The Boston Celtics are seven games into the NBA season. Although it may be a small sample size, enough has been seen to point out the issues that have been plaguing the team in the early going.
To put it simply: this is not the Celtics team we all expected to see this season.
This was supposed to be the year that the youth started to lessen the burden carried by the more experienced players on the squad. The year when the bench would prove to be just as deadly as the starting five. The year when those “old guys” could begin to pass the torch onto the next generation of Celtics’ legends.
The early returns are in and, unfortunately, the Celtics have fallen short in just about all categories.
In fact, it doesn’t seem like much has changed in the Bean since last season.
Last season, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo combined for 47.1 of the Celtics’ 91.8 points per game. That’s 51.3 percent of the team’s total output.
This season, those numbers have actually increased.
Through seven games the “Big 3” have combined for 50.6 of the Celtics’ 97.3 points per game—52.1 percent. Not exactly the direction head coach Doc Rivers wanted his team to move in after making quite the splash during the offseason.
However, with 75 games left on the schedule, the team has plenty of time to get back on the right path.
Here are the three biggest issues that the Celtics need to address.