The Boston Celtics have sucked lately there’s no questioning that. It has lost eight of its last 14 games and are out of first place in the Eastern Conference for the first time since October. It currently trails the Toronto Raptors by a half game.
The offense has been a major part of the problem for Boston. Through 58 games, the Celtics have the sixth worst offense in the NBA. The offense has become a grind for this team, and there is often no flow in their sets.
The main issue with the offense is consistency. This team seems to either go down by double digits or blow double-digit leads on a nightly basis due to lapses in the offense.
Kyrie Irving is playing at the level everyone knows he is capable of. The rest of the roster, not so much.
Al Horford makes the right basketball plays but he’s never been an aggressive scorer which the Celtics need him to be.
Jayson Tatum’s shot’s become erratic since dislocating his pinky finger back in December.
Jaylen Brown to often settles for contested threes when he can get to the basket at will if he wanted to.
The Celtics need their second, third and fourth options to get into a rhythm for the offense to get into a groove. Teams are keying in on Irving and if the other four can’t hit shots, they’re in for some long nights offensively.
Do not get me started on the bench unit. The bench scoring is terrible on almost a nightly basis. If Boston could get solid performances from Marcus Morris and Terry Rozier, it would be in good shape. Morris and Rozier give the Celtics an iso dynamic off the bench which you’d think would level out the offense. But once again, consistency is an issue.
The last week or two have been tough. But, is it time to hit the panic button for Celtics fans? Not quite.
Take a Step Back
The All-Star break is around the corner which is huge for the C’s. A team that has had nagging injury after nagging injury gets a much needed week off. Practice time will also be huge in terms of getting new acquisition Greg Monroe more in-tune with the offense.
They should be getting two rotation guys back after the All-Star Break. Marcus Smart is set to return from his self-inflicted hand injury out of the break. Smart is the heart and soul of this team. For a team that’s lacked toughness and fight for two weeks, his bully style of play should be a welcome sight.
Smart’s return to the lineup will be crucial on the offensive end of the floor. Yes, we all know his shooting woes but his ability to be a facilitator off the bench is crucial. Too often the bench shows no flow in their offensive sets. Smart’s ability to move the ball and run the pick and roll should stabilize the bench scoring.
He’ll be a nice compliment for Monroe. Monroe thrives in the post and he needs a guard who can set him up in the right positions. If Brad decides to run some form of a Monroe/Smart two-man game, the Celtics should find some easy buckets due to the duo’s passing ability.
The Celtics will also get Shane Larkin back. He’s been nursing a knee injury the past few weeks. While he’s not a guy who gets heavy minutes, he still provides a spark when he’s on the court. His ability to find easy baskets for himself and others was key for the Celtics early this season
Oh yeah, there’s always the possibility that the small forward with the nice hair returns this season. Don’t count on Gordon Hayward returning this season but there is still a chance. We miss you G-Money
The Celtics may not get back to the level they played during the 16-game winning streak but if they can find some consistency, they’ll be just fine. Don’t get to worked up Celtics fans. This team is still a legit threat to get to the NBA Finals. They’ve just hit a rough patch.
“When you’re very much woke tough times don’t last” – Kyrie Irving, probably.