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Despite the 7-1 record heading into tonight's game versus the Hawks, the Celtics have one major flaw so far, consistently starting slowly to open the game.

The last game against the Raptors was probably most striking in terms of the poor start, however thankfully the team got it going in the second half and pulled out the win.

The Raptors game was atypical of many Celtics wins this year, the pattern seemed to be slow start by the 1st team, the 2nd team led by TA and Powe would come in and close the gap, with the 1st team returning to finish off the opponent.

Doc addressed the issue prior to the Raptors game, with obviously not great results. However reading the Globe today, it appears the team is focused in on the issue.

Through eight games last season, the Celtics were averaging 102.8 points. But this season, they've been plagued by slow starts and slumping stars - an unlikely dip in production from Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce.

In six of their eight games, the Celtics have found themselves down after the first quarter.

"It's something that's going to be a work in progress," said Garnett. "We're not a perfect team, we do have flaws, and if I was going to pick one out, that would be it.

"It's kind of good that our defense is ahead of our offense right now, because we're able to lean on that a little bit. But as the year goes, I'm pretty sure we'll get better at that."

According to Garnett, Rivers made it a point to talk to the players before Monday's game against Toronto about starting faster. Then the Celtics missed 11 of 16 shots and fell behind by 5 points in the first quarter.

"Yeah, that went over well," Rivers joked.

Check out the Offensive stats for the entire league on NBA.com. You'll find the Celtics wallowing down in 25th place. Not great. After the jump are the individual player stats thus far in the season.


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
Paul Pierce 8 38.1 6.2 16.0 39.1 1.8 4.4 40.0 4.5 6.1 73.5 1.0 6.6 7.6 4.0 2.6 1.1 0.4 2.8 18.8
Ray Allen 8 34.4 5.1 11.9 43.2 1.5 4.9 30.8 3.8 4.1 90.9 1.4 3.9 5.2 2.6 2.4 0.9 0.0 1.5 15.5
Kevin Garnett 8 32.4 7.0 15.0 46.7 0.0 0.1 0.0 1.4 1.9 73.3 1.6 8.4 10.0 1.6 2.4 1.1 0.8 2.1 15.4
Tony Allen 8 20.8 3.8 7.6 49.2 0.0 1.0 0.0 2.4 2.8 86.4 0.6 1.6 2.2 0.9 1.4 1.5 0.4 2.6 9.9
Rajon Rondo 8 30.6 3.1 5.9 53.2 0.0 0.2 0.0 2.4 4.4 54.3 1.0 2.9 3.9 6.2 2.2 1.6 0.1 2.9 8.6
Leon Powe 8 17.5 2.5 4.1 60.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.4 4.9 69.2 1.1 2.0 3.1 1.1 1.4 0.5 0.5 3.1 8.4
Eddie House 8 16.6 2.1 5.6 37.8 0.8 3.1 24.0 1.4 1.4 100.0 0.1 0.9 1.0 0.8 0.9 1.4 0.1 2.1 6.4
Kendrick Perkins 8 26.2 2.4 5.1 46.3 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.6 1.4 45.5 2.6 4.8 7.4 1.0 2.4 0.2 2.5 3.9 5.4
Glen Davis 8 16.4 1.2 3.9 32.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.2 1.9 66.7 1.0 2.1 3.1 1.0 0.8 0.6 0.1 2.9 3.8
Patrick O`Bryant 2 5.0 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.5 2.0 75.0 0.5 2.0 2.5 0.5 1.5 0.0 0.5 1.5 1.5
Gabe Pruitt 3 4.7 0.3 1.0 33.3 0.3 1.0 33.3 0.3 0.3 100.0 0.3 0.3 0.7 0.3 0.7 0.0 0.0 0.3 1.3
Bill Walker 2 2.5 0.5 1.0 50.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.5 1.0
Brian Scalabrine 3 6.3 0.3 1.3 25.0 0.0 0.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.7 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.7