While it might not seem like much, there are a few things that Boston needed to learn these past few months. Sometimes to learn those things, wins and competitive balance must be sacrificed.
Celtics games have been difficult to watch on certain nights, as the team on the floor hasn't been put in a position to be competitive. It is a tough situation to deal with, though one some will argue is necessary to build another contender.
However, if you are a true fan of the sport, these games can serve a different purpose than hoping the guys in green win. One can observe individual games, matchups and trends. Those are the biggest takeaways of this first half.