Through 74 games of the NBA regular season, the Boston Celtics’ true identity still remains to be revealed. One second they’re running off several wins in a row; the next second they’re suffering losses in bunches.
But while “who the Celtics are” still remains clouded in obscurity, their strengths and weaknesses have become clear as day.
On the season, Boston has had win streaks of three or more games four times—including undefeated stretches of six and seven games. Conversely, the team has also endured losing streaks of three or more games four times this year—including winless stints of five and six games.
Sure, the bipolarity might hint at a team in complete disarray. But closer examination sheds light on an even bigger problem: The Celtics are their own worst enemy.
As if playing against an NBA team wasn’t hard enough.
In what’s been a season-long struggle, Boston will succeed through a strength only to be brought back down by a weakness. It’s an occurrence that has plagued the team time and time again.
If the Celtics are shooting well, the defense can’t slow down a snail. If they’re playing great defensively, the offense provides enough bricks to pave a road to Oz. If the team rebounds well—okay, let’s not get too carried away.
Needless to say, Boston has issues. But instead of letting this battle take part night in and night out, the team must take each strength and weakness and learn from it.
If they don’t, the Celtics shouldn’t expect a lengthy stay in the postseason.