For much of this season, the Celtics have been consistently inconsistent, and that trend continued this week. After getting on a recent roll, winning 8 of 10 games at one point, the Celtics had a rough start to this past week. To be fair, they’ve been fighting the injury bug all year. But all teams deal with injuries. Some teams fight through them and others use them as excuses.
The team’s week began on a sour note, first losing to the mediocre Charlotte Hornets by 21. Then, they suffered their worst defeat of the season, losing at home to the lowly Oklahoma City Thunder, a team that would be beaten later in the week to Indiana by 57.
“In the past, we may have been able to get away with a subpar performance. This team hasn’t won a game all year that I can remember where we played subpar.”— Brad Stevens
However, the Celtics bounced back by avenging the loss to the Hornets at TD Garden, 120-111. They followed up that winning effort by defeating the San Antonio Spurs in the unofficial game of the week, a 143-140 OT thriller in which Jayson Tatum tied Larry Bird’s team record with 60 points in a single game. Incredibly, the Celtics came back from 32 down to win; the deficit at halftime was 29 points.
The thrilling contest was followed by potential disaster when, in Sunday’s loss to Portland, Tatum collided with Jaylen Brown, who seemed to get the worst of it. If either ends up out for an extended period of time, the season is probably lost.
With seven games left in the regular season, Boston is on the outside looking in. The Miami Heat leapfrogged the Celtics on Sunday in the standings, and they would be the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs if it started today. That means the Celtics are looking at a play-in game just to make it to the big dance. Can the inconsistent Celtics find some consistency heading into the playoffs? Otherwise, they will be one-and-done.
By: Peter Mooney CruelFan.com