5 ways for Celtics to develop consistency

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5 ways for Celtics to develop consistency

BOSTON - The Celtics revamped their roster this summer to boast one of the deepest teams in the league. With weapons at every position, their pieces easily fall into place on paper. Now, it is a matter making it click in games on the court.

After falling to 0-2 with a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, the Celtics (new and old) shared their suggestions for developing consistency and flow when playing with teammates for the first time.

Kevin Garnett: "Practice, being around each other, knowing each other. Off the court, our chemistry is very, very, very, very good. We're very alike in some ways. I've always said teams that hang out, get to know one another off the floor simultaneously it makes it a little easier on the floor. When it comes to basketball, knowing the different things a guy likes to do, preferences and other things, that's just playing with each other, continuing to practice, we're no different from any other team just trying to get our chemistry together. Those things will come."

Courtney Lee:  "I think time. That was one of the things Doc emphasized coming in, that we were going to focus on defense and we had another lapse in that area today. The only thing I'm guessing is time and repetition. You can't put a time on that but it has to be quick. These games are coming. We've got another one tomorrow night so we've got to figure it out soon."

Leandro Barbosa: "Stay together. I think that's the main thing. Everybody knows it's the second game of the season, but everybody knows this is a defensive team. We're going to get together, we have another game tomorrow. We talked about it and hopefully everything will be ok for tomorrow. We have to stay together, work together. I think communication is the main thing for everybody. It's easy for everybody when you have the communication and today we didn't have that. It was really quiet on the court. The guys that were on the bench, you could see there was no talking at all. But it happens. I think we we know what we've got to do and get focused."

Jared Sullinger: "We've got it continuity, obviously we haven't been playing well as a whole. Things are going to get better. Rome wasn't built in one day. Like I tell everybody, it's not a sprint, it's a marathon. With all these games coming up, it's going to be really helpful. Building chemistry on the court is kind of tough because that's just when basketball takes over and you've got to be able to hoop. I think the more and more we do that, the more and more it's going to help us out. Communication matters a lot. We've got to talk more as a team. We'll see what happens in the next couple of days."

Jeff Green: "Practice. Practice, practice, practice. It's a long year and we're going to have our bumps, we're going to have our road blocks, but we've just got to keep practicing, keep at it, and just continue to play and work on what we do. Things will come."

The Celtics play their third game of the season against the Washington Wizards on the road on Saturday night.

Former Celtics teammates praise Garnett's passion and intensity

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Former Celtics teammates praise Garnett's passion and intensity

WALTHAM, Mass. – Like so many players who have spent part of their NBA journey having Kevin Garnett barking in their ear words of encouragement or just telling them to get the hell out his (bleepin’) way, you can count Avery Bradley among those who will miss the man affectionately known as ‘Big Ticket.’

Garnett recently announced his retirement after 21 NBA seasons, leaving behind a legacy that includes an NBA title won with the Boston Celtics in 2008.

Among the current Celtics, Bradley is the only current member of the team who played with Garnett in Boston.

When Bradley got the news about Garnett’s retirement, he said he sat down and wrote Garnett a letter.

“To let him know how much I appreciate him, how special he is to me,” said Bradley who added that his relationship with Garnett was impactful both on and off the court. “Kevin’s just an amazing person.”

Leon Powe, a member of the Celtics’ championship team in 2008 with Garnett, echoed similar praise about his former teammate.

“As a teammate, as a player, KG meant the world to me,” Powe told CSNNE.com. “Intensity … he brought everything you would want to the game, to the practice field, he was just non-stop energy.”

And when you saw it time after time after time with him, pretty soon it became contagious.

“The intensity just motivated every guy on the team, including me,” Powe said. “It made you want to go out and lay it out on the line for him and the team. You see how passionate he is. You see he’s one of the greats. And when you see one of the greats of the NBA going hard like that all the time, you’re like ‘Man, why can’t I do that? It trickled down to me and every young guy on the team.

Powe added, “He brought that every single day, night, morning, it didn’t matter. He brought that intensity. That’s all you could ask for.”

And Garnett’s impact was about more than changing a franchise’s fortunes in terms of wins and losses.

He also proved to be instrumental in helping re-shape the culture into one in which success was once again defined by winning at the highest levels.

“KG has had as big an impact as anybody I’ve been around in an organization,” said Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations. “The thing that stands out the most to me about KG is his team-first mentality. He never wanted it to be about KG, individual success to trump team success. He lived that in his day-to-day practice. That’s something I’ll remember about him.”