The numbers aren’t pretty for the C’s during the first 12 games of the young season, but there is one department that has been especially disturbing for Doc Rivers this year. The problem? Slow starts.
Boston has led after the first quarter in just three of their 12 games this year, and uncoincidentally, they have won all three of those contests.
Overall, the C’s have been outscored by an average of 3.5 points in the first quarter and are putting up a mere 20.3 points over the first 12 minutes. Sound ugly? It gets worse.
The woeful offense has dropped to disturbing lows during the team’s recent five-game losing streak. Over that stretch, Boston has posted a paltry 16.6 points in the first quarter. They’ve also been outscored by an absurd 6.4 points on each of those nights.
There’s digging yourself a hole, and then there’s digging yourself a six-point hole. Boston can afford to do neither right now, given the issues they are having in other facets of their game.
Over the past few seasons, Boston has historically come out of the gate strong after the opening tip, so playing catchup for three quarters is clearly not a situation these guys are used to.
Luckily, the starters’ play has improved in the past few games, but their early offensive inconsistency has not. As Brendan noted this morning, the window is there right now for Boston to turn things around. It has to start tonight beginning with this team’s first quarter play.