The Celtics have now dropped ten games from their past 15, and after losing to the Detroit Pistons on Friday night, Boston had a chance to get back on track Sunday. They were visiting yet another team from the Eastern Conference whose struggles this year have been through the roof. Instead, they never showed up and lost 104-91 to the Washington Wizards.
Dissecting the team a little closer during this 15-game stretch, the Celtics have managed to hang in there defensively, but it’s their offense that’s letting them down. They’re 23rd in the league in offense during the stretch, scoring 109.1 points per 100 possessions, and 28th in assists per game at 20.9. Not good numbers to see, considering this team made the Eastern Conference Finals last year.
I do need to point out that Boston’s roster has been incredibly thin throughout the season and only very briefly been at full strength. How bad, you ask? The Celtics’ four best players have only shared the floor for 28 minutes this season. Kemba Walker missed the first 11 games while recovering from an offseason knee procedure and still doesn’t play in back-to-backs. Jayson Tatum tested positive for COVID-19 and missed five games. Jaylen Brown has been sidelined a few times because of a minor knee problem, and Marcus Smart has missed the last seven contests due to a calf injury.
It’s been a rollercoaster of a year for the Celtics, but these injuries and continued setbacks are putting extra pressure on the team’s rotations. There are only so many minutes that Tatum and Brown can play to keep the team afloat.
Catch you Thursday.