Without getting into the gritty details of the Celtics’ blowout loss to the Sacramento Kings, let’s just say that things have indeed been better in Boston than they are right now. After beating the Brooklyn Nets convincingly on Christmas Day, the C’s have been blown out by the LA Clippers, Golden State Warriors and the less-than-imposing Kings. Clearly, Doc Rivers’ team is discombobulated.
And what must be running through the head of Kevin Garnett? I came back for this?
Before you become too fixated on that Nets victory, it’s worth noting that the Nets were a lifeless mess in their own right, and that their head coach got the ax shortly after losing to our C’s. So, despite Boston playing well for perhaps the first time all season, I’m not putting to much stock in the result.
Instead, I look at the combined 69 point deficit inflicted by the Clips, Warriors and Kings.
We just allowed DeMarcus Cousins to go triple-double on us, people.
I know, there will be those who want to see what happens when Avery Bradley comes back. And I’m one of the believers in terms of Bradley making a major difference, but I’m also a realist and understand that his return won’t thrust this team into the championship discussion anytime soon.
No, the problems run far deeper than anything that Bradley can remedy. This team needs to take a good, long look in the mirror, starting with President of Basketball Operations, Danny Ainge. I’m of the opinion that Ainge received far too much credit for bringing Banner 17 to Boston. If you really think about it, it was Ainge’s relationship with Kevin McHale and allowed the Celtics to deal for KG. Without that transaction, it’s safe to say that we’d still be stuck on Banner 16.
From a player standpoint, the Celtics need to regroup. Collectively. There has to be a renewed sense of urgency. Otherwise, this team is in real danger of missing the playoffs altogether, in a weak Eastern Conference.
Who knows, maybe that’s the best thing for the future of the team at this point.