An NBA season can be a puzzling thing. The Boston Celtics finished their 2012-13 campaign when they lost to the New York Knicks in a six-game conference quarterfinals match. That's been considered a failure to most fans.
But six months ago, even making the playoffs would be considered a huge success.
With a record interchangeably hovering above and below .500 most of the season, Boston looked hopelessly committed to the looming concept of rebuilding. Injuries and age reared their ugly heads, and new acquisitions failed to live up to their supporting roles.
In a miraculous turn of events, the Celtics found a spark during a roller-coaster ride of a stretch. Avery Bradley returned from a shoulder injury. Rajon Rondo partially tore his ACL. Rookie big man Jared Sullinger had back surgery. Leandro Barbosa, Rondo's backup at the point position, also tore his ACL. But Boston started winning games.
First, the Celts won seven straight. Then they won 14 of 18. They catapulted themselves from early draft hopeful to seventh-seed locks. It wasn't always pretty, but they got to the dance.
But after the first opening-round exit in the KG era, many people now question what went wrong with this Boston team, and at what points in the season. Could key moves have been made, or avoided, to ensure short- and long-term success? The following list highlights the fatal flaws of this heavily flawed 2012-13 Boston Celtics squad.
All statistics compiled using NBA.com and ESPN.com.