That’s it. I believed in this Celtics team through their 10-10 start, with so many silver linings to hang on to. No more.
Gordon Hayward could’ve come around. He did, then reverted to four points per game following an all-star break injury. Marcus Morris thrived through the whole first half, and has smashed back to Earth since his injury. The Celtics won 10 of 11 before the break, but still clamored as Irving described a challenging year on ESPN. I wondered why they weren’t content with the wins, now five losses in six games showed why. This is deeper than basketball.
Irving’s unwillingness to engage with the media doesn’t bother me as much as his dejectedness toward this situation. A worst-case scenario of him departing this summer now seems within reason, but what else could go wrong for this group as the season nears a close? As they failed to muster consistency and cohesiveness, how far could they drop?
The losses to the Trailblazers and Rockets at home showed a new level of discouragement visually across the team. Do any lineup changes help? Does Brad Stevens share some blame? We discuss all this and more on this week’s Havlicek Stole the Pod. It’s available for subscription on iTunes and Stitcher.