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Brad Stevens admits lack of chemistry has plagued Celtics all season

Brad Stevens admits lack of chemistry has plagued Celtics all season

Even casual observers of the 2018-19 Boston Celtics know something seems a little off about this group.

How else to explain one of the NBA's deepest, most talented rosters sitting fifth in the Eastern Conference with 21 games remaining?

Apparently their head coach concurs. Brad Stevens was asked directly Wednesday on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Zolak & Bertrand" if there's a "chemistry issue" on the Celtics and seemed to confirm as much.

"As I've said many times, in our locker room I think we have a bunch of well-intentioned guys. I really do," Stevens said. "But there's been no question that ever since the start of the year, being able to play well together has been off and on. It hasn't been as good as it can be or needs to be."

Stevens insisted it's not rare for a club to struggle finding its identity over the course of the season. But Boston still hasn't put all the pieces together, and with 21 games remaining, it's possible the chemistry puzzle gets left unsolved.

"Most teams go through a period where they have to become a team," Stevens said. "And sometimes that period takes 10 games, 20 games, 30 games, 60 games and sometimes it never happens.

"Those are the teams that fall short of where they want to be. And we're not where we need to be or where we'd like to be consistently enough.

" ... We've got a month and a half left in the season, so the clock is ticking on that."

The Celtics now are 9.5 games behind the No. 1 seed Milwaukee Bucks after an embarrassing loss to the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night. More than poor shooting or defensive lapses, Stevens is perturbed by the Celtics' season-long inability to play connected on a consistent basis.

"That's been an issue all year," Stevens said. "You could see it as early as the preseason games. I think we've had our moments where we've gone on runs ... where we've shown when we really play with the intensity, pace and togetherness that we need to, we can be a good team. We don't always do that.

"That's a frustrating thing, and if we don't get that fixed, then I would say we don't have near the shot that we do if we can start connected on both ends of the court."

Boston has no time to dwell on Tuesday's loss, as the Portland Trail Blazers visit TD Garden on Wednesday night.

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Celtics' Kemba Walker has extremely relatable take on driving in Boston

Celtics' Kemba Walker has extremely relatable take on driving in Boston

Kemba Walker is still adjusting to life as a Boston Celtic, maybe more so off the court than on it.

During the Celtics' annual Shamrock Foundation Tip-Off Gala on Thursday, Walker was asked about driving in Boston. He responded with possibly the most relatable quote of all time to all of us regular folk who have trouble driving in the city.

Don't worry, Kemba. You're not alone.

Despite putting up with the troubles up commuting in and out of Boston, Walker has been all smiles since coming to his new city over the summer. The Celtics hope the positive vibes that have surrounded the team since Walker came to town will last throughout the 2019-20 season, which begins Oct. 23 against the Philadelphia 76ers.

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Kemba Walker reveals his real height at Celtics Shamrock Gala

Kemba Walker reveals his real height at Celtics Shamrock Gala

Kemba Walker had been listed at 6-1 his entire NBA career, but on Thursday night he revealed what his real height is at the Celtics' Shamrock Gala. 

“My real height came out a few weeks ago and I’m 5-11,” Walker said at the event. 

The NBA set forth an initiative to get every player's actual height recorded so there wasn't any type of false information floating around. The only questionable part of it all is that every player's new measured height is without shoes, and NBA games are played with shoes if you haven't noticed. 

Either way, this confirms what many have already believed about Walker's height. As great a scorer and competitor he is, his lack of size poses questions regarding his ability to be the go-to option on offense in the biggest moments. Isaiah Thomas was terrific in every way offensively, but there was only so much he could do when a defense honed in on him during the playoffs. 

Two-way wings are typically the players that lead teams to championships, so if Jayson Tatum, Gordon Hayward or Jaylen Brown can turn into the No. 1 option for the Celtics, Walker poses as the perfect running mate to give defenses fits. Until then, Boston will have to lean on him as they did with Thomas, but it's clear this time has far more upside than the Thomas-led Celtics ever did. 

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