The Boston Celtics Have Been the NBA’s Biggest Disappointment
Many believed this would be the year Rajon Rondo stepped up and become a leader among his teammates. Unfortunately, Rondo has remained the same immature player the Celtics drafted back in ’06, and his lack of constraint cost the team dearly when he was suspended for two games after throwing a ball at a referee following a call he disagreed with.
Brandon Bass has been a great addition for the team, but besides Bass the Celtics bench has been subpar thus far. The team lacks depth at almost every position and when the starters are off the court the team has great difficulty producing.
The biggest disappointment with the team has been their lack of offensive production. The Celtics have managed to score just 89.3 points per game, putting them 26 th in the league. Their offense is routinely stagnant and on many occasions consists of Rajon Rondo dribbling around aimlessly and taking an ill-advised jump shot as the shot clock expires.
The Celtics had 19 home games in the first half of the season, the most of any team. Boston had a prime opportunity to take advantage of their favorable schedule but instead the team is one game under .500 through 33 games.
The Celtics have played 14 road games this season and have only won five of those contests. Of their final 33 games, 19 of them will be on the road which does not bold well for a team that has lost nearly twice as many road games as they have won.
Prior to their narrow victory last night over the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Celtics had lost five straight games, their longest losing streak since acquiring Garnett and Allen in ’07.
The Celtics are currently hanging on to the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and if the season ended today would be forced to face the Miami Heat in the first round.
Many expected the Boston Celtics to take a step back this season. The team is filled with aging players whose best days are well behind them. However, it’s hard to believe that anyone expected the team to be battling the Cleveland Cavaliers for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot mid-way through the season.
By: Tim Doherty
Pro Basketball Fans Staff Writer
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