Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics are on a three-game losing streak as the league goes into the All-Star break, giving up a season high 129 points to the Los Angeles Clippers earlier this week.

Marcus Smart has a simple explanation for the Celtics’ recent woes — the team lacks effort.

“Other teams want it more than us right now. I think we got a little complacent, and we’ve just got to realize, especially going into the last part of the season, that teams are gunning for us,” Smart told the Boston Herald. “We’ve been a hot team, and we’ve got to come and bring it every game.”

Marcus Smart Also Blames Himself

Smart, who has been out with a self-inflicted hand wound since late January, didn’t stop at his teammates, he blames himself too.

“I’ve been on myself pretty bad,” he told the Herald, “especially when I have to just sit back there and watch those guys struggle, and there’s nothing I can do.”

The 23-year-old point guard says that he hopes to be in a position to stop the Celtics’ slide after the All-Star break.

Practice resumes on Wednesday for the team, with their first game after the break coming next Friday in Detroit against the Pistons.