Celtics guard Kyrie Irving said Wednesday that a team meeting following a loss against the Milwaukee Bucks on Dec. 21 was necessary for the Celtics to clear the air within their locker room, and helped lead to a stretch that has seen Boston win seven of its last nine games.
"We could pinpoint a lot of turning points," Irving said after Boston romped to a 135-108 victory over the Indiana Pacers at TD Garden on Wednesday night. "We just want to build that chemistry first. Just getting with one another, really put everything out there and then move on from that point.
"At that point, playing against Milwaukee, we weren't at rock bottom, but we needed to address some s--- in this locker room. It's just good to get stuff out in the air. As grown men and guys that have expectations for themselves, it was good to hear guys talk about what they wanted for themselves and what they wanted for this team."
At the time of the meeting, the Celtics had lost three straight games, including a home loss to the lowly Phoenix Suns, on the heels of winning their previous eight. Since, then, however, the Celtics have won seven of nine -- including an overtime thriller against the Philadelphia 76ers on Christmas Day -- and four in a row to begin 2019 after routing the Pacers, leading to a jovial postgame atmosphere inside Boston's locker room as it prepared to head south to face the Miami Heat on Thursday night on the second half of a back-to-back.