After losing all 3 games this week, is it time to panic or at least be very concerned about this year’s Celtics team? Celtics have now lost 4 straight games and have lost 7 out of the last 11.
As Celtics fans, we have become accustomed to the Celtics starting out seasons winning 5 to 10 straight games right out of the gate. Unfortunately, this season, the Celtics have struggled and at times have played the worst I’ve seen a Celtics team perform is quite a while.
Throughout the last few weeks, Paul Pierce has looked either old or just not into the flow of things at all. Yes, he may be scoring 15 to 20 points but not the way he used to and the way the Celtics need him at this point in the season. During this week when the Celtics were down double digits to Chicago and Dallas I was hoping to see Pierce take over the game and put the team on his back. As of right now, I don’t think he is in the shape to do that and the Celtics are suffering because of that.
Another factor that may have had an effect on the Celtics was this year’s lockout. During normal seasons, the Celtics would have had a month to get prepared and get everyone on the same page. With 7 new players who don’t know the system, its extremely hard to ask them to go out there and play as a cohesive unit.
Personally I think this year’s bench is the best the Celtics have had in the Big 3 era. Brandon Bass, Keyon Dooling, and Mikael Pietrus can all make big contributions, but until they get acclimated into the system we’re probably going to deal with a sloppy style of basketball.
Unlike the bench and the role players, I have no excuses for the starters. Rondo and Ray Allen have been the only ones who look to be in decent shape. Garnett, Jermaine O’Neil, and Paul Pierce look like they were expecting the whole season to be canceled. Because of this, the Celtics have started out games horrendously and have put unnecessary pressure on the bench players.
Throughout the Celtics struggles, I would like to see Doc Rivers play E’Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson more. Maybe with their young legs they can give the starters some rest and with them playing it would allow Doc to expand his rotation. Sadly for Moore and Johnson, Doc doesn’t usually play rookies but they could possibly win over his trust if they produce good numbers in the short time that they play.
For Celtics fans, all we can do is painfully watch and wait. The Celtics will either figure out their problems or Danny Ainge may just pull the trigger and blow it up.
We all knew this day was coming, but probably didn’t think it would be this fast. But if there is one thing that I’ve learned from watching this team during these past 5 years, it would be that they always seem to get it together when everyone is ready to give up on them. Do they have enough to at least make one final push? That is up to the Big 3 and the Celtics to decide.