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Morning Sports Update: Brad Stevens says it never felt like Celtics were at Hawks’ level

Good morning, sports fans.

Brad Stevens and the Celtics fell into a first-half hole for the second straight game. Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe

The Celtics lose Game 2 of their playoff series against the Hawks, the Red Sox lose to the Rays in extra innings, and Curt Schilling sparks controversy on social media.

Brad Stevens says it never felt like Celtics were at the Hawks’ level: “Here, it never felt like we were at their level. Hey, we’re going to have figure that out,” Stevens said. “We’re going to have to get to their level and play a lot better on Friday night.” (WEEI.com)

Celtics fall, 89-72, to Hawks in Game 2: Talk about a short memory. Kyle Korver came out shooting, and this time he couldn’t miss. The Boston Celtics? They couldn’t make anything. (Boston.com)

Drew Smyly, Rays hold Red Sox to 1 hit; Kevin Kiermaier homers in 10th: Smyly allowed just one hit over eight innings and the Tampa Bay Rays bullpen preserved the one-hitter to beat the Boston Red Sox 3-0 in 10 innings Tuesday night. (Boston.com)

Curt Schilling shares anti-transgender rights meme on Facebook, defends doing so in lengthy blog post: The former Red Sox pitcher and “for-now-anyway” ESPN analyst shared a controversial meme Monday on Facebook commenting on access to public accommodations for transgender people. (Boston.com)

Red Sox will place Joe Kelly on DL: “That was all I got right there,” said Kelly. “It was as hard as I could throw the ball at that time. It didn’t feel that great, obviously. Hovering around that 89-90 [mph] range was what I had, and I tried to push through it and got the last pitch up to 94 luckily for the strikeout, obviously. It didn’t feel very good.” (RedSox.com)

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