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Boston Celtics: Evan Turner says he doesn't want Brad Stevens taking responsibility for Ls: "As men and as players, we need to be accountable." Twitter @celtics

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Celtics guard Evan Turner reached out to Kyle Korver – via an intermediary – after he blasted the Hawks guard defensive ability in a loss last week. Hawks center Elton Brand, who was a teammate of Turner in Philadelphia for several seasons, said he got a text message from Turner the day after he said Korver “couldn’t guard to save his life.” Turner made the comment after the Hawks erased a 23-point deficit in a 109-105 win over the Celtics Tuesday. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Brand confirmed the text message. He said Turner apologized for the comments and added they were taken out of context as he also praised Korver for making several big shots in the win. Korver finished with a team-high 24 points in the game, including six 3-pointers. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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The Celtics’ late-game collapses prompted the team to meet Monday while gathering for a film session. The meeting, according to some players, allowed some of the team leaders to voice their opinions and to offer ways to become more cohesive. “I think the biggest thing is obviously getting our leaders and our coach on track and the rest of us just fall in line,” Turner said. “It’s about the guys who are out there, who get the bulk of the minutes and what they see. It’s all about building and being on track. I think shootaround went great. Communication is a big deal. It’s a great step in the right direction. “I feel like only a few guys’ opinions matter, when it comes down to it. The biggest thing is the chiefs being happy. Once there’s too many chiefs, there’s more problems.” Boston Globe

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Jeff Green returns as the likely small forward starter and Evan Turner will receive minutes at the position, too. Rookie James Young might not be ready, but if he earns time, it will only further the crowding on the wing. Apparently understanding Stevens could cut his minutes average (24.4 last year) significantly, Wallace appears open to whatever comes his way. “He shared the same sentiments with me that he’s shared to all of you: he’s willing to do whatever to help this team,” Stevens said. “And that’s a great thing. He’s been a great veteran and that’s a real positive because nothing’s guaranteed from a standpoint. But we have a ton of depth one through three.” Wallace explained: “I’m here for supportive veteran leadership. Whatever the coach needs me to do. We’ve already talked about it. I’m in a position where I’m comfortable with it.” Booth Newspapers

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Stevens, like Turner’s past coaches, wants to use every ounce of the 6-foot-7 swingman’s versatility, everywhere on the floor from point guard to small forward. And yes, he still must work on that jump shot. But the circumstances are different,. “For sure, for sure it’s about finding the right fit in this league,” Turner said. “Coming from Indy, for sure it’s different (now), because I started here at the start of the year. I have the opportunity to carve out my niche with my teammates, coming in at the start of the season. I have the opportunity to really get it done in practice. In Indy we had a lot of games, back to back to back, and there wasn’t a lot of time for practice. It was still fun, but being here to carve out your niche from Day 1 definitely helps me.” Boston Herald

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Evan Turner wants to stress one thing about his ejection from the Celtics’ loss to Toronto on Wednesday. It’s the second whistle he would like to contest, and hopes it doesn’t result in a fine from the league office. Turner said that after drawing the first technical foul for complaining about a non-call, he “bounced” the ball in the direction of the referee. The ball hit referee Eric Lewis’ leg, and Turner was tossed. “They were palming and carrying and all of that stuff,” he said of several Raptors in the minutes leading up to his ejection. “One guy double-dribbled and I literally said, ‘You have eyes, call a double-dribble.’ “So he said, ‘Say something else,’ and I said, ‘Something else,’ literally. I take forbearance for that. I need to control myself. I was emotionally into it. When they let it go four or five times you respond to it. But I was wrong for that.” Boston Herald

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