that shot", Stevens explained.

"I think he would have liked for me to pass it to Al and have him cut off of it", Hayward said. These are a lot of things that I don't think that some of my teammates have faced of just every single day. The team's four-game winning streak came to a close, as well.

And Pierce, a ten-time NBA All-Star, reckons Irving will put pen to paper on a new deal.

"If you don't humble yourself, the world has a way of humbling it for you, " said Marcus Smart.

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