The Celtics are a bad basketball team.
In years past, the Celtics have played poorly, taken games off, and had bad losses. In the end, however, they still beat really good teams and took care of most of them bad ones. It was more about how the Celtics were pacing themselves because they had old legs. Or the Celtics just didn’t respect their opponent and in the end it didn’t matter because they would be in the playoffs and other teams wouldn’t be.
This year is completely different. The Celtics can’t defend. They can’t score. They can’t keep up with young teams despite the addition of young, athletic players like Courtney Lee and Jeff Green. They have absolutely zero identity. They started the year trying to go small in order to compete with the Miami Heat and were woefully unsuccessful, so now they’re trying to go big by inserting Jason Collins into the starting lineup and moving Kevin Garnett back to the power forward position. It’s not working.
The Celtics have so many weaknesses- so many holes- it’s hard to know how to begin to suggest fixes. Take tonight’s loss for example. The Celtics are supposed to be able to protect the rim and they gave up 56 points in the paint. 12 of those points were scored by Isaiah Thomas, who’s generously listed at 5’9″. The Celtics couldn’t defend the three point line, allowing the Kings to shoot 50% from beyond the arc.
This road trip makes it seem like this team is lottery bound with a band of players that you can’t even sell off. There aren’t enough contenders out there willing to give up future firsts for players who play like the Celtics did on this road trip.
That’s it for now. Grades tomorrow. Spoiler alert: they will not be flattering.