For all the talk about how this Celtics team would be a championship contender... Wow! Tonight is tough to explain from even just an effort perspective. Now losing five in a row, the Boston Celtics are officially crawling into the playoffs. Crawling would even be considered a nice way to put it. With Kevin Garnett out for possibly the next few weeks, things may not get better.
Other fans keep telling me how the Celtics can turn it on against Indiana and Miami in the playoffs. Well, I hope that means that Rajon Rondo is walking through that door soon. The Celtics finished Tuesday's game, against the New York Knicks, with 19 turnovers. They forced only eight. The Celtics have continuously proven that they will turn the ball over after the loss of their star point guard. Avery Bradley is certainly not a pure point guard and is more of a liability on offense. This is not to mention that the Celtics have no intention of rebounding, at all. They continue to play "small ball" and get killed on the boards. The Celtics allowed 15 offensive rebounds against the Knicks, a team that played without Amare Stoudemire, Marcus Camby, Kurt Thomas, and Tyson Chandler. However, fans tell me that Indiana's size would not pose a problem to the Celtics. If someone can explain that logic to me, I'd be more than accepting of the enlightenment.
With all of this being said, there are still games to played. Surely the Celtics have time to "turn it on", but time is running thin. Jeff Green, Brandon Bass, Jason Terry, Courtney Lee, Avery Bradley, and pretty much everybody outside of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are all inconsistent. The Celtics are yet to prove that they have a winning formula for the playoffs and that needs to be found very out soon. Running up the court instead of trying to get defensive rebounds can create fast break points, I get that, but it can also give up second chance points. The second half of that appears to be what takes place more often than not. In the postseason, the tempo will slow down. The Boston Celtics have not proven that they can run any sort of offense in the half court, ever since Rajon Rondo went down with a torn ACL.
In theory, the Celtics have an easy game upcoming against Cleveland. In theory, this would boost the spirits of the demoralized Celtics. However, as Celtics fans, we know that they make no win easy. Despite that, most Celtics fans still have the expectation that a mostly overpaid roster can turn it on in the playoffs. This team can lose to the likes of Charlotte, Detroit, and New Orleans, but somehow compete with Miami in a seven game series. Even if they did, would they win? Would they realistically pose any threat to San Antonio or Oklahoma City, if they made it to the finals?
I'll be the first to admit that I'm a dreamer for the Celtics. I still hope that the Celtics can pull off what would be a miracle, in my eyes. I am still drinking the "Celtics have a chance at 18!" Kool-Aid, but I'm almost out of fluid to drink.