I initially signed on to write an article that I would title "Who's Hot and Who's Not for the Boston Celtics." Then I started re-looking at the statistics from the first three games, and I realized that not one player on the Celtics could be considered "hot."
Paul Pierce had big games against the Miami Heat and the Washington Wizards, but a poor performance against the Milwaukee Bucks with just 11 points on 3-11 shooting. With those three games, Pierce was the second closest to being considered "hot."
The only player ahead of him was Rajon Rondo, who is essentially playing to expectations (albeit, high expectations) with double-digit scoring on high percentage shooting, double-digit assists and around five rebounds every game.
Just about every other player on the team is playing under expectations. The JET, Jason Terry, has yet to truly take off. On the other hand, Leandro Barbosa started out strong with a great performance against the Heat, but since then he has been a non-factor.
Beyond all of the stats and the individual performances, though, the Celtics simply aren't playing well as a team. For a team that has prided themselves on defense for the past five years, allowing over 100 points a game is simply unacceptable. Meanwhile, their team assist numbers are down as well.
Beyond that, the Celtics still remain in the bottom half of the league in scoring and rebounding, though they have made minute improvements in both categories.
Despite all of this, there is no cause for worry. It's been three games which approximates to about 3.66 percent of the season.
There are 79 more games, in which the Celtics (who are still trying to figure themselves out) can build chemistry and improve.
I've learned in the past five years, that it is foolish to ever worry about the Celtics. In 2010, they finished the season horribly and still came within one game of banner No. 18. Last year, the Celtics started the season 0-3 which, last time I checked, is even worse than 1-2. Even by the All-Star break, the Celtics were still under .500.
So I'll have none of this worrying for three games. Yes, they have played worse than we expected, but these games don't win championships. At the end of the day, that is what the Celtics are after: a championship. Games in early November mean little to nothing. Call me when they are losing in April, May and June, then I might get worried.
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