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Brad Stevens, Kyrie Irving call out Celtics after another loss to Jazz

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After Celtics head coach Brad Stevens watched Utah Jazz power forward Derrick Favors slam home three thunderous alley-oop dunks early in the fourth quarter here at TD Garden on Saturday night, he decided he had seen enough.

Out came Al Horford, Gordon Hayward and Jaylen Brown, joining Jayson Tatum on Boston's bench.

They, alongside Semi Ojeleye and Kyrie Irving, attempted to breathe some life into the Celtics, though it was an ultimately futile effort, as Utah went on to claim a 98-86 victory over Boston.cheap official nike nfl jerseys

But while Stevens sent a message to his team on the court, Irving sent one to his young teammates -- and specifically Tatum and Brown -- in the locker room afterward.4

"I think guys have gotten better," Irving said. "I think that guys want to take advantage of their talent.

"I think last year, the young guys that are in the locker room now, some of the guys that are playing, they were a little bit younger. They weren't expected to do as much, and I think that the amount of pressure that we put on them to perform every single night is something that they have to get used to, being part of a great team like this."

A year ago, the Celtics were supposed to be built around Irving, Hayward and Horford. But then Hayward suffered a gruesome season-ending injury six minutes into Boston's season opener, and both Tatum and Brown were thrust into far larger roles than either ever were expected to be in.new nike nfl jerseys for sale cheap

Tatum and Brown thrived far beyond what could be reasonably have been expected from them -- success that appeared to have Boston as well-positioned as any team in the league for the future. It also was a major reason why the Celtics entered this season as favorites to emerge from the Eastern Conference and reach the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010.

But then the season started, and Tatum and Brown haven't delivered in nearly the way the Celtics would've hoped.

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