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SportThe Boston Celtics are a hot mess right now and it could get worse tonight

17:50  12 february  2019
17:50  12 february  2019 Source:   ftw.usatoday.com

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The Boston Celtics are bad right now . It ’s probably just “ right now ”, but that doesn’t make it any less true. After a somewhat encouraging Opening Night win over They started slow again and it didn’t get much better as the game went along. They are this confounding mixture of individual selfishness and

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This time last week Boston sports fans lined the streets of their beloved city for yet another joyous championship parade.

Now a week later, many of those same fans will turn on their TVs Tuesday night and possibly witness their beloved Celtics hit rock bottom in a huge game against the rival Sixers, who only got stronger at last week's trade deadline.

Because it's just been that type of week in what has been a wildly perplexing season thus far for a team that was expected by many to roll into the NBA Finals this June. Instead, they're currently fifth in the Eastern Conference and going through a rough stretch of days both on, and off the court.

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The Celtics are a mess and just when you thought it was bad enough after Kemba Walker’s 43-point effort Monday, Trey Burke So far, this much ballyhooed season can ’t get any worse . The question is , when do these matters get fixed? After every practice the Celtics say they are improving.

1. Why is Boston ’s Offense Suddenly so Bad . Over the past three years, the Boston Celtics ended Now 51 games into his fifth season as head coach, Stevens’s Celtics rank 14th in assist percentage How they got here, and it that relates to a path towards less selfish tendencies, is a slight Catch-22.

It started with all the trade deadline rumors about Anthony Davis and how the Celtics would like to try to work out a trade with the New Orleans Pelicans in the offseason. That made guys like Jason Tatum and Jaylen Brown - two key cogs in last year's playoff run - start wondering about their futures with the franchise.

Then a few hours after the trade deadline, the Celtics coughed up an 18-point lead to the Lakers - a team that was coming off a 42-point loss to the Indiana Pacers - and lost on a Rajon Rondo buzzer-beater.

They backed up that dreadful performance with an even worse one on Saturday night when they blew a 28-point lead to the Clippers and were booed off their home court:

Marcus Morris then went off on his team after the game:

"For me it's not really about the loss. It's about the attitudes that we're playing with," Morris said. "Guys are hanging their heads. It's just not fun. It's not fun. We're not competing at a high level. Even though we're winning, it's not fun. I don't see the joy in the game. I watch all these other teams around the league and guys are up on the bench, they're jumping on the court, they're doing all of this other stuff that looks like they're enjoying their teammates' success, they're enjoying everything, and they're playing together and they're playing to win. And when I look at us I just see a bunch of individuals."

He of course walked that back a little Monday, but it's sure hard to just forget about all that.

And it's sure hard to not notice all the issues the Celtics are dealing with that has them not where they want to be with 26 games left in the regular season.

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The traffic was such a mess that the state troopers would not allow the Laker bus to get near Terminal C. And that's when I saw Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and It was the eve of Game 5 in that unforgettable 1984 NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers, and it was a pretty good

Don't let wishful thinking spoil what should be a wonderful day. You have so much going for you now that you don't need to waste time on vague dreams. Decide what your number one aim is going to be and got for it with everything you've got .

Nobody knows if Kyrie Irving is certain to come back next year, even though Danny Ainge said last week that the Celtics are "engaged" with the star guard and they will re-up on July 1.

The young players who led the team in a phenomenal playoff run last year have all struggled to find their roles with Irving and Gordon Hayward returning this year.

Oh, and Kyrie sprained his knee against the Clippers and won't be in the lineup Tuesday night.

Speaking of Tuesday night - Boston travels to Philly to face a stacked Sixers team that would love to send the Celtics - and the rest of the league - a message with a huge win before the All-Star Break.

Yup, the Celtics are in the midst of some tough times.

And yup, it could definitely get even worse tonight.

Which makes that parade and all those positive sports vibes in Boston seem so darn long ago.

Which probably makes a lot of people not from Boston very happy.

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And I think that’s why I got along so well with the city of Boston , and why we connected with each other like And it ’s kind of similar for this era of Celtics : As long as the C’s had been around, all they’d done was ’Cause what they’re showing me right now , is all I needed tonight : to know I’m not alone.

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