Struggling or Lazy? Boston Celtics Need To Pull Something Together Against Cavs

B.Contributor IMarch 14, 2010

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I face-palmed when Celtics got blown out by the Grizzlies. It was almost as bad as the loss against the Nets

The Celtics weren't doing well this month. Doc Rivers blamed the recent struggles on the guys not playing the full 48 minutes. That was clear in the blowout game. The first quarter was treacherous. They didn't start pulling together something until the second half. But then it was too late.

The game before the blowout was against the Bucks. This one was much closer, the Bucks win by two thanks to a huge night by Bogut. However, the Celtics' inability to play the full 48 is once again shown in this game. In the forth quarter they were outscored 16-22 and all the effort from the first three quarters went down the drain.

However, in the most recent game, the Celtics pulled off a big W against the Pacers. There was not a single quarter in which the Pacers outscored the Celtics by more than two. 

The answer to the question in the title I would say is lazy.

In the game against the Pacers, Paul Pierce showed up big scoring 20. In fact, every single Celtic contributed some. The Celtics may have missed the big scoring Paul Pierce in the Pierceless games but it is clear that there are lots of other options in terms of scoring.

Rondo, Garnett, Allen, and Marquis Daniels would come to my mind as they are capable of putting up 10+ points each night.

Every single person on the roster were all lazy at some point in time. Sloppy defense on rotations, settling for bad shots, not grabbing the list goes on.

I would say Rasheed Wallace is one of the main culprits of this. Sheed is just not going down low. When those shots do go in, it's fine. But most of the time, it's not. About 72 percent of the time. In the game against the Pacers, Sheed went two for nothing beyond the arc but was perfect from withing the arc. Getting down low and dirty may tire him faster, but will also increase his efficiency. 

Please, Sheed, please get down there. 

Bad shot selection and lack of aggressiveness are two of the pitfalls of the Celtics. Even in the blowout against Pacers, Pierce went one for five from three point range. I think there is no reason the Celtics can't improve their offense. Instead of settling for circus shots, I think the Celtics should return to their passing game that they are so good at. 

Tonight, the Celtics face off with the Cavs. The last time they matched up, the Celtics played half the game and then decided to stop playing. Lebron James and Mo Williams seized the opportunity. The Celtics may be playing with the Truth this time but if they play like they did against Grizzlies I don't think there is any chance. Play the full 48 and play aggressive.

Bottom line: The Celtics are one of THE top teams. It is just a matter of persevering and playing aggressive and its Doc's responsibility to let his team know. 18th banner is in the making.