Celtics’ Aron Baynes out 4-6 weeks after surgery on finger

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After this three-game losing streak, the bottom line is that the Celtics aren't contenders in the Eastern Conference until further notice.

Boston was without Al Horford, Marcus Morris and then Aron Baynes Wednesday night.

Nothing seemed too abnormal when the Celtics locker room finally opened Friday night.

LL Cool J was sitting courtside and got a big cheer when he showed up on the monitor as his song "Mama Said Knock You Out" blasted through the public address system. "It's about us. We're trying to be a unit".

Tatum didn't offer any details, as well.

"We've just got to play hard the entire game, " said Tatum. "It's not for everybody to know what we talked about".

The Celtics held a team meeting after their 120-107 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, that saw their record drop to 18-13, and it lasted 36 minutes.

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"That's none of ya'll business, honestly", Irving responded. "It's a work in progress every day".

"I think adding him to a youthful group should make them even better", Stevens said ahead of Wednesday night's tip-off. I've been saying it since the beginning of the season. "I'm pretty sure they got a pretty good amount up - they just missed a lot of them".

Things took an interesting turn when Irving was asked about the difficulty of balancing when to take matters into his own hands on the court and when to lean on his teammates. "Where we have some really talented guys, but we're better as a team sharing the basketball". That's the part-deal that I have of not just worrying about how many shots I'm getting or how successful I am out there on the floor.

"We haven't lost twice to the same team this year", Antetokounmpo said. "That's an important thing - being consistent with that and patient with them".

Suns guard Devin Booker had a team-high 25 points.

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The Boston Celtics were viewed as a championship contender before this season started, but it's time to pump the brakes on those expectations. "I literally can do anything I want out there, anytime I want but at the same time it's what can I do for my team to be more successful". But maybe that's not the worst thing in the world, maybe it's just the turning point we've all been waiting for.