The Boston Celtics had a lackluster start to the 2012-13 season, but it's nothing that can't be fixed in the new year.
The Celtics have struggled because they can't seem to find their identity as a team. They haven't yet earned the respect of their opponents as a team to beat. Honestly, with a 14-13 record, the Celtics have a ways to go before they can be considered a top team this season.
However, if Rajon Rondo steps up as the leader and the bench makes the impact we all know they're capable of, the Celtics can catapult to one of the top teams in the league. The talent is there, but the team has to be consistent.
Heading into 2013, the Celtics need to find their identity and fix a few repeating missteps. If they come together as a team and highlight their defense, the Celtics will be the team to beat in the New Year.