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Time to begin worrying concerning the Celtics: Edlow

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“When will we begin worrying concerning the Celtics?”


I’ve been requested that query every month for the reason that Celtics received off to a disappointing begin this season. I’ve answered the identical means each time — “Let’s give them till not less than after the All-Star break.” 


Effectively, they virtually made it there, however it’s time to begin expressing some legitimate issues. 


It regarded just like the C’s had lastly hit their stride. After some locker room points, most notably between Kyrie Irving and Jaylen Brown, Boston entered Thursday’s residence sport towards the Lakers as winners of 10 of their final 11 video games, with the one loss coming by the hands of the Warriors. 


Then the Celtics blew an 18-point result in the Lakers, with none aside from Rajon Rondo pulling down a game-winning buzzer-beater on a damaged play. It was arguably the worst lack of the season … till simply two days later. 


The Clippers got here to city on Saturday night time, and the Celts got here out able to avenge Thursday’s loss. They constructed up a 28-point lead however misplaced Irving for the remainder of the sport as a result of a sprained knee, which has left him as day-to-day. The Celtics went on to not solely blow the 28-point result in a group that offered off its greatest participant on the commerce deadline, however the Clippers managed a snug 11-point victory. 


The loss to the Clippers was undoubtedly the worst lack of the season for Boston, after which Marcus Morris went on to offer us probably the most eye-opening quote of the season. 


“For me, it’s not likely concerning the loss, it’s concerning the perspective that we’re enjoying with,” Morris instructed reporters following the sport. “Guys are hanging their heads. It’s not enjoyable. We’re not competing at a excessive degree. Despite the fact that we’re profitable, it’s nonetheless not enjoyable. I don’t see the enjoyment within the sport. I watch all these different groups across the league, and guys are up on the bench. They’re leaping on the courtroom, they’re having fun with their teammates’ success, they’re having fun with all the things, they’re enjoying collectively and so they’re enjoying to win. And once I take a look at us, I simply see a bunch of people.” 


Whereas it’s not information to us that the Celtics have been butting heads within the locker room, Morris might have helped us perceive simply how distant the gamers are from one another. Whereas Brad Stevens could also be the most effective strategic coach within the NBA in terms of play-calling and on-court changes, this can be a new facet of teaching for him. He’s by no means needed to take care of these kinds of personalities, as present Clippers’ and former Celtics’ coach Doc Rivers was so nice at doing prior to now, and it’s displaying. 


These final two video games main into the All-Star break will probably be telling. Boston performs a back-to-back that begins Tuesday in Philadelphia and wraps up when it hosts Detroit on Wednesday. Can the Celtics overcome these points, rally as a group, and enter a week-long break on a excessive word? Or will they let the noise get to them and permit the problems to worsen? We’ve seen each from the group this season, which is a part of the explanation they’ve been so wildly inconsistent. 


The All-Star break might come on the excellent time for this group, however issues received’t get simpler once they return. Boston’s schedule will get very troublesome, together with a three-game street journey out of the break that options video games in Milwaukee and Toronto. These video games, together with Tuesday night time in Philly, are essential benchmark video games to measure the place the Celtics are within the hierarchy of the Jap Convention. 


All three groups made strikes on the commerce deadline to enhance their roster — Philadelphia added Tobias Harris, Toronto added Marc Gasol, and Milwaukee added Nikola Mirotic. In the meantime, Boston stood pat. 


One thing hasn’t regarded proper concerning the Celtics for the reason that season started, however you possibly can make the argument it may very well be ignored as a result of the group has a lot expertise. That argument has misplaced all traction after the 2 residence losses to the Lakers and Clippers. 


Time to hit the panic button. Present us one thing, Celtics. 

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