With Dallas able to key in on Boston’s only two scorers, the Celtics again found themselves struggling for points tonight. Like last night, grading the efforts of individual players would tell us little we don’t know and makes even less sense considering how shorthanded the Celtics were tonight. The team legitimately competed in the first half and still headed to halftime down by double-digits.
This is how unbalanced it was: Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo and Brandon Bass didn’t dress and Chris Wilcox (groin) and Jermaine O’Neal (wrist) both exited during the game. At times, poor Avery Bradley (a spirited 6-11, 12 points) was left contesting Dirk Nowitzki, who put up a 26-16 without much effort at all.
So, nothing new tonight. This team still needs a makeover that may or may not be possible but tonight doesn’t lend weight to that argument. Any team missing that many core guys is going to struggle to pull off a SEGABABA win on the road against a team like Dallas.
Still… with March 1st rapidly approaching, changes feel imminent, be they in the lineup or the roster. No time like the present for some more speculation.