Malcolm Brogdon in his first season with the Boston Celtics and he believes the team's identity has waned throughout the season. The Celtics trail the Miami Heat 3-0 in the Eastern Conference Finals.

"I think it's teams that have a strong identity," Brogdon said during an off-day availability session Monday afternoon at the team's hotel ahead of Game 4 on Tuesday night. "I think Miami is one of the teams, one of the few teams in the league -- Miami, Denver, there are only a few of them -- that have a really strong identity, and they play by it every single night. They're super committed to it.

"And, for us, our identity has waned all year long. We've been trying to figure out who we are, because I think we're such a great, talented scoring team, but when we don't make shots, we got to rely on our defense, and our defense isn't consistent every night.

"So, playing a team that's very consistent and disciplined, we struggle."