The Boston Celtics have not looked good on either side of the ball, but, thanks to two straight wins over the lowly Washington Wizards, the C’s are only at .500.
On Wednesday night, The Celts needed overtime to beat the Wizards 100-94. Last Saturday, the C’s had an 18-point lead, but allowed the young Wizards to get back into the game and escaped with a hard fought 89-86 victory.
With a win on Friday night against the Philadelphia 76ers, Paul Piece and Co. will be above .500 for the first time in this young season and will be in sole possession of second place in the Atlantic Division.
But what is exactly going on with the Celtics to make them play as bad as they have been playing.
First off, it is the lack of chemistry.
Only seven players are returning from the 2011-12 squad and all the new players need to get accustomed to playing with each other on a daily basis. That is why there is a lack of consistent play on both the defensive and offensive ends in the first four games.
Also, the playing time for key players is not meshed right.
Jason Terry has been averaging only 24.8 minutes a contest compared to 31.7 minutes in his last season with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011. That drop off is something to be concerned about and Doc Rivers needs to make sure Terry is a key weapon in every Celtics’ contest.
Also, the lack of execution is killing the C’s every night.
The men in green are ranked 20th in points per game with 96 and 26th in points allowed per game with 99.6. These numbers are not going to stay put all season long, but the ball needs to be taken care of in order to prevent the better teams in the league from running the table on the Celts.
As time progresses, the C’s will get better communication on the offensive and defensive ends. The Celtics will be a team which prides itself on defensive stops and clutch baskets.
This year will be another fine year in NBA history for the C’s.