The Boston Celtics have stumbled out of the starting gate and stand 8-7 in the Atlantic Division. They are in third place in the Atlantic Division, 2.5 games behind the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks.
The team's struggles can be attributed to multiple factors. Free-agent acquisition Courtney Lee has underachieved enough to be removed from the starting lineup, and Boston also had some difficult matchups in November. Of their seven losses, all but one were to playoff-caliber teams.
December is going to be a new beginning for the Celtics. Their schedule is slightly easier, but nine of their 14 games are on the road. It should also be noted that they close out the month on a West Coast road trip.
Boston can easily right the ship in December, and start playing like the team that came within a win of the NBA Finals last season. It's not going to be easy, but they are capable of having a good month so long as they remain committed to their balanced attack.