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LOS ANGELES — The toughest part of the Celtics’ West Coast road swing began Wednesday night at Staples Center against the Clippers. Their best chance for victory was supposed to be Tuesday night against the Nuggets, who recently had snapped an eight-game losing streak.
The Celtics lost by 31.
So something has to change. Gerald Wallace, never one to hold back when assessing his new team, pointed that out following the 129-98 loss to the Nuggets. It’s not only that the Celtics lost and lost badly, but somehow, in the thin air and the avalanche of 3-pointers, they lost their pride.
That’s discouraging, because coach Brad Stevens’s bunch had grasped the concept of playing with pride and passion. But their pride dissipated Tuesday night.