Don't Panic! The Boston Celtics' Guide To Breaking the Slump

Brandon RibakSenior Writer IJanuary 10, 2009

After losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers, 98-83, the Boston Celtics have shockingly fallen to third place in the Eastern Conference rankings.

Not to mention, the Celtics have now lost their last four games in a row and seven of their last nine games, giving them a horrific record of 2-7 in the past nine games with wins to the lowly Sacramento Kings and Washington Wizards.

Most people would judge that the Celtics have totally lost it and have no chances of winning the NBA Finals this season.

But Boston fans...Do not panic! The Celtics are not done just yet!

With all the hype now on the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Celtics will get their chance to re-establish themselves.

The three steps to success for the C's

1. The Big Three need to stay healthy for the Celtics to win games.

If the Boston Celtics want to win games from here on out, KG, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen must stay healthy. They set the tone for not only the players on the team, but the entire organization as well. With each super-star aging, injuries are prone to happen.

But if the Big Three can fight through their pain, no team is capable of stopping them from making noise in the playoffs.

2. The Celtics need to sign or trade for a player that can play a solid role off the bench.

Talk has circulated around the NBA about players like Stephon Marbury, Joe Smith, and Jason Kapono coming to Boston before the trade deadline. The Celtics are in need of a player that could come into the game and not only put up points for them, but make the team better as a whole.

Although Stephon Marbury has been nothing but a pain for the New York Knicks, he could play a very consistent role behind point-guard Rajon Rondo. At the age of 31, Marbury wants to win a Championship more than ever. He has 12 years of experience in the league and is not afraid to take control of a game.

He still has the ability to shoot, drive the ball to the hoop, and dish out assists (if he can get some playing time!). He could really improve the Celtics team and would be a huge key to their success.

Joe Smith is a great veteran teammate that could put up consistent numbers when given an ample amount of playing time. He has 13 years of experience in the league and is an outstanding mentor.

If the Celtics could land a deal for Joe Smith, his presence will vastly improve Boston's play. Not too many people know about Joe Smith, but I can guarantee if he is sent to Boston, his name will definitely be heard.

Jason Kapono is another player that has a chance of being sent to Boston. Kapono had the best three-point percentage in the entire league last season, shooting 48.3 percent from behind the three-point line. He is one of the best shooters in the NBA and could nail a shot from practically anywhere on the court.

Having Kapono on the court gives the defense a reason to run out and contest his shot, enabling the Big Three to lose some pressure off of them.

3. Rajon Rondo needs to keep up the high production

Rondo basically controls the fate of the Boston Celtics in his hands. When he has bad nights, the Celtics as a team normally do as well. When he has great nights, the Celtics as a team show outstanding chemistry.

On the season, Rondo is averaging career highs in PPG (10.7), APG (7.6), RPG (4.7), SPG (2.2), and MPG (32.0). Along with that, Rajon is shooting a career high 50% from the field and is already on pace to make more FG's and FT's than he has in his first two seasons.

Rajon has been on a minor slump as of late and you can obviously tell that is why the Celtics have lost most of their games. He is a huge part of Boston's success and will continue to increase his production of play for the rest of the season.

Rondo is one of the most elite point-guards in the NBA, and that is because of the Big Three's impact on him.

With these three steps now in progress, there is no reason the Boston Celtics cannot make the NBA Finals and get a chance to win the Championship once again. They take too much pride in what they do to let a losing streak ruin their season. They do not care about what other people think or say, they will prove to the world what they can do in the months to come.