Stevens: Have to play to our level

Stevens: Have to play to our level
November 16, 2013, 12:30 am
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Brad Stevens said Rajon Rondo's absence from the team on Saturday in Sacramento will be handled "internally."

(CSNNE)

Once again the Celtics played a close game. Once again they came out on the short side when the clock read 0:00. 

"The scoreboard restarts every time you play," said Celtics coach Brad Stevens. "If you don't play up to your level it's hard to win. I can't take anything away from [Portland's] players. They've got good players."

The Celtics kept things tight throughout most of the first half, but Portland pulled ahead in the third quarter to put things out of reach.  

"[Portland] came out blazing," said Stevens. "We made an attempt to come back and in the last four or five minutes, I don't know if we ran out of gas, whatever the case may be, I didn't feel like we had given ourselves enough of an injection to come back and get that thing done."
 
The Celtics now face a difficult stretch in which they go on the road for three in a row against the Timberwolves, Rockets and Spurs before returning home to host the Pacers.  

"I'm not worried about stretches, I'm more worried about getting better," said Stevens. "I hope that we can learn what we need to and get better from this."