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Morris is the latest Celtic to publicly comment on issues between teammates behind the scenes. He, along with the rest of the Celtics, is hopeful Boston will be able to play the right way - "with effort and team-ness" - to close out the season.

Speaking to reporters, Morris chalked up the speech to simply wanting to live up to the Celtics lofty expectations. Irving clipped his knee in the 2nd quarter of action, never to return - his injury to be re-assessed this afternoon by team officials.

Irving, 26, leads the team in scoring (23.6) and assists (6.9), but appears to be backtracking on his preseason commitment to re-sign with the Celtics (35-21) this summer, and hasn't easily transitioned into a leadership role.

"I just want to win and I want to have fun - we gotta have fun doing this thing man", he continued. We're not competing at a high level. He noted multiple times that the recent stretch - even when the team was winning - has not been "fun". "I would be lying if I said we knew our identity because the identity of a good team don't do that".

Morris started and scored 15 points and had six rebounds in the loss. I just don't see the joy in the game.

Boston next faces the fourth-place Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday, Feb. 12. "And again, I need to look at myself first and figure out what I can do to help that not happen".

Irving, who helped Cleveland win the 2016 National Basketball Association title before being traded to Boston in 2017, helped the United States group of National Basketball Association stars to 2016 Rio Olympic gold. That has to be the first goal. Whatever that takes, I'm with it. If you want to take me out of the lineup and get some juice in it, I'm with it. "I'm trying to win".

Morris hinted at trade deadline drama that may have built up before last Thursday.

"This is the team we're rocking with. It's unacceptable for what we did with a team of our caliber".