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While his free agency is over a year away, there is already buzz about whether Davis will stay with the New Orleans Pelicans, in part because the team isn't close to contending for a championship. 'The Celtics, at some point, if you want to get a Kawhi Leonard or in this vehicle Anthony Davis you can't just protect your five-man core. If we win, they give my team the credit and I'm fine with that ...

"I think we all just started focusing on what we did two or three years ago, not anxious about who's getting the shots, just trying to lock in on the defensive end and move the ball".

Boston's rumoured interest in the five-time All-Star has been well documented and are better positioned than many other National Basketball Association teams to put together an attractive package for the New Orleans Pelicans. "We're not playing with the same personality we played with past year".

Davis has been able to mask so many of this team's faults when he's playing at his best, but he won't be the knight in shining armor that comes in to save the day on this one. "We had different guys diving on the floor and doing multiple things on the defensive end". Currently, he tops the team in points (22.0), assists (6.4) and steals (1.9) per game.

When the team returned to practice Tuesday morning, coach Alvin Gentry didn't review the film with the team.

Celtics guard Marcus Smart said "words can't even explain" the frustration he's feeling with the losses. "We started off the game and we never looked back". We've just got a lot of work that we've got to do defensively. We want to push the ball and play at a high pace. In this picture, Davis reacts during a game against the Sacramento Kings at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, Oct. 19, 2018. "Our pace has been dropping nearly every game". It has allowed an average of 36.3 first-quarter points in the last three games.

Davis likely won't be traded this season because he still has another season on his contract, but the rumors are only going to get louder if New Orleans struggles.

The Boston franchise also has the future of Kyrie Irving hanging over the team, and while the Celtics will be desperate to extend his deal, here are three reasons why his departure may actually benefit the organization going forward. It swept a three-game homestand and had won six of seven before the road trip.

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