Scoring, Assists Down For Boston Celtics During January Swoon
The Celtics have just finished a four-game in five-night stretch. The first three games (losses) could be called heartbreakers — the Celtics would have won all three games against playoff contenders if they could hold any kind of fourth quarter lead, a playoff must.
Please excuse me while I use sarcastic quotation marks in discussing the fourth game - feel free to make the motion with your fingers while reading this: In this last game, the Celtics “battled” against a “gritty” Wizards team with “something to prove,” while “overcoming adversity” for a “win.” And while the Celtics “hung in there” and showed a “valiant effort” there is no reason a game against this “team of professionals” should have been this hard fought. I truly “enjoyed” watching this game.
The Cs were on the road against the Wizards, and have upcoming home games against the Heat and Nets. This is their time off. This first match was the game where fans would say the Celtics can only beat the bad teams. But at least then they could argue that beating the bad teams is what will get the Celtics back into a winning rhythm, and that will build confidence in role players like Big Baby Glen Davis and Tony Allen. And beating the bad teams will lead to beating the good teams in the playoffs which will lead to Banner 18 and a parade — all without a trade and without any further injuries. I am not sure what the opposite of a chaos theory is, but this would be an example of whatever that might be.
Without beating the bad teams, none of that happens. When you lose to the bad teams after losing to three rivals in a row (Hawks, Magic, Lakers) what can you hang your hat on?Continued on the next page