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What Kemba told C's in meeting after brutal Game 3 loss

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The Boston Celtics' Game 3 loss was the kind that could demoralize a team and completely shift the momentum of a series.

But Kemba Walker isn't here for any of that.

Walker watched from the bench Thursday night as Raptors forward OG Anunoby hit a game-winning 3-pointer with 0.5 seconds remaining to give Toronto a stunning win over Boston and push their second-round series to 2-1 instead of 3-0 in favor of the C's.

While Celtics wing Jaylen Brown called the loss a "f---ing disgrace," Walker took a more measured approach. According to Celtics.com's Amanda Pflugrad, the 30-year-old guard delivered an optimistic message to his teammates in a meeting following the loss.

"Keep our heads high," Walker told the Celtics. "We battled are we are still confident. We are going to win together and lose together, we just need to be prepared."

That's true leadership from Walker, especially considering this is the first second-round playoff series of his career after two first-round flame-outs in eight seasons with Charlotte.

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The Celtics will need to be mentally tough in Game 4 against a re-energized Raptors team that apparently believes the door is open for a series comeback after going down 2-0.

If the C's can get back on track with a win Saturday night -- pregame coverage on NBC Sports Boston starts at 5:30 p.m. ET ahead of the 6:30 p.m. ET tip -- it will be a testament to their mental fortitude and Walker's strong leadership.