The Boston Celtics currently travel first class on the fight bus so far this NBA season. Who would have predicted that at this point in the season they would have fewer wins than the New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls and Charlotte Hornets? Nobody, that’s who.
The Celtics are 8-14 since returning to the court after their COVID-19 hiatus. So far, no player has shot each other or the coaching staff in the media. General manager Danny Ainge has taken responsibility, taking the blame for the team’s struggles, as he is the one who put the roster together.
While it is Ainge’s responsibility to sign and trade players to make the roster, he has little control over what happens on the court. Right now, the Celtics are not a very good team despite having two All-Stars in Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown on the team.
The tandem does all the heavy lifting for the team offensively, as Kemba Walker is still recovering his way back from knee surgery in the offseason. They combine to get 51 points per game, but the team is not winning. And there is one player in the NBA who believes the losses will continue to pile up as long as the Celtics rely on the Brown / Tatum combination.
An anonymous gamer recently provided harsh criticism of the duo from Boston.
It is a pity that the player did not include his name in this quote. Still, that’s a scathing criticism from one of his peers. Just looking at their attendance numbers, they could probably do a little more to get their teammates involved.
Without his main assistant Marcus Smart, one of the pillars of the young franchise is to be expected to step up and adjust his game, but he hasn’t yet. The evidence is in the win-lose column.
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For the Celtics to take their game to the next level, one of Jaylen Brown or Jayson Tatum needs to start expanding their game. While it was an anonymous quote, NBA players have already forgotten more about basketball than most people will ever learn.
This assessment is not unfounded and it might be time for the young Celtics duo to look in the mirror and make some changes to help the team start winning some games.