The 2012-13 NBA season has been none too kind to the Boston Celtics so far. The C's were supposed to be younger, deeper and more dynamic after an offseason that saw them sign the likes of Jason Terry and Courtney Lee, draft Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo, and retain Kevin Garnett and a healthy Jeff Green.
The results? An 11-9 record and the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference through the first 20 games. The scoring is up, from 24th to 14th in offensive efficiency, but the defense, long the Celts' staple, has declined, from third in efficiency in 2011-12 to 11th this time around, per NBA.com's stats tool.
The C's are certainly no strangers to slow starts. They were 4-9 out of the gate last season and were under .500 as late as February 28th.
Still, the early returns are nothing if not disappointing. In what's turned out to be a wide-open race for one of the top two spots in the East (aside from that which the Miami Heat will eventually occupy), the Celtics have already fallen behind the New York Knicks, the Atlanta Hawks and (to a lesser extent) the Brooklyn Nets.
Boston's circumstances should improve once Avery Bradley returns from injury and the veterans start to smell the playoffs approaching. To this point, though, the Celts' underwhelming performance can be all too easily captured by these five clips.