The second half of the season began for most teams last week. The Boston Celtics have had three games since the All-Star break and have struggled mightily out of the gate. Not to say that this is a terrible thing at all; it actually benefits the franchise in the future. I will go through the Celtics past three games, nonetheless.
On February 19th, the Celtics visited the Phoenix Suns. The game was close throughout, but the better team prevailed; that being the Suns who have contributed to an all-around great season so far sitting at an impressive 33-22. Rajon Rondo had the poorest field goal percentage game of his career. He shot 7-22, but was still able to score 18 points and dish out 10 assists in the loss.
The Celtics next game was at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to face the Lakers on February 21st. This game went back-and-forth for three quarters until the Lakers would pull away in the 4th when they scored 38 points in the quarter. Jeff Green would lead the charge for the scoring from the Celtics with 21 points on an all-together poor shooting night for the team. Boston shot an abysmal 39.2% from the field. Rajon Rondo, still trying to wipe off rust, shot a terrible 2-12 from the field, but still managed to distribute double-digit assists with 11.
Boston would then travel to Sacramento to take on the Kings on February 22nd. The Celtics would suffer from a poor 1st quarter as they could never quite catch up to the Kings in this game. After the 1st quarter, the game would stay around a 7-10 point game throughout with Sacramento coming out on top with a 105-98 score. Kings up and coming point guard Isaiah Thomas would impress in this one. He scored 21 points to go along with 12 assists. Jeff Green had one of the most inefficient 29 point scoring games in the history of the NBA, shooting 7-25 from the field, but to be fair he had 13 made free throws.
This recent 3-game skid from Boston is not a bad thing at all and it is foolish for a Celtics fan to think so. The Celtics are now the 4th worst team in the NBA which gives them a greater possibility that their ping pong ball will be pulled out in the lottery for the 1st overall pick for this year’s draft. Next, the Boston Celtics travel to Utah on February 24th.