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Brad Stevens vows to make changes after slumping Celtics suffer another huge loss

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For the second consecutive game at home, the Boston Celtics gave up a season-high in points as the Los Angeles Clippers followed the Cleveland Cavaliers in blowing them out on their own floor.

DeAndre Jordan dropped a career-high 30 points as the visitors claimed a 129-119 win at TD Garden on Wednesday night.

This was Boston's third straight defeat and it's seen them give up the number one spot in the Eastern Conference to the Toronto Raptors.

The All-Star break seems to have come at a good time for the Celtics as they can recharge and look to bounce back after a rest.

They've been playing some of their worst basketball of the season during the losing stretch and it has caused some concerns for head coach Brad Stevens.

After the defeat to the Clippers, Stevens admitted that he may look to change some things heading into the second half of the season.

"It's going to be a tough ending if we don't change a little bit, and I'll look at what I can change, as well," Stevens said, per ESPN's Chris Forsberg. "I think we're probably due for some of that."

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When pressed on what specific changes he may look to make, Stevens said he'll examine all aspects of the team's play.

"We'll look at everything," Stevens said. "Obviously, you're always looking for small tweaks defensively and offensively, but we haven't gotten enough out of our rotations and subs and all those things. We'll take a deeper dive into that."'

The C's look like a completely different team to the one that went on an impressive 16-game winning streak early in the campaign despite losing Gordon Hayward to injury.

But their 41-year-old coach has always maintained that his team may not be as good as its record suggested and were possibly overachieving.

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"I don't think we're all that we were cracked up to be during our 16-game winning streak, and it's probably hit us more in the last month than it hit us before," Stevens said.

"We have no excuses. I told our guys excuses are contagious. Everybody else has been playing too. ... At the end of the day, excuses are contagious -- go play."

After their blistering start to the year, the Celtics were probably due to hit a slump at some stage but they're still well placed to compete for a championship.

They will hope to come back after the All-Star break and prove it, especially with the new-look Cavs looking dangerous.

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