The Boston Celtics season is starting to take on the feel of a long, miserable march towards the draft in June. Like I’ve said before, losing frequently should be a goal for the Celtics this season, however, that doesn’t make losing enjoyable all of a sudden. They snapped their six game losing streak against the Atlanta Hawks, a brief respite in a season that is sure to be filled with many long losing streaks.
This last stretch of games for the Celtics have been with very few silver linings. Most of the team has been performing inconsistently, and that is putting it in a kind fashion. My advice to even diehard Celtics fans is to avoid viewing this team for awhile because there isn’t much to watch at the moment, and it isn’t like Rajon Rondo is going to come back and make the Celtics contenders.
Honestly, Rondo may be the most intriguing part of the season so far. I’m not even talking about his potential to come back, and have someone enjoyable to watch, it’s been seeing him coach on the sidelines, and his memorable reaction of looking at the stat sheet in the game vs. the Houston Rockets. That tells you how bleak it had been in this past stretch of games.
The only players that are playing reasonably well, and that might be pushing it, are Jared Sullinger, Avery Bradley and shockingly, Jordan Crawford. Sullinger has been thrust into the starting lineup and has responded by being the best rebounder for the Celtics so far, although Vitor Faverani and Kelly Olynyk could eclipse him if they are allowed more playing time.
Crawford, a shooting guard stuck in a point guards’ body, has filled in respectably for Rondo. He has maintained a decent shooting percentage from the floor, including beyond the three point line. Add that along to the floor leader position he holds at the moment, and his willingness to pass more frequently than thought, has him exceeding expectations in this realm.
Bradley has been accumulating a lot of field goal attempts recently, which isn’t the best strategy for the Celtics, if they plan to be competitive. He has shouldered the load though, and produced decent numbers, really more than could be expected of such a limited offensive player.
Unfortunately the good news really ends after these three players. Jeff Green has been regressing, not shocking, but still disappointing because of his seemingly unlimited physical potential. Known as the Celtics best player, and he’s not close to earning that depiction.
Playing time has been dwindling for the rookies, Olynyk and Faverani. Again, not surprising, but a little disappointing. Head coach Brad Stevens is still figuring out his rotation and adapting to the NBA, but one thing he should be doing is giving these guys at least 25-30 minutes a night, to give them more experience and get them seasoned.
Brandon Bass has also regressed in both his scoring and rebounding. It was expected, but with his physical skills, he should be a better rebounder than he has been.
Veterans Kris Humphries, and Gerald Wallace bring little or nothing to the table. Wallace at one point was a pretty good NBA player, but those days are long gone. Humphries, besides being known for marrying a TV celebrity, is a decent rebounder. Unfortunately for him, he doesn’t have any bearings on the future plans of the Celtics, and isn’t really worth giving playing time to.
These developments aren’t shocking or disappointing the Celtics front office, yet it the product on the floor at times is appalling. For the sake of people watching, Rondo can’t come back soon enough.
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