The Boston Celtics appear to have lost their identity, plain and simple.
It is a common side effect of a team that goes through massive offseason change. There are just four remaining Celtics who were on the active roster at the end of last season.
With that much turnover, a lot can get lost in the shuffle. Through seven games, the 4-3 Celtics have struggled to get into a good rhythm.
A team in rhythm can easily find its identity. It is a fingerprint left on every game and in the mind of every opponent. Teams do not regard the Celtics the way they have in the past because they have shown a lapse in their identity.
The good thing about losing one's identity is that it can be found.
The Celtics need to find that thing that made them the Boston Celtics throughout the second half of the 2011-12 season.
That thing they lost will be what gets them back on track.