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Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens blames himself for disappointing loss vs Chicago Bulls


Janiel Abby Toralba

It looks like the Boston Celtics haven’t found their game yet following the All-Star break, having lost two games to the Milwaukee Bucks last Friday and the Chicago Bulls today (Manila time). There might be several factors leading to the letdown, but head coach Brad Stevens shouldered the blame all by himself.

Having won by a huge 56 points the last time they played in Chicago, and the Bulls being in the bottom three of the Eastern Conference, everybody thought that the Celtics had the game to their advantage. However, Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen showed a different Bulls this time and finally got the payback they were waiting for, something the Celtics should have anticipated with their opponent’s three-turned-four consecutive wins.

“At the end of the day, and I have said this before, I am disappointed in myself. And I have got to do a lot better,” Stevens told reporters via NBC Sports Boston’s postgame coverage.

This isn’t the first time the head coach took responsibility for losses like this, and it’s also not the first time the Celtics let a game they already had slip away from their grasps.

“Hasn’t gotten much better has it?,” Stevens said. “I gotta do better. I just got to do everything. I gotta make sure we are playing better on offense. We can’t let our transition slack like that. We gotta defend with more purpose and more intensity on the ball. We can’t have those runs against us like what happened in the second and third quarters. There is a lot to do.”

Kyrie Irving was the only Celtic to step up as he set his 15th double-double record of the season with 37 points and 10 assists. The Boston Celtics remain at the 5th seed of the Eastern Conference, and fans could only hope their inconsistencies be lessened and chemistry be improved as they take on the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday (Manila time).