Early Season Struggles Starting to Occur for The Boston Celtics

Emmanuel Carter

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Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics is shooting a tightly guarded shot over Charlotte Hornets Star Kemba Walker.                             (Credit: Charlotte Observer)

Absolutely NOTHING went right for the 17 times NBA champions, the Boston Celtics at the start of the 2018-2019 NBA season. They struggled game in-game out every night and are still trying to find that spark that the team needs to obtain to start winning games and to get back into their smooth flow of winning basketball.

Through the first 20 games of the season, the projected Eastern conference favorites have a whopping record of 10-10 and are ranked #7th in the Eastern conference and #14th overall in the NBA (Source: stats.nba.com), losing to the and weaker teams on their schedule, who are not as much favored as them such as the Dallas Mavericks, Orlando Magic, and the New York Knicks who are also struggling themselves. The Celtics’ offense has been flat-out embarrassing, as there as their offense, which is known for their juggernaut, and explosive power. However, their offense ranks last in the NBA in points.

Head coach of the Boston Celtics Brad Stevens was disappointed and aggravated about the teams’ performance in recent games, he called his own team out by saying that “we have to build a tougher team mindset than we have.” Along with Brad Stevens, Celtics Star point guard, Kyrie Irving is also really frustrated about the team’s performance but he is also being patient by letting things take their time to adjust. After a recent loss, Irving said, “I hate to keep saying it takes time but this game, it’s just so fragile, you’ve got to do little things, you have to earn your wins in this league Until we figure that out, we’ll be struggling.” He also says that the struggling Celtics, are nearing “rock bottom.”

The Celtics are also coming off a fantastic 2017-2018 season as they made it all the way up to the Eastern conference championship serious against the mighty Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The series went to 7 games and the Celtics lost in a great series they put up against the Cavs led by their two dominant young players in Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. The Celtics overcame all those wins in the postseason even without their top 2 stars on the team in Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving, both unable to play due to injuries. This shows how successful they were ending last season, and how horrible they have been starting off the new season.

For most Celtics fans these Celtics have been downright frustrating to watch so far. They remain one of the best defensive teams in the league, according to NBA statistics. However, they are still facing major problems as a team to win games and being successful as a franchise due to their lack of offense. The Celtics are holding on for their lives to have a significant turnaround season as they sit in a rough position in the Eastern conference standings. They have high hopes for eventually making the playoffs and trying to accomplish their main goal which is to secure their first NBA championship Since 2010.