Celtics soaked up Phoenix sun on day off, then passed self-imposed test against Phoenix Suns

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Though the Celtics didn’t overreact to the two straight losses, they also didn’t want to make such lapses a habit.

PHOENIX — The had a rare encounter with reality this week. Until starting their current road trip by falling to the and in consecutive games, the Celtics had dropped two straight outings only once. That losing streak, if you can call it that, arrived back in November. From that time until the past week, the Celtics were rarely forced to taste their own blood. They were charmed or, perhaps, simply great enough and consistent enough to escape the extended lulls that come for every team.

Though it almost seemed funny to ask about the emotions of a two-game losing streak, such a common occurrence throughout the NBA, the Celtics hadn’t dealt with much basketball adversity this season. It was fair to question how the players handled the consecutive setbacks. “I think the most important thing was to handle the losses the way we handle the wins,” Mazzulla said. “So I think the guys showed a great maturity and a great approach to the process when we’re winning, and that’s hard to do.


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