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Apr 25, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) drives to the basket against Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier (3) in the second half at Spectrum Center. The Charlotte Hornets won 125-104. Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports

Brad Stevens was none too pleased with what he saw on the court Sunday afternoon.

The Celtics fell to 0-4 in matinée games this season after dropping an ugly one, 125-104, to the Charlotte Hornets. And it happened with no Gordon Hayward or LaMelo Ball on the floor for Charlotte, either. The Hornets sank 21 three-pointers, shooting 48.8 percent from downtown as a team.

Needless to say, Stevens did not like the effort from his own guys. And he thought they looked unprepared for the quickness of the Hornets’ ball movement.

“We got outplayed, out-coached, out-hustled – they were the better team today,” Stevens told reporters after the game. “I thought their speed gave us fits, and they really pushed the ball.

“I thought we were guarding them as if we were expecting to play against ourselves.”

Since going on a six-game winning streak, the C’s have lost three of their last four. The schedule doesn’t get any less busy this coming week, either, with four games on tap against the Thunder, Hornets, Spurs, and Blazers. So Stevens and the Celtics will have plenty of time on the court to turn things back around.

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