The All-Star Break is over and the stretch run of the NBA season is upon us. With that should come a sense of urgency from the Boston Celtics as they jockey for playoff seeding. But the exact opposite happened this week for the Celtics.
Their first game out of the break was against the best team in basketball in the Milwaukee Bucks. The game went back and forth in Milwaukee as the two teams were slugging it out.
The Celtics were down one with the ball and 3 seconds to go. Kyrie Irving took the final shot but missed the running floater over Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Celtics lost 98–97. Kyrie struggled from from the floor as he shot 9 of 27 from the floor but Al Horford came to play as he finished with 21 points and 17 rebounds. It was a tough loss but not a bad loss.
Next up on the road trip was the lowly Chicago Bulls. This should have been an easy win but like many times this year, it wasn’t. The Celtics lost 126–116 as they gave up career highs to both Lauri Markkanen (35 points) and Zach LaVine (42 points). There’s no way around this one, it’s a horrible loss at a very bad time.
Next up was another huge game on the road against the Toronto Raptors. But once again, the Celtics didn’t show up and got blown out 118–95. There’s no way around this one either, the Celtics quit. They had horrible body language and they were a bunch of individuals and not a team. It wasn’t the worst loss of the year, but it was the lowest point of the Boston Celtics’ season.
Finally to close out the week, the Celtics flew back home to take on the Portland Trailblazers. The Celtics tried in this game but once again, the Celtics lost again 97–92. The Celtics losing streak sits at 4 which is the longest of the season.
In my opinion, this is the worst week in the Brad Stevens’ era. There’s nothing positive to take from this week. The Boston Celtics’ are done, at least as title contenders. But they are in fact done. This team has as much talent as anyone in the league and they’re limping their way to the 5th seed. But hey, how about those Bruins! 37–25.
Steve Santoro (SVS_1993)